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 Post subject: Great Texas 300
PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2012 3:36 pm 
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A good portion of the Surf City Media Team rolled into South Padre Island today around noon, and was instantly greeted with some good 'ol Texas hospitality...delicious food and a rum punch! The beach here is gorgeous! White sand, warm water, and a warm 15 knot breeze, which offsets the 95 degree temperature and high humidity. It's quite pleasant actually.

Many teams spent the day rigging their boats and double checking their safety kit. Each team had a scheduled stint with Safety Officer Trey Garrison, who makes sure that each team has the proper safety gear as specified in the rules. This evening, a Coastguard Representative will be speaking to the fleet in an effort to keep everyone safe. This first leg from South Padre Island to Mustang Beach stretches across 90 miles of open water, and there isn't much civilization in between. If anyone has to pull out, it's not the easiest place to get to.

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It looks like the wind will be from 12 to 18, with wind chop developing every day, and a very minimal ground swell for pretty much the entire duration of the race.

We'll be broadcasting tomorrow at 9:30 am to catch the start at 10 on The GT300 Justin.tv Channel . Hope to see you there!

Live on the beach right now!
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 Post subject: Re: Great Texas 300
PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2012 9:29 pm 
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See y'all at 9:30am Central.


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 Post subject: Re: Great Texas 300
PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2012 11:23 pm 
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Safety Third

That’s the Sail Rev motto, not the GT300 motto. Here in South Padre, Texas, one day before the start of the GT300, it was all about making sure that the racers stay as safe as possible. There’s a whole litany of items that the GT requires that the sailors carry aboard in order to be able to participate in the race. The GT folks take safety seriously, and in addition to a presentation from the local Coast Guard, they have a dedicated person, Trey Garrison, who is in charge of the safety check list. Trey makes contact with each team, and meticulously catalogs each piece of safety gear. I had the opportunity to chat with Trey before the race, and find out exactly what’s involved with being the GT 300 Safety Officer.



Sail Rev:
What is some safety gear that the racers are required to carry?

TG:
The number one thing are life preservers for each crew member, because it’s a big ocean out there. They have safety lines, personal strobe lights, signal mirrors, whistles, VHF radios, GPS’s, and one of the most important thing is each sailor has personal EPIRB that they carry with them at all times.

SR:
How are teams doing so far this year with required gear?

TG:
Most teams have done very well with safety checks. So far I ‘ve only had one team that had an issue, and until they can resolve that they are not allowed to race. We’ve got one team that were still waiting on to do safety checks. As soon as they get here, my job is done.

SR:
So the first leg here, we are leaving from South Padre Island and we’re going to Mustang Island State Park. What are some of the most dangerous parts of that stretch that the sailors should pay attention to?
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It's about 90 nautical miles as the crow flies. At the start we'll have ten boats, and the surf is a little on the rough side. As a matter of fact, we had one boat go out to practice to day and broke a rudder. They went over a wave and broke a rudder casting. That’s probably the hardest thing at first, when you’re out on the water it’s pretty basic sailing. You get some waves, some chop, some wind, the only bad part between here and Corpus, is once you leave here and you start north, there’s nothing in between here as far as civilization. It’s barrier island from here all the way to Mustang Island. So if you break down it can be very difficult for your crew to get to you to rescue you and it’s a technical challenge, it’s a logistics challenge, but you know that’s why the sailors here go over their equipment on their boat, traps, mast. Once you get out halfway you can’t turn around very easily. Sometimes coming in on the surf at Mustang, it can be a challenge. A couple of years ago, there was a big thunderstorm, so some of them didn’t get in until midnight. A couple of teens had to get rescued by the Coast Guard. It’s a long stretch.

SR:
In the next couple of days, what does the forecast look like?


TG:
From what I’ve seen, probably around 15 knots maybe a little higher the first couple of days. After that, it may slack off a little bit in the last couple days. I haven’t really looked that far ahead.

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 Post subject: Re: Great Texas 300
PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2012 9:30 am 
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Thanks for the coverage, Jeremy. I'll need to depend on your written comments since the video requires Flash and Apple won't let it work on my iPad.


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 Post subject: Re: Great Texas 300
PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2012 9:05 pm 
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Epic day of racing here in Texas! Tomko and Billings claim the first spot...but not without a fight from Casey and Tebow, who finished just 1:30 behind! An incredible finish after almost 100 miles open ocean racing!

John Tomko and Ian Billings
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Tomko and Billings didn't finish without damage, they broke a rudder on the way in to Mustang Island.

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Casey and Tebow smolder onto the beach!

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 Post subject: Re: Great Texas 300
PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2012 9:08 pm 
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There was some drama on the beach!
Team Chums came in hot, spun up and almost lost it. If it weren't for the quick thinking of their beach crew, they might have gone over.

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 Post subject: Re: Great Texas 300
PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2012 9:16 pm 
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...that's not all.

Steve Piche fell off of his boat just in the surf line, and his crew had to manage a powered up spin on his own with marginal success!

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 Post subject: Re: Great Texas 300
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 Post subject: Re: Great Texas 300
PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2012 11:24 pm 
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So I guess Mohawk is out?


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