Keeping it exciting
It got a little crazy yesterday with the northwest winds kicking up plenty of spray and chop. Numerous kayakers struggled getting across Tampa Bay, a couple had over turned and were able to self rescue.
A Proa (type of outrigger sailing canoe) struggled as it ran a ground and was taking on water - Coast Guard was notified and they preformed a rescue. Everyone on board was safe and sound. Race officials adjusted the rules on reporting due to the heavy breeze and rough conditions.
Wizard is on the move in his 8' pram. reports say he is in good spirits and the little boat "Sand Flea" is doing remarkably well in the rough conditions.
Manitucruiser is loving it in his Sea Wind Canoe. Reports state that he is in the lead in class 3, but that is unconfirmed reporting as not all class 3 boats have checked in with in the mandatory time.
Team RAF is in good spirits. They were still fabricating equipment up until the start of the race. Had to make some adjustments to the leeboard on the "Fall"
SandyBottom is doing great. Reporting that she loves the thrill of the Balogh sail rig on the DreamCatcher, but let us know that she got turned around at CP1 and paddled around awhile trying to find the right inlet to the CP.
KiwiBird had a full day of adventure as she found herself bailing out her kayak minutes after the race started as a wave washed into the cockpit. Reporting rough conditions across Tampa Bay,though able to fly the PAS sail all day. Unconfirmed, but I think she is still at CP1. She had arrived around 2130hrs and was making a hot meal.
- EC Forecast
Today: Cloudy with a few showers. High 71F. Winds N at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 30%.
Tonight: Cloudy intervals. Low 48F. Winds NNW at 10 to 20 mph.
Monday: Sunshine along with some cloudy intervals. High around 70F. Winds N at 15 to 25 mph.
Monday night: Clear skies. Low 47F. Winds NNE at 5 to 10 mph.
Tuesday: Sunny. Highs in the mid 70s and lows in the mid 50s.
Wednesday: Mix of sun and clouds. Highs in the upper 70s and lows in the upper 50s.
Thursday: Times of sun and clouds. Highs in the low 80s and lows in the low 60s.
Only two sailors, in my experience, never ran aground. One never leftport and the other was an atrocious liar.-Don Bamford