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Commentary: Beware The Ides Of March


Quiet, too quiet—that’s the book on the slowest month next to December in the go-fast boating season. Photo courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.

As months for major organized events go in the high-performance powerboating world, March is a wasteland. And today being March 15—the true “ides of March” for those of you who care about such literary references—I started thinking about how and why the 16 days ahead of us will be as dead as the 15 days that have almost passed.

While you could make a strong case for December being quieter than March, there are two good reasons for that. First, the holidays. Hard as they are on the wallet, people just can’t get enough of them. Second, the weather. Even Arizona and Florida experience “bad” weather in December.

But March really doesn’t have those excuses. Sure, there’s Easter, but that can fall between March 25 and April 25 and it does not involve the kind of nonstop celebration that pretty much consumes December. (And I’m all for it.) As for weather, the predicted high today in Lake Havasu City, Ariz., is 84 degrees. The predicted high today in Miami is 85 degrees. No rain is in either forecast.

So why isn’t anything organized happening in those go-fast boating hotbeds?

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