The Official Mac Meda Rough Drink started in the early 1970s (sorry exact date is a tad fuzzy) and for about 8 years it grew until lifeguards, police and the Coast Guard, banned boats from being X miles from the La Jolla Rough Water swim. Well, drinking also had a major role.
The first Drink, two boats collided and sunk. The famous picture (we are trying to get it now) shows a guy standing on the bow, with beer in hand, as the boat slowly sinks. The next year, T-shirts were made with the logo of just the arm holding a beer and the words La Jolla Rough Drink, and the year.
Now Coast Guard regulations for safe boating require that each recreational boat be equipped with an appropriate life jacket for each person on board and a requirement for the maximum number of people on a vessel based on the size of vessel. Okay …
Boats less than 16 feet long and all canoes and kayaks must have the following safety equipment:
- A U.S. Coast Guard approved wearable life jacket for each person aboard.
- Proper lights displayed sunset to sunrise.
- One Coast Guard approved fire extinguisher of B-1 or larger unless boat construction doesn’t allow explosive or flammable gases or vapors to be trapped and blab blab blab …
The Coast Guard Regulation for number of people in a boat is based on the following formula: The vessel length in feet times the vessel width in feet divided by 15.
Mac Meda Rough Drinks regulation are a little different then Coast Guard regulations for safe boating. There are only two regulations
- Get as many floating devices as possible, that includes, but not limited to boats, rafts, surfboards, boogie boards etc etc.
- Cram as many people and beers as you can in them and still float!!!
So lets make captains Doug Moranville’s (Stocker) and Pinky’s (Wood-i, the green boat) the perfect example of how Mac Meda conforms to their rules.
The Stroker is 12 feet long, about 5 feet wide, the capacity according to the formula is 4 people, but Moranville has about 12! Good job Doug!
And check out Pinky’s lobster skiff, that’s required to carry 9, but I think the count is around 25. Now check it out when it taxied a ton of people; the rails are about 2 inches out of the water, but we must not forget, that included the lobster boxes which were transformed into coolers and packed with beers, which added a ton and the reason why it is riding so lowwww heading to the event. Way to keep on top of regulations!!!
Well Albert’s Captain followed regulations when he cruised the event in a 18 foot Whaler with two other people. The captain figured, gorillas probably did not like to swim.
And out of the hundreds of people, the ONLY person that has a life vest was Thomas Hendricks, that’s because he had a neck brace for a broken neck … but we will let this slide…
Hummm, beside Thomas and Albert, do you think for one second that any of the other Rough Water Drink captains conformed to Coast Guard regulation?
I don’t think so ….
Photos by Doug Moranville