‘Boat Race’ goes to Treat
Everyone agreed the new snow on Mammoth Mountain was nice, and strong winds made for some nice wind buff.
But it wasn’t so nice for the Village Championships on Tuesday, Feb. 19, which had to cancel its first-ever Super G off Chair 14 to Reds Lake.
The next VC race is Tuesday, Feb. 26. It is a dual GS, with each run counting as a race.
The gnarly weather did not stop some competitors, however. Convening at Gomez’s in the Village, they conducted their Third Annual “Boat Race,” with Nick “Lucky” Treat finishing first.
This was a 24-oz. “race,” which tested the competitors, judging by the numbers of DNFs (Did Not Finish) and DQs (Disqualified).
For those not in the know, a boat race is a drinking competition. Rules vary widely, but the gist of it involves a team drinking in series and aiming to finish first.
Common rules include those regulating the number and gender of drinkers, the vessels from which the liquid must be consumed, and punishments for spilling. The game appeared in the Broken Lizard movie “Beerfest.”
Generally speaking, a boat race begins with all competitors placing their drinks on a mutual table. When a referee begins the race, the first drinker on each team is allowed to pick up a drink and begin chugging.
Once a beverage is consumed, the drinker must invert the empty vessel on his or her head. This is done to ensure no cheating occurs. The next teammate cannot touch his or her drink until this has occurred. Empty vessels must be kept on the competitor’s head until the race is over.
It’s not ski racing, but on a day with sideways snow, plummeting temperatures and plenty of wind, the Mammoth VC racers just had to make do with what they had.
There were 12 competitors and three (ahem) “forerunners,” with two rounds of racing. In the first round there were some DNF’s and some DQ’s. Treat was the winner, but the result was under protest.
Therefore a second round took place and Treat emerged as the clear winner.