Newport Port Commissioners offer to have their manager give his counterpart in Toledo a real paddlin’…
In what could become a seriously enjoyable tradition of managerial pride and boatright expertise, Newport Port Commissioners have challenged their Toledo counterparts to a “Riverside Battle of the Managers” during the Toledo Wooden Boat Show coming up in mid-August.
Newport Port Commissioner David Jincks surprised a Monday night’s port commission meeting with a short, but bold request. He urged his fellow commissioners to “draft” Port Manager Kevin Greenwood to battle Toledo Port Manager Bud Shoemake in a containerboard boat paddling contest as part of Toledo’s Wooden Boat Show coming up August 16th and 17th.
Perhaps sensing that both ports have been making some rather heady economic development moves over the past few years, Jincks decided to “throw down the paddle” and “get it on” with the competition…uh…that is…through their respective chiefs of staff, of course.
Part of the challenge is for the managers to participate in the design and crafting of their own race boat. Georgia Pacific provides the materials, but it’s up to the “genius” of the racers to produce a vessel that’s paddles fast and stays afloat at the same time.
If Shoemake and his commissioners determine that meeting this challenge would achieve a broad commission policy of courageous but friendly one-upsmanship, the two managers would become part of the G-P Containerboard Boat Contest at Toledo Waterfront Park Saturday, August 16th. The starting whistle shrieks precisely at 1pm.
While neither manager may come in first among all the other Containerboard Captains, all that will matter to Greenwood and Shoemake is who wins THEIR race. Under the challenge rule, whichever manager comes in second will have to order pizzas and beverages and deliver them to the winner’s next commission meeting.
“Gentlemen!! Start your boatbuilding!!