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    Everglades Challenge 2022

    I always figured this rule implied a dry suit: On The Water Clothing (ranging from 50°F water and 32°F Gale Force Wind/Rain to warm water, sun and air temps in the 90's) Note: A wet suit does not satisfy this requirement. Newer technology like SharkSkin or Lavacore and others can be used as...
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    Everglades Challenge 2022

    Whaaa?   From a small boat racing perspective head winds = bad weather.  Cold might be uncomfortable, but we are talking south Florida here, it never really gets that cold.  To be cold enough to significantly impede a boats forward progress the Gulf of Mexico would need to freeze over, every...
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    Everglades Challenge 2022

    3820 likely.  Sailing a red inflatable catamaran.
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    Everglades Challenge 2022

    It looks to me like most of the kayaks have ducked inside at either Keewaydin or Marco. 
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    Everglades Challenge 2022

    Should be okay outside? Inside the wind seems to want to bounce off the shoreline and turns an East wind into a South wind.
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    Everglades Challenge 2022

    * I am shore contact for a Kayak/Falcon boat this year, plus my last EC was a kayak/Falcon.  Wind any forward of the beam is less than ideal for those set ups.
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    Everglades Challenge 2022

    Good for a proper sailboat, might be a little hard on the wind for some kayaks, canoes and some of the more traditional rigs if it comes around to the south much more. 
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    Everglades Challenge 2022

    I think we all look at what route others in our class are taking, not just the class winners, I look at every one.  I look at other classes too. From my perspective, the EC is my vacation, and I don't think the fastest routes are the routes with the most interesting scenery or wildlife.  You...
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    Everglades Challenge 2022

    Beat up old 1979 Prindle 16 :)
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    Everglades Challenge 2022

    My first crossing of Florida Bay was done in the dark.  I have never actually seen Florida Bay in the day light aside from being on land looking out from the Pelican Cottages.  Florida Bay is tough navigation, we had rain and lightning squalls through the night, so nothing in the way of...
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    Everglades Challenge 2022

    I am by no means an OG, but I have done the event a couple of times.  Some details: I had never been to South Florida before my first EC.  My first time south of Tampa on the Florida coast, was as I was sailing down the coast.  So no, there was no pre race scouting. In addition to recreational...
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    Everglades Challenge 2022

    That's why it's fun to try different classes.  Different scenery in a sailing kayak on the inside vs on a beach cat tearing down the outside. 
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    Everglades Challenge 2022

    Think that format would eliminate the night navigation. Successful night navigation can get you a long way, and I kind of like it.   Single handing a boat, while navigating unfamiliar water, with alligators?  Good times.
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    Everglades Challenge 2022

    I did some quick math about entries.  I may be off by a boat or two here or there, but this is the rough break down this year. I count roughly 91 boats entered. Class One (Expedition kayaks and Canoes): I count 24 entries including two Stand Up Padlle Boards. Class Two (Racing Canoes and...
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    Everglades Challenge 2022

    I don't think it was me.  I dropped out after about 150 miles in 2020.  I was going for that Alligator tooth in a kayak, but I ran out of beans with the head wind.  Re thinking my strategy, will try again.
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    Everglades Challenge 2022

    I wish.   But if there is a North wind blowing, I go, go, go.  Because I know sooner or later, I am going to be going uphill to the finish.
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    Everglades Challenge 2022

    The Wilderness Waterway route ( gator tooth) Isn't friendly to larger sailboats mono hull or multi hull.
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    Everglades Challenge 2022

    I don't think there really is an ultimate EC boat.  Different teams, different goals.  Fast multihull might be a good option for best over all time, but to get a gator tooth for example, you need a different kind of boat entirely.   Gator tooth is on my to do list, but so far I no luck.
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    Everglades Challenge 2022

    Shouldn't need much more than a tractor or small bulldozer to push that off the beach :)
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    Everglades Challenge 2022

    Might be tricky building a race legal 10 sqmtr.  Thinking gear storage.   Could probably throw a couple reef points on a 505, not sure why you would want to.   I'd take a Hobie 16 over a 505.
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