Damn Russell, you crushed that leg! Great work. A great example of efficiency besting horse power. Very proud of you guys.
Regarding the proa, I was in Labelle many months ago photographing the boat for the builder/designer who was trying to sell the boat for health reasons. He had only sailed the boat once briefly before succumbing to cancer. Sadly a couple months after I took those pictures he passed away. It would be great to see his boat fulfill his design goals, as he was a really interesting and cool guy. As the boat was setup however, it was far from ready for a long distance race. The standing rigging was undersized SK-75, probably AmSteel, and not really up the job in my opinion. And that was just the most obvious issue. It would take at least 300 miles of testing before I'd say it's ready for a race like R2AK. I hope the guys who have this proa now have done some serious miles on it so the results reflect its potential.
Best of luck to all the sailors/rowers/peddlers in this event. And all in for PT Watercraft!