The Naked Beach; Part Deux

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Alright y'all - the final video from this morning is only 0:18 away from being done, so feel free to run over to SA-TV and check it out. Note that this is the last day of crappy camera footage - well, of footage from crappy cameras. The same crappy videographer will still be behind the lens, but the new camera is THE SHIZNIT!

Stay tuned for Mer's pics as soon as we check into this hotel. Wind is nice right now on the edge of another cloud, but was super light until just a minute ago.

 

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2 PM update from the deck of our hotel, looking down on some pool babes and the finish lane. Nothing in sight on the horizon, but decent breeze here. Surf's up too, chest height and frequent period and building. Maybe tomorrow's start will be excellent.

 

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PHOTOS FROM THE START-LEG FOUR

more on the way

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The boats with the Spot trackers appear to be jibing up the beach, averaging in the high single digit speeds, and about even with the Haulover Canal in Mosquito Lagoon, putting them ~35-40 miles out.

 

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I expect they'll show up on these surf cams - if you watch carefully.

Some of these sites have local weather readings too - fwiw...

Listed South -> North:

New Smyrna Beach

http://www.surfline.com/surf-report/flagle...e-florida_5327/

http://www.surfline.com/surf-report/new-sm...h-florida_4420/

http://www.inletcharleys.com/surf-report/index.shtml

Ponce Inlet

http://www.progressivesports.com/web_cam.php (not sure how often this one updates)

Daytona Beach

http://www.sunglowpierlive.com/sunglowpiersouth.php

(Sunglow Pier North & South - not sure where South view is relative to T500 landing site...

Sunglow Pier = Crabby Joe's restaurant, if that helps someone tell us if it's anywhere close)

-= Rich

 

sailpix

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Note that the Surfline cameras (New Smyrna Beach) only let you see 30 seconds of video...

That's understandable since they sell decent access (including a HD stream)

for local surfers.

But, it sucks since we just want to "visit" to see our fleet go by. Oh well...

-= Rich

 
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Team CHUMS/Corpus had a very difficult time getting through the surf this morning. I think we probably went 1/4 mile down the beach with them before they were able to punch through. But they did it, with only a minimum amount of "god-dammits" from Corey. It was a bit hair-raising at times (I guess it was the 2-4 foot waves slamming into us). Sharon and I weren't the best of help for this part of our job (but she will win the prize for hottest Team Manager)as between the two of us we weigh 190 pounds and we were far outweighed by the boat. Luckily some big strong yummy men helped. I love this race.

Someone lost a daggerboard on their way out. We found it in the surf and managed to pass it along to Team C/C to hopefully get to it's rightful owner out there. We reckon they might need that.....

More updates later. Right now, the laundry has to get to the dryer and it's time for a beer.

 

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It is ASTONISHING how close these boats are, still a long way off. We can only make out what is going on through Mer's 200mm lens, then zoom way in on the screen, but they look like they are a boatlength apart. Wind is down to about 2 knots, surf is almost head high. Will be an interesting landing.

 

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Here they come! (at 2 knots)

Royal Green drifting toward the beach, Ferrar and Schreyer just behind, Trey and Alan just behind, with two specks on the horizon waaaaay out to sea - guess who?

Carrie and Mischa!

 

Africat

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So in the slowish winds of today, we have three Nacra 20s ahead of the two Hobie Tigers? Right? Maybe it's not all about skill after all? This is good stuff!

 

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GO KEY SAILING!!! yee ha!!!

catsailor.com sez the next two are Royal Yelo and Cat Fever

GO DA TAWD!!

 
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