Yes, Dogs must have pushed most of the night. Last year he pushed himself so hard the first couple days, he ended up in the hospital. I think he is in better shape this year, at least, he better be. He is doing great, and is now the leader of the Hobies.
TideTraveller (Josh) is resting on Camp Lulu Key about 9 mi from Chok.
AhMaChamee is moving about 6 mi further up the coast from TT.
BackwaterBob in a Tandem has made very good time during the night. It looks like he may be stopped on the south tip of Cape Romano, about 20 mi from Chok.
Pelican, who is doing the Ultimate Florida (circumnavigate FL) is moving just north of Marco Island, 10 mi behind BackwaterBob.
DRob & ClassyBoy in a Tandem are at the southern tip of Sanibel.
SeaSharkGo & SeaBasstard in a Tandem are much further up the coast and may have dropped out.
Update on the Hobie 18
Last night at Midnight, as I posted above, the Hobie 18 was on the move straight east across FL Bay--this is the shortest route from Flamingo (Ckpt 3) to the finish about 30 miles east. Well, they are a little more than half way across (about 17 mi out of Flamingo). It took them 8 hrs! The good news is that they are near more open water and can maneuver. The bad news? The winds are 30 mph on their nose! It is going to be a very, very tough slog.
With 20-20 hind sight, the Hobie 18 should have taken the southern route (50 mi). They would be finished by now. Instead, they are looking at another 4-8 hrs of hard, miserable sailing into a near gale.
The winds are going to be strong out of the east today through Thursday. I hope the Hobies recognize the problem of going straight east from Flamingo and do the southern route. The southern route with an east wind is basically a fast reach as they go south and then a reasonable tack as they head back up along the keys to the finish.
Another tactic, once they round Cape Sable and face strong headwinds, will be to sail all night when the winds are lighter.
I sail: S FL, Key Largo, Everglades to Cape Romano, Ft Desoto, Cedar Key
"Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex ... It takes a touch of genius and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction." A. Einstein
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