The Brotherhood of International Mark Boat Operators was formed to assure yacht racing enthusiasts the highest standards of course design and management. It is often assumed that the race officer sets these standards. However, for the enlightened, it is obvious that all quality racing is made possible by the professionalism of the Mark Boat Operator.
When the ancient Greeks plied the Aegean Sea, it was the BIMBO’s who set the courses. At the first America Cup, again it was the BIMBO’s. The examples are legion.
On the other hand who can forget the first attempt of race officers to set a course, the voyage of the Titanic.
To standardize and assure conformity to proper procedure, and course etiquette, the forerunner of the following Articles were formalized by the BIMBO’s of the 1996 Olympic games.
For those wishing to join the brotherhood, a Membership form is attached.
Brotherhood of International Mark Boat Operators
The Brotherhood of International Mark Boat Operators is dedicated to the premise that yacht racing is the true expression of man’s existence.
That the Brotherhood provides the stage for that expression.
That principal race officers are overrated.
That the Brotherhood of International Mark Boat Operators rule the waves.
1.1 PRO’s shall deposit his/her credit card at the host hotel bar for the duration of the event for the sole use of BIMBO.
1.2 PRO’s shall use the titles Ms, Mrs, Mr, Madam, Miss and Sir when addressing a BIMBO. Your Worship is also acceptable
1.3 PRO shall use the words, please and thank you as etiquette requires when addressing a BIMBO
1.4 PRO’s shall rise whenever a BIMBO enters a room or area
1.5 PRO’s shall show the highest respect when addressing a BIMBO
1.6 PRO’s shall salute the BIMBO ENSIGN each day.
1.7 PRO’s shall bow at BIMBO’s every time they approach the signal boat.
1.8 PRO’s shall open doors for BIMBO’s
1.9 BIMBO’s are not required to answer radio calls from the signal boat
1.10 BIMBO lunches shall be 4 star, catered, 5 course.
1.11 BIMBO’s may bring any guest(s) on board that they desire
1.12 BIMBO’s shall NOT be required to attend jury hearings
1.13 JURY members are permitted to buy drinks for BIMBO’s, but not speak.
2.1 No race shall start before noon.
2.2 No race shall be started in less than 9 knots or more than 12 knots
2.3 No race shall be held in more than 20 feet of water
2.4 No race shall be held in more than 1/4 knot of current
2.5 There shall be no change marks
2.6 The marks will be set one time per day, and removed one time per day
2.7 There shall be a daily two hour lunch break.
2.8 No race shall last past 3:30 pm
2.9 There shall be one lay day for every two racing days.
2.10 No race shall be conducted in less than 72 degrees nor more than 85 degrees
2.11 No race shall be conducted in rainy or cloudy conditions
2.12 No race shall be conducted in shifty wind conditions.
2.13 BIMBO’s shall not be required to report anything
2.14 BIMBO’s shall be in the bar by 4:00 pm
3.1 All mark boats shall be 23 ft long with twin 250 hp Yamahas
3.2 All mark boats shall have 100 gal fuel tanks
3.3 All mark boats shall have CD players and Disks
3.4 All mark boats shall be equipped with complete fishing tackle
3.5 All mark boats shall be fully equipped with refreshments
3.6 All mark boats shall have adequate canvas
3.7 All mark boats shall have personal cell phones
3.8 All mark boats shall have high speed automatic anchor capstans
3.9 All mark boats shall have 7X50 binoculars for cruising the beach, and checking the crew talent on spectator and competitors boats.
3.10 There shall be no chain
3.11 Marks shall be no larger than 3 ft in diameter
3.12 All line shall be soft ½ in diameter
3.13 There shall be no additional weights
3.14 There shall be no flags on mark boats, other than the BIMBO ENSIGN
4.1 PRO’s shall be responsible for fueling all support boats
4.2 PRO’s shall be responsible for warming all engines each day
4.3 PRO’s shall provide all refreshments, content to be determined by the BIMBO committee for adequate refreshments.
4.4 PRO’s shall load coolers, ice, etc.
4.5 PRO’s shall be responsible for the welfare and happiness of all BIMBO’s. This takes precedence over racing.
4.6 PRO’s shall deal with Organizing Authorities, Juries, and ugly people
4.7 BIMBO’s shall enjoy each day, all day
4.8 BIMBO’s shall see how fast mark boats can go
4.9 BIMBO’s shall receive credit for anything good that happens
4.10 BIMBO’s shall receive 5 each of all the goodies, hats, shirts, shorts, etc
5.1 BIMBOS’s shall fly first class.
5.2 BIMBO’s shall be housed in 5 star hotels, individual rooms.
5.3 BIMBO’s shall have unlimited room service
5.4 BIMBO’s shall be issued SUV rental cars, unlimited mile-age
5.5 BIMBO’s shall receive $300 per-diem, US funds
It is assumed that conditions are ideal for the conduct of yacht racing: By definition around 80 degrees, no humidity, cloudless sky and no chill factor.
(a) Flip flops, (no nerdy roman sandal types)
(b) Sperry docksiders, light brown, but must be well worn and preferably with some bottom paint, deck varnish or other appropriate stains.
(c) Barefoot, always acceptable, perhaps even preferred
(a) Shorts, many pockets, wrinkle dry, well worn, color optional
(b) Light duck pants, well worn, lighter colors
(c) Levis, well well worn, frayed cuffs
(d) Belt or sail tie
(e) Underwear not required
(f) T shirts, preferably old, but of quality material, sagging neck lines optional. Event
shirts acceptable, but must be from past events, not current.
(g) Polo shirts, same as above.
(h) Shirts are worn outside of shorts/pants, never tucked in, a few ragged edges, holes, stains and salt marks always acceptable.
(i) For evening attire, Light windbreaker, or old sweat shirt preferably well used
(a) Baseball style cap, floppy not rigid. Stay away from Mount Gay unless very very
very old, Caps should be well worn with frayed edges, sweat stain
(b) Aussie soft bush hat type acceptable
(c) Hair, optional
(d) Polaroid sunglasses
The entire ensemble should have a wet/dry look
Levels and criteria for BIMBO certification
7.1 Anchor Yanker 3rd Class (BIMBO entry level)
(a) Must have completed one season as anchor yanker trainee
(b) Must have recommendation of Level 3 or higher Boat Operator (BO)
(c) Must have saved a PRO on at least 1 occasion
7.2 Anchor Yanker 2nd Class
(a) Must have two years experience as Anchor Yanker 3rd Class
(b) Must be recommended by Level 2 or higher BO
(c) Must have hosted minimum of 3 beer parties with chicken wings
7.3 Anchor Yanker 1st Class
(a) Must have two years experience as Anchor Yanker 2nd Class
(b) Must be recommended by a level 1 BO
(c) Must have hosted minimum 3 beer parties, with chicken wings, salty munchies
(d) Must demonstrate ability to inflate/deflate marks in 3 minutes
(e) Must have record of no drifting marks “There is no excuse for a drifting mark” Popeye, 1932
(f) Must have saved a PRO/race on at least 2 occasions. ( I know its an easy requirement)
7.4 Boat Operator 3rd Class
(a) Must have one year as a driver trainee
(b) Must have three years experience as Anchor Yanker 1st Class
(c) Must be recommended by three level 1 BO’s
(d) Must have hosted a minimum of 3 BO level parties** in previous year
(e) Must have completed the drivers test
(f) Must have ability to un-wrap the rode from the prop in two minutes
(g) Must never have run out of fuel or beer
7.5 Boat Operator 2nd Class
(a) Must have two years experience as BO 3RD Class
(b) Must be recommended by three level 1 BO’s
(c) Must have hosted minimum of 3 BO level parties in previous year
(d) Must have saved a PRO/race on at least 2 occasions
(e) Must have ability to pick up and tow 15 competitors boats and share appreciation drinks with fellow BO’s
7.6 Boat Operator 1st Class
(a) Must have three years experience as BO 2ND Class
(b) Must be recommended by three level 1 BO’s
(c) Must have hosted minimum 3 BO level parties in previous year
(d) Must have saved a PRO/race on at least 3 occasions
(e) Must have ability to obtain attractive persons for debrief parties
(f) Must have minimum three documented complaints on file from PRO’s
(g) Must have been a BO at an Olympic Games, Americas Cup or One Design Continental/World Championship
(h) Must have won the Bow Sprit*** competition at least once.
Brotherhood of International Mark Boat Operators Membership Application
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Membership lifetime fee $1.25 CDN
Make checks payable to;
Paul Ulibarri, Membership Chairman
Anchor Yanker, 3rd Class
(all funds will be donated to the benevolent order of intoxicated BIMBO’s)
* Registered trademark and not to be confused with a sexually promiscuous woman
** See BIMBO Party Policy and Procedure Manual
*** Bow sprit, often referred to as the carved female form on the bow of a boat.
Initial contests were held at the H16 Worlds in Guadelupe and consisted of BIMBO’s sacrificing every evening trolling bars to find suitable mark boat bow spirits for the morning drive by contest. Certainly above and beyond the call of duty, but necessary for a proper event.