829 Southdrive

829 Southdrive

A New Jersey state of mind



Thursday, October 11, 2012

Photo Quiz





What is this?  


30 comments:

  1. A flag of some sort - most likely a yacht club burgee. Or the Frank Perdue company flag?

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  2. I agree, a flag of some sort, I would guess that the markings on the flag indicate the race date and the sail # of the winning boat of each race.

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  3. Sandscraper, you're correct. Next question: Which class of boat?

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  5. that'll be the "Courage Class" dinghy, fashioned from half a Tun and known only to people who enjoy warm beer. Doodle!

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  6. OK, I kinda gave up on this one and figured one of the local Barnegat Bay racing dudes would chime in.

    Mr. Google was able to tell me this:

    - There's no Barnegat Bay racing dude named Cott Allahan, but there is one named Scott Callahan, who seems to have been active (and winning a lot) in local racing classes (including E-Scows, M-Scows, and A-Cats) since at least the mid-'70s, and who was still winning races as recently as 2010. He must be awfully lucky as somehow he's been regional and national champ in various scows many times.

    - Scott is a member of Bay Head Yacht Club, as was his dad, who was well-enough thought of that a memeorial trophy has been named for him.

    - Scott is still active enough that he's doing write-ups of local races for national racing organizations, and was 4th in the A-Cats championship this year.

    - Besides awarding the ususal pickle dishes, at least some Barnegat Bay clubs awarded something called a rooster to people who win some races.

    - Someone named Gary Jobson, who got his start racing on Barnegat Bay, mentions these 'rooster flags' in one of the books he wrote about his involvement in sailing over the years.

    - So, I'm guessing this is one of those 'roosters' awarded for a series of races back in the 70s, probably for M-Scows.


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    1. The rooster is awarded to the 1st place finisher of each class of the Saturday BBYRA races, each week throughout the summer.

      But this one was not for M-scows.

      This blog provides all of the resources one will need to answer the upcoming questions.

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    2. I think the resources I'll need to pursue this further are accessible only via a corkscrew.

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    3. It's nice that you can now resort to that at midday!

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  7. Maybe I do need a sommelier, after all.

    I can't figure out what wine goes best with my morning cheerios.

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    1. Just go with the Samurai's suggestion. Can't go wrong.

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    2. If you are eating the classic Cheerios, I might suggest a German riesling. If it's the multigrain (sweeter) version, maybe a pinot grigio, or an Australian sauvignon blanc?

      While I (typically) refrain from involving red wine before 9:00 a.m., if you haven't brushed your teeth yet, why not consider a food-friendly pinot noir, or a versatile rioja?

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    3. Hey, isn't Burgundy the grape used to make Pinot Noir?

      If he were having Fruit Loops, I'd suggest a fresh Beaujolais Nouveau, available in about a month.

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    4. Actually, Baydog, someone did suggest I try some fruit with my Cheerios, and wine was the first fruit that came to mind. I've been thinking along the line of Mojo's suggestion - a drier white like Pinot Grigio or maybe a Riesling. I think I'd reserve the reds for something heavier, like oatmeal or sausages.

      Mojo, I've found that in retirement brushing my teeth has become a pivotal moment in the day - it marks a commitment to the day, after which I can no longer return to bed.


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    5. Is that a rhetorical question, mon sommelier? Bien sur, as you well know.

      Fruit Loops and Beaujolais Nouveau-- made for each other!

      But I am having trouble envisioning O'Docker pulling up to a bowl of Fruit Loops.

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    6. O Docker - I see your point about the pivotal morning moment. Why commit when you don't have to?

      Don't forsake the the optionality. You can (and will) have red wine with lunch, only a couple of hours hence!

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    7. Come on now. We could go on endlessly with this. Yes, I would drink all day long if I could, but my boss won't let me. What about the quiz? Where's Tillerman? Or M2F, who was the first one to search for clues after I published this post (I noticed that, TG).

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    8. Ok, Dog, apologies for interrupting the quiz; I'm no help on that.

      But tomorrow is a new day: Fruit Loops and Beaujolais (Villages, until November)!

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    9. It's been many a year since either of us has seen Nouveau in Neauvember, at least on OFD.

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  8. Again: Which class, and then, who won the bay that summer, and what color was his/her boat? The answers are all here somewhere. I hope someone has some time to kill. Is Tillerman home yet?

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  9. I was working my way in that direction, but couldn't pin down his sail number.

    He won the Lightning Class that year (and just about every other year). He was also a not-too-distant neighbor of yours at 829 South Drive.

    Those sail numbers would have been some of the last wooden Lightnings. He later went into fiberglass Lightning construction and built one for himself, with a much later number.

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    1. Ah, finally found it:

      Muzzy Barton, Penguin "Insider", sail #7731.

      You crewed for your dad on a Penguin around then, no?

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    2. Good job, O Docker.

      Not for 5 years by then. In 1977, I was having my ass handed to me in the Laser.

      There is a photo with Muzzy's penguin in it, if you noticed which club he sailed for. What color?

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  10. Yep. And how did my Dad get to keep the rooster?

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    1. By winning the last race of the season.

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    2. Yes. It's one of the several items of his I had to have after he died. I'm a sentimental kind of person, if you didn't know.

      Thanks to those who found it worthwhile to participate in the quiz!

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