Fat Point Jack
There was red tide in the Gulf last week in Englewood. I'll have a new report on Thursday.
Lack of wind sucks, but I’m glad we’re on a pedal-powered Hobie Tandem Island.Looks like a good guess though.
Looking beyond Saturday, this could be a year when human propulsion becomes important. That and shade. Those who come down either side of Pine Island should prepare for hot and glassy. Oh, and stinky due to red tide.
I don't recall red tide ever being a factor in the EC before. If it's bad it will force some out of the race.
It's stinky to me but would dramatically affect my brother's breathing at levels I could not even smell, so a lot will depend on whether your body reacts to it like mine or like his.the red tide is a concern. I’ve been advised to wear an N95 mask in areas so affected. Hopefully it doesn’t turn into a big issue.
I've never experienced red tide before, so I have no idea what to expect.It's stinky to me but would dramatically affect my brother's breathing at levels I could not even smell, so a lot will depend on whether your body reacts to it like mine or like his.
I always thought Adventure Islands are kind of cheater boats for this race. I know I could finish in my AI, it just doesn't sound like much fun. Doesn't sound all that hard though. That makes the challenge a whole lot less interesting. Adding a low and narrow bridge back in wouldn't change that.
SW wanted to try it in the Picnic Cat before he thought better and sold the boat to me. I'm not at all sure we could manage to finish in the Picnic Cat, especially if winds didn't cooperate. That's more interesting and I once told him I'd give it a shot mostly because the suggestion made me laugh.
Red tide irritates the mucous membranes of the eye, nose and lungs and will continue to irritate as long as one is exposed to the irritant.I've never experienced red tide before, so I have no idea what to expect.
It's always fun, just sometimes it's type 2 fun instead of type 1 fun.
I would not choose a picnic cat either, but SW (aka Plumbcrazy) seems to like odd boats for this event. He dropped by yesterday to show me his new truck and will be at CP1 with my wife.
Gonna be windy out of the SW , kicking up spray filled red tide water. For some it will be miserable. The RT is all the way to NaplesThe Gulf at Englewood Beach STINKS.
I was sanding and painting the porch rail about 1000 feet away from the Gulf. I was OK with a mask on but lasted about 5 minutes before sneezing without it. Wind was out of the S/SW at 12 with 1-2 ft chop. Would have been a great Hobie Day. That kicks up the little bugs into the air.
There was a color change about 1/2 mile out. I don't know if that is cleaner water.
He was modifying / rebuilding small trimaran for this year EC with plans to build small proa for next year. I don’t see him in the roster although.Was Ryan F (of proa around the horn fame) building a boat for this (or the R2AK)?
That was from last Friday and they're still saying it's going to blow 20 from the S here tomorrow. It's a lot more believable now.Looking at forecasts and it's supposed to be blowing 20 from the S here next Friday, so we can be pretty sure that won't happen but something like it will.
At least the wind and tide will be going in the same direction at the startSailflow monitor in Charlotte Harbor says there have been three gusts to 20 knots so far today, almost got a fourth one around 9am. They're forecasting gusts to 30. I'll boldly predict that there won't be gusts to 30.
Yeah, there was no way I'd be ready. Boat still isn't launched. Gives me a year to train though.He was modifying / rebuilding small trimaran for this year EC with plans to build small proa for next year. I don’t see him in the roster although.
Or maybe it will gust above 30 a bunch of times and fling some of the limbs that have been hanging high in the trees since hurricane Ian.I'll boldly predict that there won't be gusts to 30.
Yes!I’d never second guess the Chief, but a wise racer only needs to hold off from an on time start. Mid afternoon looks fine.