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Madison Snaps: May 9, 2007
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To the Water!
Credit:Liz Ahlberg

Today's image is titled To the Water! and was photographed by Liz Ahlberg.

This photo, taken Saturday, May 5, is the third in a set of five documenting the launching of Toy Boat, a 30-foot Graham and Schlageter racing keelboat with an in-board diesel engine, one of the largest members of the Hoofers Sailing Club fleet. This craft was donated to the club in October 2003 by Larry Schell, and has a long history of competitive sailing on Lake Michigan.

As described in its profile for the Hoofers Keelboat Fleet:

Toy Boat is a Graham and Schlageter 30, and has a rich history to inspire nautical education among Hoofer sailors. Premiere in her history is her 1991 victory in section in the 1991 Chicago Mac Race, in which she also placed second among all vessels. And most interestingly, she finished 2nd in her section in the 1987 Chicago Mac Race, 4 spots ahead of the Club's very own Soma. She competed 9 years through the 1980s and 1990s in the "Chicago Boat of the Year" Championship Series, winning it 3 times.

The other photos in the gallery shot by Alhberg feature Toy Boat -- Hooking Up, Going Up, Going Down, and Unhooking -- as it takes to the waters of Lake Mendota for a long season of sailing.

There is a larger version of the photo in the gallery at right.

This is the latest entry of Madison Snaps: photos of Madison-area events and locations. The Isthmus group photo pool is the primary source for Madison Snaps, which are published here with the permission of individual contributors. If you are interested in having your photo eligible for Madison Snaps, please respond to the posting on the Flickr group page, or send a message. There is no compensation for Madison Snaps photos, which are © to the respective photographers.

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