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  1. I don't think the Thistle is that far behind them, and the Thistle should be much faster upwind. Lawless in the West Wight Potter is doing 4 knots across the direct route...not sure what's going on with that. Motoring?2 kayaks are making good time across Fl Bay, look to be next 2 finishers. Quite a good year for kayaks. Lawless had me confused as well for a while until I figured out he/she launched from Largo and is NW-bound. Sightseeing?
  2. She's not a sailboat.
  3. I had the opportunity to chat with Jim Brown a couple weeks ago. Turns out that he's an acquaintance of an acquaintance. In back-woods Mathews County, VA all it takes is to ask around a bit. He was super gracious - called me immediately once he'd been given my number by the mutual acquaintance - and gave me directions to his place for a visit the next day. My kids (8 & 12) were invited along. I had to explain what kind of a legend he is but they're boat nuts so it wasn't a hard sell. Jim's office is a small and tidy affair, with a huge number of pictures from his cruising days. His grizzled old lab-mix Abbey wanders about. Jim is actually working on a small multihull design today, but I shouldn't say more than that. It's a bit far off the beaten path for him but shows his interest in forever doing the next thing. We chatted for a good while about all things boats. He signed a couple of his books I'd brought along. He even took us down to the dock to show off the only monohull he ever designed or built, a woodstrip kayak. He reports that he still gets out regularly, weather permitting, in the kayak and his Windrider tri he keeps tied to the dock. Abbey likes to follow from the shore or swim after him. He mentioned that he has considered adding amas to the kayak to carry a bit of sail. I asked how he ended up in Mathews Country, having done a reasonably thorough survey of the world. He said that he was looking for a place to settle along the east coast and sailed up the Chesapeake to see what might be found. As he tells it, a naval architect he knew lived (lives?) down the creek a bit from where he and his wife are to this day. Apparently they knew somebody who knew somebody who had a small piece of property on the water. It's pretty cool to meet your heroes. Doesn't often happen.
  4. Pushing off through the deep Choko mud. In the background you can see SwampMonkee & Chainsaw arriving on their Tornado.
  5. Close-up of the paddle & tiller extensions lashed together.
  6. Overview of the repair from aft.
  7. This is the after configuration, with the sweep paddle/rudder lashed into place. It appears fortunate that Randy left a bit of the old lifting post in place to provide a location to lash to. I took this and the following shots on the beach in Chokoloskee after he made repairs - roughly 0900 on 3/6/16.
  8. Here's Scissors' rudder assenbly this year in the before condition. Comparing with the above it looks like he only changed the blade. Hmmmm... on second thought he also reconfigured the hull in a few ways as well.
  9. I think you may be confusing the Everglades Challenge with the "Hell of an open" lede on the front page. They had 30, the EC had 116 boats.
  10. Reports on SewSew are accurate. I was at CP2 this morning and Randy did use his paddle and both tiller extensions to fashion a sweep rudder. Boat was not damaged other than the missing rudder. He said that it was lost in the open gulf last night. He sailed in by steering with main and jib. Apparently mangrove channels and tidal currents are challenging without a rudder. There were no indications that he hit anything very solid - said perhaps it was a crab pot. Tacking will now be hard due to interference from the main sheet attachment point and he can't hike given the repurposed tiller extensions so he will be taking it easy for the rest of the event. But, he sailed away at a good clip and seemed to have effective steerage. I have pics but they're on my SLR and I'm in Miami without access to a computer to download and post them. Will try to tomorrow.