“Hang on folks, we got us a race!” Boomer shouted, “Call it, Trigg!”
And “call it” he did, and at that instant Boomer & Herzog jammed the throttles to the stops. The smaller, lighter Danger Bay immediately shot ahead and quickly opened up nearly a quarter-mile lead…
And so begins The Great Boat Race…
Chapter V—Episode 4—the Epic Race:
We’ll gat back to the race soon enough, but first we must return to the Village of Danger Bay where in the
Mayor’s race, a recount of the ballots has been triggered by the 3 vote difference in the vote total for the candidates—with Maggie leading.
It was discovered that both Daisy & PepperCooper had voted, a fact that set off a bit of a row…
“Obviously voter fraud by ACORN,” declared Millie Gamboge, the incumbent Mayor’s wife & campaign manager, “I just KNEW this would happen with these outsiders!”
“ACORN registered no one!” Bill the barber shot back, “If they’re smart enough to speak, they should be allowed to vote!”
“Wal, I hate t’ say it,” Medlar Farkleberry said, “An’ much as I like the little critters, the law don’t let non-humans t’vote.”
“I’m going to challenge the absentee votes, as well.” Mayor George Gamboge added.
“Just like the real world, we can’t even settle an election in our little village.” Sarah sighed, and then looking down at her faithful little friend, asked, “Pepper, how did you & Daisy manage to vote?”
Oh Dear! Maybe we’d best get back to the boat race!
“Port engine overheating,” Herzog announced.
“Shut down Portside engine!” Trigg ordered, “Port cooling door to full open, and set trim for one engine operation!”
“Aye First,” Herzog acknowledged as he pulled the throttle to the stop position, “Port engine at zero revs! Port cooling door full open. Setting trim for one propeller cruise.”
Without the port engine, the Sparrow slowed her acceleration. The boat began to pull to port (left), and then corrected with the trim reset.
“Port engine has cooled,” Herzog announced, “close cooling door, First?”
“Do it,” Trigg replied, “Starboard?”
“Running cool, sir,” Herzog answered, “Should we turn back?”
“What,” Trigg smiled, “And not let Lar Farkleberry look at it?”
“Aye sir,” Herzog replied, “he would be insulted. Does this mean we’ve surrendered the race to the Danger Bay?”
“No, son, it just means it will take us a little longer to overtake her,” Trigg chuckled, “I think even on one engine the Sparrow is still faster—I just hope we don’t run out of Lake before we catch her.”
Meanwhile aboard the Danger Bay:
“Hey Boomer,” Bob, who had been watching the Sparrow begin to close the distance between the boats, observed, “The Sparrow has slowed.”
“She has,” Boomer acknowledged, “Trigg radioed he’s down to one engine—we got us a race, now.”
“We didn’t have a race?” Chris asked, “I’m not sure I understand.”
“It has to do with displacement hulls,” Bob began to explain, “You see…”
“…the hull-length at the waterline determines the maximum speed of the boat.” Ines finished his sentence with a large grin.
“So we’ll win!” Lysa chimed in.
“Not necessarily,” Bob replied, not looking at her, but at Ines—just in case she was thinking about finishing this sentence—she only smiled, “The Sparrow might reach her maximum hull-speed even on only one engine, so we do have a race.”
“I want in on this,” Ines declared, “Boomer, I want the wheel.”
“Okay,” Boomer replied, and after a slight pause for effect, added, “Ma’am.”
Will the Sparrow catch the Danger Bay?
Will the election finally be over?
Who is Bill the Barber?
—the story Continues…
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