Viva Osh Vegas
On Thursday 20 A Scows arrived in Oshkosh to battle it out for the 5th annual NCASA National Championships. Oshkosh hosted the first ever NCASA regatta and it was fun to go back to the “scene of the crime” so to speak and battle it out on ‘big brown.’
The temps and the humidity were borderline unbearable as we rigged up in the parking lot, which more closely resembled a griddle than a lot. With the lake a few steps away, one might think a quick dip to cool off was in order. However, the color and the consistency of the Lake Winnebago water is more than enough of a deterrent to keep most everyone in the hotbox. Lies were told, beers flowed and the 20 boats were rigged for battle. A few teams snuck out to grab a quick practice sail while the late afternoon sea breeze filled, which was good enough to bring the core temperature down to a decent level. After the journey out to the wild brown yonder the dinner spot for all the teams was almost unanimously the Roxy, the finest supper club in Oshkosh, where the famous question is asked by some of the oldest…err…I mean, most experienced waitresses in the world, ”Soup or Tomato Juice? “HUH?” was pretty much the reaction had by most. I opted for the cold cucumber soup since I couldn’t get my tomato juice in my preferred format, infused with copious amounts of vodka. The soup was good, but we did have one team member that bit the bullet and got the juice. After watching Team Melvin hammer down 2 boots of beer we decided to get outta there before they included us in that age old tradition of swapping DNA with your team by way of sharing beer in a glass boot. Off to the hotel bar to tell more lies and catch up with old friends.