I remember my first experience watching a boat race in Marietta, Ohio. What a great opportunity it was to watch top level competitors I had never before seen compete.
At this race I was watching two “southern boys,” both top level competitors in the SST 120 class, competing on the back stretch. The one trying to pass obviously had top end on the leader.
As they headed down the back stretch it looked pretty clear that the passing boat was being introduced to areas on the course not normally traversed as he was pushed out when he tried a pass. Now, it is hard to call “bearing away” from the shoreline where you do NOT have a good angle to make such a call…BUT…
Was it bearing away or not? Tough call for all involved. Many an argument of calls made or not made have I had the “privilege(?)” to listen to during a race weekend.
Life is filled with tough calls that have to be made. Often there are numerous perspectives from which to view life circumstances. That is why it is so important for all involved to value wisdom and sound judgement. This goes for drivers, owners, crew, spectators and officials. Healthy perspective is of great value.
At the end of the day people are so much more important than trophies or titles. The greater good of the sport and the health of the series should be of great weight in making individual decisions.
I love the outstanding characteristic of the person of Jesus Christ who was willing to serve others and give His all for the good of a needy world. Service above self even in the midst of tough competition has its place.
“The Son of man did not come to be served, but to serve and to give His life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45
Father, what a privilege to be able to be involved in such a great sport as powerboat racing! Help us all to maintain perspective as we seek to compete aggressively and with skill. Allow us to maintain perspective as we do. May the servant spirit of Christ inspire us to seek the greater good. Amen.