The Centennial New York Athletic Club – Yacht Club – Stratford Shoal Race kicked off this Saturday with a lot of pomp and circumstance, including a spray show from two fireboats. The distance race got off to a great start despite thick fog, but we take this opportunity to bring up the last time we saw a fireboat in action…on Tortola a few years ago. Allen took this photo while on staff at Yacht Shots BVI in 2006. A group of vacationers and their luggage were picked out of the water by a nearby sailboat after they had to abandon ship. The BVI salvage company did a nice job putting out the fire, and the shot made the cover of the BVI Beacon.