Everglades Challenge 2022

Pertinacious Tom

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I know it's kind of early but just saw what I consider YUGE news.

SPAWN is going to do the Ultimate FL Challenge.

The 2018 version, for those unfamiliar with the boat/team.

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Pertinacious Tom

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A friend of mine, who has been to the beach for the start with me in the past, has gone from Speck Tater mode to participant. Or plans to anyway, in 2023. He bought a Tandem Island a month or so ago. It's in my driveway at the moment because he had to go to Miami so he dropped in to sail it in Charlotte Harbor. I was headed out fishing and would have gotten some nice drone pics of him sailing it, but my fishing boat broke and we aborted the trip.

His name's Bill and he looks like a middle aged computer dweeb. Looks are not deceiving. When I met him in 1981, he had a personal computer in his college dorm room. Profoundly weird at the time.

Don't misunderestimate him. As far as I've ever seen, he doesn't know how to quit. Also, an ex-foredeck guy, started sailing not long after he was done with diapers.

 

Pertinacious Tom

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You don't see all that many small sailboats equipped with a crash helmet in the cockpit. And then there are Watertribers...

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That's SCAMP #2, an extensively modified boat with a storied history in its young life. Lots of good info/stories in the Welsford Facebook group.

Everything about it, including the helmet, has been considered carefully.

Hee hee. After careful consideration, I should have a helmet!

Reminds me of a time many years ago when we encountered a SeaCraft 23 out in the middle of the Gulfstream. They were rated for 500 hp and this one had twin 200's, which was considered a lot at the time. We were fishing, it was hauling ass in the direction of Bimini. As it went by, I saw that the driver was wearing a helmet. Just like this one, pretty funny, but really not a bad idea.

 

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That looks like Howard Rice's SCAMP he took to Tierra Del Fuego?

Helmets have their place on small sailboats.  I wear one on my beach cat sometimes.  

 

Pertinacious Tom

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That looks like Howard Rice's SCAMP he took to Tierra Del Fuego?
Yes, that's the one.

Helmets have their place on small sailboats.  I wear one on my beach cat sometimes.  
I prefer to watch people who need helmets. I think if I had a helmet, I'd put it on a shelf with a note on it saying, Reminder: you're too old to do stuff that requires a helmet!

 

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As far as I've ever seen, he doesn't know how to quit.
 
Having done 6 Everglades Challenges and an UFC in a Krueger, I can attest that is the key to finishing.   An EC will drain your energy and then kick you squarely in the nuts.  Those that do well suck it up and keep going.

The UFC is 5 times harder as you can expect at least one cold front.   So pack some heaters and know to use them on key arteries.   Then of course there is the portage….  And the length, and for paddlers the grind of paddling- even if there is a sail, you end up paddling 6-8 hours a day.
 

Best of luck in the UFC. Feel free to message me if you want more info.

 

Cal20sailor

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Yes, that's the one.

I prefer to watch people who need helmets. I think if I had a helmet, I'd put it on a shelf with a note on it saying, Reminder: you're too old to do stuff that requires a helmet!
Please don't go iceboating without one...seriously.  And you're young enough to iceboat.

 

Rasputin22

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Having entered a SuperCat20 in the Worrell 1000, I highly endorse the SuperCat 19 for your 4th attempt. Tough boat but don't fall to the temptation to add too much extra complexity and sail area like we did with the 20.

 

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5 year plan. Must do ec.

Should I sail a 10sqmtr or a 505? Hahaha

 
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TBW

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5 year plan. Must do ec.

Should I sail a 10sqmtr or a 505? Hahaha
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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