When Spawn takes to the water this coming weekend, we can hope the creature does so in style.
Oh, I'm not talking about crispy new sails or all those lovely electronics that had to be re-purchased after they failed their swim test in February.
Nuh uh. I'm talking fashion.
For instance, the bedazzling of Spawn.
The nice UPS folks delivered a big fat roll of super reflective tape last week –– the kind favored by firefighters and highway road-signs –– which I have been slathering all over Spawn and her crew's gear...Ooooh, sparkly!
A strip on the transom, check. A matched pair at the bow, check. Stripes at the mast-tip, boom end, and at neatly spaced intervals on the racks. Check, check check. Dots on the dry-suits, dots on the life-jackets, ovals on the trapeze harnesses. And of course, wide bands at the end of the oars. The phrase "lit up like a Christmas tree" drifts to mind.
And because it's not really a sports team without uniforms, there are Spawn shirts aplenty. While racing, the sailors will be wearing safety-orange long-sleeve sports shirts.
Photos don't do justice to the racing shirt's DayGlo spectacularity. Think prison jumpsuits. Think highway construction workers. Think Bananarama! in 1985.
Thanks to Carol at CDM Gifts who did the sublimation printing. (Sublimation printing is the process that allows for quick and permanent printing on polyester. Kind of amazing.) And why would I want polyester? In a word, sun protection.
And thank you Leslie Fisher at Masthead Enterprises for connecting me with Carol!
The Spawnsters each have a nifty embroidered ballcap from kindly supporter Ned J., who reads the blog from Maine when he can't be sailing in warmer climes. They are even personalized with our WaterTribe names! Thank you, Ned and Anne!
Unlike so many modern fashionistas, Team Spawn has free range of the snack aisle.
They will have granola bars, breakfast shakes, hearty meat rolls, and homemade goodies like beef jerky and these cashew-dried-cherry dark chocolate bars.
...Assuming they remember to fuel the machines. All three are what dog-training professionals would call "Not food motivated."
And in the four remaining days (Ah! Ah! Ahhhh!), Captain TwoBeers will be figuring out how to stow all this stuff.
Spawn might be ripe for a closet makeover.
Is there an HGTV show with this as the topic? How first-worldy a problem is that?
3/1/2016 12:20:28 pm
very good, Having spent 20 yrs looking for people in the water, lost boats, and such. anything that can be used to reflect light is a great idea. in the dark of the ocean a dim light looks like the sun. Oh last weekend your spot with Frankinscots picture on it showed up on the tracking map.
3/1/2016 07:45:22 pm
That SPOT is very very cool.
3/1/2016 03:15:50 pm
Good luck !
3/1/2016 07:45:41 pm
Joe Frohock AKA PUMA
3/1/2016 06:10:57 pm
Best of Luck you pass the test you will look like a Rock Star on the beach .
3/1/2016 07:46:13 pm
3/2/2016 07:44:55 am
"Not food motivated". Love it! Good luck guys.
3/3/2016 11:12:25 am
3/2/2016 08:47:58 am
Good luck to all. Are you going? Where is this race?
3/3/2016 11:13:53 am
3/2/2016 10:08:49 pm
Good luck out there!! I'll be sending good vibes from the opposite corner of the country!
3/3/2016 11:12:40 am
3/3/2016 08:07:43 pm
I can hear the drumbeats all the way up here on the 45th parallel!.
3/3/2016 08:59:46 pm
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