Monday, May 25, 2015

Kinetic Race Gets Wet, Photographs from the Front Lines

Posted By on Mon, May 25, 2015 at 7:52 AM

click to enlarge The Moonshine Banditos capsize shortly after entering Humboldt Bay during the second day of the 2015 Kinetic Grand Championship. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • The Moonshine Banditos capsize shortly after entering Humboldt Bay during the second day of the 2015 Kinetic Grand Championship.
Things got downright damp Sunday, as the Kinetic Sculpture Race's second day began with the ever feared water entry. Some sculptures launched, where others merely wobbled and tipped, before a lively crowd near Eureka's Wharfinger Building. The first waves of racers are expected to approach the finish line on Ferndale's Main Street at about 1 p.m. today, so if you're still itching to catch a piece of the race up close and personal, it's not too late. Check out our Kinetic Primer here for tips on what today's final leg of the race will bring. In the meantime, here's a look back at Day Two's angst-inducing water entry, courtesy of Journal contributors Mark Larson and Mark McKenna.


click to enlarge Funguys Too.20 pass Whale of a Wedding on the way to line up for the water crossing of Humboldt Bay.. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • Funguys Too.20 pass Whale of a Wedding on the way to line up for the water crossing of Humboldt Bay..
click to enlarge Melvin smoothly enters Humboldt Bay. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • Melvin smoothly enters Humboldt Bay.
click to enlarge Tempest Fugitives - Drilling for Glory creates quite splash. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • Tempest Fugitives - Drilling for Glory creates quite splash.
click to enlarge Buggy for Glory pilot Peter Wagner celebrates his successful bay entry... - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • Buggy for Glory pilot Peter Wagner celebrates his successful bay entry...
click to enlarge ... a bit too soon. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • ... a bit too soon.
click to enlarge It seems Wagner didn't injure much more than pride, as he was able to quickly right his sculpture and start rowing east to the take out at the Samoa Bridge. - MARK LARSON
  • Mark Larson
  • It seems Wagner didn't injure much more than pride, as he was able to quickly right his sculpture and start rowing east to the take out at the Samoa Bridge.
click to enlarge Corpie Cruiser capsizes moments after entering Humboldt Bay. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • Corpie Cruiser capsizes moments after entering Humboldt Bay.
click to enlarge Moonshine Banditos took a second stab at the water entry, without much success. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • Moonshine Banditos took a second stab at the water entry, without much success.
click to enlarge Top of the Mountain TO YOU! pilots celebrate a successful entry. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • Top of the Mountain TO YOU! pilots celebrate a successful entry.
click to enlarge A large crowd gathered on the Eureka waterfront to watch the human-powered sculptures float by. - MARK LARSON
  • Mark Larson
  • A large crowd gathered on the Eureka waterfront to watch the human-powered sculptures float by.
click to enlarge Other spectators took to the water. - MARK LARSON
  • Mark Larson
  • Other spectators took to the water.
click to enlarge Some got a clear view from the deck of the Madaket. - MARK LARSON
  • Mark Larson
  • Some got a clear view from the deck of the Madaket.
click to enlarge Meanwhile, the launches continued. Here, Flying Spaghetti Monster: Plan C, makes a smooth entry. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • Meanwhile, the launches continued. Here, Flying Spaghetti Monster: Plan C, makes a smooth entry.
click to enlarge Flaming Farmers throw up a fireball in celebration. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • Flaming Farmers throw up a fireball in celebration.
click to enlarge Shells Angles enter with confidence. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • Shells Angles enter with confidence.
click to enlarge Meri the Monarch shed its wings for pontoons the water portion of the race. - MARK LARSON
  • Mark Larson
  • Meri the Monarch shed its wings for pontoons the water portion of the race.
click to enlarge Maybe the fire balls are just a trick to keep warm. - MARK LARSON
  • Mark Larson
  • Maybe the fire balls are just a trick to keep warm.
click to enlarge Running Road Runner Down paddled past the Eureka waterfront on his way to the take out at the Samoa Bridge. - MARK LARSON
  • Mark Larson
  • Running Road Runner Down paddled past the Eureka waterfront on his way to the take out at the Samoa Bridge.
click to enlarge The Mariners: Team Hoosier Daddy looks like it belongs on the bay as it paddles east past the Woodley Island Marina. - MARK LARSON
  • Mark Larson
  • The Mariners: Team Hoosier Daddy looks like it belongs on the bay as it paddles east past the Woodley Island Marina.
click to enlarge It wouldn't be a Kinetic event without bubbles. - MARK LARSON
  • Mark Larson
  • It wouldn't be a Kinetic event without bubbles.
click to enlarge The Hot Roddenberrys head for the Samoa Bridge on Humboldt Bay during the second day of the 2015 Kinetic Grand Championship. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • The Hot Roddenberrys head for the Samoa Bridge on Humboldt Bay during the second day of the 2015 Kinetic Grand Championship.


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