The Naked Beach; Part Deux

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After requests to split some info out of the Tybee stuff, I started this one for Thursday through Saturday. Here's the report from last night's front page.

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Four Knot Shitbox

While Nacra 20s and F-18 catamarans are about the last thing you think of when you hear the dreaded 4KSB term, when the wind gets light enough, everyone's got a shitbox. That's what happened during today's 100-mile leg of the Tybee 500, and at 11 PM as I write this story, just 6 boats of 24 have landed on the beach. With 3-7 knots on the course, the racing was all about playing the clouds, with runaway winner Mischa Heemskerk doing the best job of it by far. Only his girlfriend Carrie Howe kept close, and despite Mischa's 40 minute delta at the finish, the two F-18s were locked tight until just a couple of hours from the beach. “We separated around one cloud and finally got some distance on them,” Mischa told me. “Then we saw smoke from a ship and it told us there was shift and pressure inshore, and that's what let us create such a big gap to the rest of the teams.”

The volunteers and shore crews will party on the beach until the last cat is home - at this point, it looks like that means 4 AM - and they have to do it all again tomorrow morning on the leg to Daytona.

We're finally getting some good videos up - we actually beat Mischa to the finish for the first time - not a huge accomplishment given the hour - but our new Flip camcorder is working well for interviews, while a brand new HD Sanyo is supposed to show up at the hotel in the morning. Technology to the rescue!

Be sure to check out Sailing Anarchy TV for dozens of clips from the race - one tip is to press “pause” on the player to let the videos load before watching them - and check out more awesome pictures from Mer, as well as Team Velocity's update for more information. Check out the OTW Anarchy thread for weather, smack talk, and all the links you need.

5/14/2009

 

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I don't like to grumble, and I tend to not bitch.

But there's "naked" in the title, though not in the recital,

Which has me thinking "bait and switch."

 

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From the official website, posted early, early this morning. Note that our own Tad and Bailey on TVS2 was the last in to the beach after 3 AM. He ain't feeling well!

"...so stick with us here for the downhill side of the mountain these sailors have been ascending… without oxygen. The Cocoa Beach checkpoint continues the tradition of using up a team’s dwindling reserve, testing mettle and straining relationships, and forcing the RC to break out the night-leg equipment. Only one team walked up the beach in daylight, and only one other was able to find their way off the beach without a flashlight as the last of the sunset bled away. We collected up the last of our flock shortly after 0300 Hours – though the spindrift kept us and all of our gear wet all night, we were treated to a pretty spectacular moonrise, so I think we came out ahead on the karmic front.

Does my typing sound tired? It is. We’ll have more for you up the beach later today – for the time being, know that our sailors are safe and appear to be ready to challenge the next leg of this marathon. Watch this space."

 

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Breeze just turned on out of nowhere. 15 kts at the hotel. Probably just isolated to a cell, but who know. Weather info to follow.

 

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From the National Weather Service...(for Cocoa Beach, FL)

Today: A slight chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 82. Southeast wind between 10 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 72. East southeast wind between 5 and 10 mph.

 

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Holy crap you cannot believe the size of the squall we just drove through - god help them if they hit this thing!

Videos loading now of a very frustrating start for the teams, especially Carrie and JC. Just enough surf to knock the boats back, and no breeze to get through it. Trey got the best start with Ryan (see interview yesterday) pushing like a freight train. Carrie just couldn't get through, getting bounced north as everyone else worked their way out.

 

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A little heads up for y'all. We're compressing and loading five good interviews from the start, and four great start videos, including JC and Carrie getting washed down the beach for ten minutes before finally getting through the breakers. Also a pic of this storm we're in now...

Will update you when videos are loaded, and then we are going offline for the rest of the day. If we do not catch up on other work we have to do, we will not be able to cover the rest of the event, so this is going to be our afternoon off - that will let us do the job we need to tomorrow and Saturday.

It would be great if y'all could continue the great job you are doing assembling other info and posting it here. Thanks from Mer and me...

 

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First of the videos are up, and I really like this little camera! New one just landed at the front desk as well...yippee!

 

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Here is a shot of the squall we just went through. No real electricity at all, but MAN what a shitload of rain. Only wind is right at the edges, and these things are just building and building as they head for the coast.

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Also, Mer will be posting her pics before we go offline - she's got some great stuff from this morning.

 

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Holy crap you cannot believe the size of the squall we just drove through - god help them if they hit this thing!
Videos loading now of a very frustrating start for the teams, especially Carrie and JC. Just enough surf to knock the boats back, and no breeze to get through it. Trey got the best start with Ryan (see interview yesterday) pushing like a freight train. Carrie just couldn't get through, getting bounced north as everyone else worked their way out.
You're not from around here are you?! Blinding rain and wind (sometimes up to 60 mph) is common.

 
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Dude, I live in Charleston - we get the same boomers that y'all do in the summer - but being on a beach cat in one is not something I'd look forward to!

 




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