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Formula One and Indycar

Formula One racing has always been on tracks that include most of the features of ordinary motor roads, especially tight bends and moderate inclines, whereas Indy racing was for many years confined to special race tracks formed in an oval with banked curves at each end. Since 2005, however, Indy racing has increasingly included some events on road and street courses and these have come to predominate with only about one-third of races now taking place on oval tracks. In this respect, the two motor sports seem to have become more alike, but the contrast between Formula One and Indy racing on the oval track remains.

From a European perspective, sport in the USA in general seems to tend to the fast and spectacular, whereas Europeans, the British especially, take more interest in longer slower competitions with intermittent action. The contrast is perhaps most stark when comparing baseball with cricket. So it seems to be with motor racing, with the oval track in the USA allowing continuous near all-out speed, and the tight curves and chicanes of Formula One bringing the cars almost to rest, as, for example, at the Monaco Grand Prix event held annually around the narrow streets of the principality.

Indy racing on the oval track certainly presents a unique spectacle. The wide track allows several cars to race side-by-side and there is plenty of opportunity for overtaking. With the drivers maintaining almost flat-out speed, the race depends essentially on engine power. It all looks very dangerous, and this no doubt is the essence of its appeal. Crashes, when they occur, often involve multiple vehicles and are sometimes horrendous. Fortunately, with modern safety features, fatalities and serious injuries have been much reduced and this is an advance shared by Formula One.

Formula One is less visible to the spectator and the television viewer. Only at the start of the race can all the cars be seen together. For the rest of the race, the cars pass in and out of view in twos, threes and fours. Without a constant commentary it becomes impossible to know who is winning, as passing cars are soon found to be on different laps of the race. And whereas on the oval track the race leader is almost always in view, in Formula One the television cameras seem to ignore the leading car and concentrate instead on closely fought battles for fourth place or ninth place in the hope of recording a rare overtaking. Formula One presents a more difficult challenge to television, a challenge shared by Indy on-street races. For those who want shear spectacle on TV there is nothing to compare to the oval track.

Strength Is Your Foundation

The repetitions of training and the work a player does off of the court for strength are all factors that determine how well a player can move.

Always try to keep your feet as wide as your shoulders. This gives you a stable base. As you become more accomplished as a player, your base will become wider as you get stronger. If possible, keep your head between your knees when you move so that you stay balanced when moving laterally. When moving forward or backward, keep your body weight distributed evenly on your feet and not on your toes or heels. Keep your head slightly in front of your trunk. If you lead with your head, your body will follow. If you fall back with your head, your body will again follow and you will be caught out of position. Your feet should be pointing straight ahead. Avoid having your toes out like a duck or in like a pigeon.

To maintain a stable body position, keep your knees in line with your toes. Often beginners are not strong enough to hold this position. This is one of the reasons why we focus on strength being your foundation. Beginners tend to have their knees cave in and do not stay in line with their toes. Your knees should be slightly bent so that you can move easily in any direction. The size of the step you take when moving toward the ball depends on how far you have to move. It is always best to step first with the foot closest to the ball in the direction that you want to move. If not, you are most likely going to cross your feet, which gets you nowhere on your first step and costs valuable time.

When you think of the best athletes in the sport and how smoothly and gracefully they move, what do you think of? These players are so efficient in their movements that no wasted motion occurs. They seem to glide as they move. As you become more accomplished and experienced in volleyball, you will notice how much better that you will move as well. You learn that if your knees are not bent you cannot move. If your body weight is not balanced on both feet or you are leaning in one direction more than another, you do not have time to get to a ball that is moving the opposite way. This awareness comes with experience, by moving over and over again.

When moving to play a ball, try to face your target or the position or player to whom you are sending the ball. Track the ball coming toward you by focusing on the bottom half of the ball. You want to beat the ball to the place on the court that it is moving toward by working to keep the ball between you and your intended target.

Get The Big Bluegills

Bluegills are one kind of fish the big ones are the prized catch. And, if you are going to eat what you catch, cleaning the bigger fish is much easier than little ones. Let’s see if I can give you some tips to help you catch those big ones.

First of all, fishing for big bluegills is a bit like fishing for bass. Study the local water and find what feed is available – naturally. Use bait or lures that resemble the natural feed supply as closely as possible. Make your presentation of the lure or bait also as near as you can to what the bluegills would see everyday.

Don’t be fooled into thinking that because you can catch the little ones easily, that you can catch the big ones easily also. They did not get to be big by being stupid or biting on anything. They will be more shy than their little relatives and caution in presenting your bait or lure is a good trait to have. You will notice how wary they are when they move into shallow water to spawn – or – feed. If you can maintain some distance from their beds and reach them with your casts, you could have very good results. When the big ones are on their nests, the best presentation you can make is just your bait and a single hook. Let it fall gently onto the nest and wait! Since they are more wary at this time, they mat scatter first and then come back and strike the bait to remove it – or – to eat it – but it won’t be as quick as you might be used to when fishing for them the rest of the season. Remember, bluegills eat during spawning time. So, keep presenting that bait before them. You will get the big ones to bite. It just may take a little longer than usual.

During the rest of the season, cast for the bigger ones in the deeper water near a drop-off. If you can find a drop-off near a dock or pier, I think you will have good luck finding and catching some big ones. Sometimes, we think bluegills are a never ending source of fun fishing. But, they, like any species, can be over-fished and have their numbers diminished greatly. Be sure you are conscious of the amount you need to catch for your meal. After that, you can always catch and release if you want to keep on fishing. But, save some good ones for tomorrow – or – another fisherman.

Also, don’t pass up any dams you might have in the lake you are fishing. They often produce a small “back current” that will push bait towards the dam and/or any spillways that might be present. Since the current is almost always very slight, you can find bluegills gathered there to get the bait that comes their way. This is a good place to fish for some good sized bluegills. If there are shad in the lake, they often spawn around the dam and the big bluegills are sure it is an invitation to dinner. Try it and see for yourself.

Let’s Go Fishing

Captain George Mittler taught us about bait and trolling speeds. He commented that you want the bait to be constantly swimming with a natural presentation. Trolling speed is important when it comes to sea weather conditions. On a flat day you’ll troll about eight knots to keep that bait swimming or just skimming along on the surface. In a 2 – 3 foot sea you’ll possibly drop down to six knots. If you go any faster than that your bait is going to be flying. If it’s 4 – 6 foot seas, you’re going to be low and may be going only 3-4 knots. With that, Rebecca asked if that live bait is dead. Everybody erupted into laughter and she not only made our day but she helped soften the learning.

The week before class begins, Betty Baum (owner of LLGF) sends you a wealth of information for review. This includes: agenda, fishing terminology, knots, information regarding the Friday Party Master Chef Potluck Appetizer Contest, directions for the event and recommended lodging, silent auction, optional fishing for Sunday, and cancellation policy. Basically everything you’ll need to know before class starts.

The event kicked off on Thursday night with an appetizer contest and silent auction. Appetizers included: mini meatza pies, mock oyster dip, chicken, salsas, stuffed cucumber, and a watermelon boat with little gummy fishes; at the Stuart FL event. Buckets filled with fishing gear, fishing trips, clothing, rods, and jewelry were just a few items in the silent auction. It’s a great way to network with classmates.

Friday morning at 8:00am class begins with an introduction to fishing. Captain George clarifies a fishing pole is really called a fishing rod. Companies make fishing lures for fisherman. If they catch fish with them, that’s a bonus. The best place to buy your rod and bait is from a local tackle store. You get knowledge of what’s biting and the right type of bait to use. A great way to learn what works best with fish for bait is to open the guts of fish you catch and look into their stomach. For example, if you see squid or shrimp, then you know they’re going deep at night. Cobia loves crab and shrimp.

“You have to learn what to fish with as well as the how-to,” says Jodi Girourd. “There’s three different kinds of reels: bait caster, conventional and spinner. The waters are tantamount to the way you catch a fish because you need to know the waters and how to read them.”

A bait caster reel is a conventional type of reel for casting lures or bait in both salt and fresh water. On the conventional reel, the biggest mistake we make is to tighten the drag. To control the drag on a conventional reel use your thumb. For a spinner, use your hand. For example, if the fish wants to take off, release your thumb off the conventional reel or your hand off the bale on the spinner. According to Captain Melinda Buckley, the moment you drop your tip you’re dropping the tension on the line. That’s why you lose fish. Without tension the hook keeps rocking in the fish’s mouth and falls out. So keep your tip up and wind down.