Welcome to the steamboat race. The boats are at the starting line, ready to begin.
The favorite to win this year is the People's boat.
However, Grover Norquist has lobbied hard for his boat, the Daddy Warbucks Pollution Machine, which is already way ahead.
Look at the soot coming from the stacks. This boat jumped the gun, gaining the lead before the race begins. Grover is elated.
The judge fires the starting shot and the race begins.
Apart from the Daddy Warbucks, the boats are neck-and-neck.
The judges have called out the Daddy Warbucks. However, Grover Norquist and his ilk refuse to give in. Will they win? It would be a terrible miscarriage of justice, considering that they broke all the rules.
All steamboat races are great, and we are sure that once the outcome is decided, the 2011 online steamboat race will go down in history as one of the greatest.
Many thanks to Dave Thomson for the use of these images. Visit the Dave Thomson wing of the Steamboats.com Museum - click here.
Click here to see online races from past years.
BREAKING NEWS!! The judges have weighed in, deciding the race 20-21, with the People's Boat winning by one point! Could it be anymore exciting?