This was the scene from the main grandstand at 11am on Saturday as the first North West 200 race of the day got underway.
Two laps and five crashes later, it was all over.
I'm afraid that's what happens when you get 44mm of rain in a single day, and rider safety must obviously come first. Thankfully none of those who came to grief was seriously hurt.
But even black rain clouds can be silver-lined. And so my dad and stepdad-in-law Mike headed first for some food and drink...
...followed by some more drink.
Yes, wet stuff can have its benefits.
And sure there's always next year.