I can't say for the speedy guys, however I do explore possibilies the course gives us. I mean, there is always this little voice inside calling to take "this short route". Everglades Challenge is gambling. There are solid choices and there are possibilities.
Hey, you never know....
Caution to the wind; my crew rarely took off their suits,including sleeping in them,this of course reduced
their circulation. They woke up very cold. R2akteamgoldenoldies ps, I don't know why they didn't just turn the heater on
It will last about 5 nights before falling apart. It is warm. It is a good thing to sleep in on a trampoline/deck while wearing a dry suit.
It had been tested during UF 1200 in 2016. I would highly recommend one(or two for duration of the race) and I wouldn't go on a trip in an open boat without one.
It even has its own bag to staff it in.
For whoever it was upthread looking for a pic of Ellie Mae...
It's mostly flat-bottomed, pram bow. Leeboard on stbd side. About 15' OA, house is about 7', bunk on each side, 1/8" plexiglass windows. Decks fore and aft...idk where you steer from. Some of it was a bit sketchy... Mizzen mast was a closet rod dowel, unstayed, looked rather marginal. Lug rigged main, boom was a 2x4. It would be fun for poking around mangroves ..
Well. Sometimes appearance can be deceiving.
Here is Send Flea, 8 ft pram Wizard used in 2007 to finish in 4 days and 3 hours.
I don't recall weather, however results shows that only 2/3 of fleet finished, so, I guess there was a day or two with SCA.