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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2012 10:03 am 
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Just as I posted that, he came back up on the grid!

He is heading toward the finish line now.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2012 10:51 am 
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ArdieO is back in front of Josh and widening the gap. Josh does not seem to be moving--not sure what the problem is. He has missed the cut he should be in and may be a shallow area. Hopefully, he will get that figured out shortly.

Toby and Crew (6-man Hawaiian canoe) have passed Josh & Cwolfe.

Wayne aka Mosquitomagnet, a strong paddler, is on course. He started slowly, but is now moving nicely. AhMaChamee, the last Hobie AI in this group, has left Flamingo but is in the channel passing through the mud flats east of Flamingo.

A new boat has come on the scene. It is sailed by Sandy Bottom and her son, SOS. It is a stitch and glue trimaran, built by SOS. After setting out the first day (did not start until day 2), they have raced down the coast and have caught up with the leaders. They are in the Ultimate Florida and do not have to stop at the Ckpts. They are south of Cape Sable and basically doing the southern route to the "Finish" in Key Largo (they will, however, push on to circumnigate FL.) Looks like a very fast boat.

Backwaterbob, on his disabled Hobie AI Tandem, is slowly pedaling down the South Joe River. He has had several kayakers pass him with more to come. Hopefully, they have given him encouragement to push on.

Dogslife is about to make the tack which will carry him to the finish a little over 3 miles away. He will finish in 3rd place overall--what an achievement for a Hobie AI!! ArdieO the super paddler looks to be on pace to come in 4th.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2012 11:00 am 
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Yes, it is exciting!

If you look, Josh and AhMaChamee are not giving regular SPOT updates, so their positions are delayed, so who knows if they are still back where it looks like.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2012 11:04 am 
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Update Josh aka Tidetraveller is now in the correct channel and will be moving into open water soon. Unfortunately, while he was mucking about in the shallow waters of FL Bay (which has brought down many Watertribers over the years), 3 boats have passed him. He has a real challenge now, so we will see how he does.

Correction Steve is right, the tracker is not updating too well and it is hard to tell exactly where people are. Josh is now in open water and it looks like Josh is clearly in the lead. In the more open water, I think it will be difficult for the other boats to reel Josh back in. Stay tuned. Hobies could be the 3rd and 4th place finishers in this race.

Mosquitomagnet, the strong paddler from Miami, has hit his stride and is moving rapidly. AhMaChamee is still dealing the mud flats east of Flamingo. To make matters worse for him it is close to low tide in the area. That may have also been part of Josh's problem (as well as being off track.)

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2012 11:23 am 
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TideTravellers SPOT just updated, he is in fact back in from of that group of 4!

Tide Traveller
ArdieO
Nite (this is the 6 man Kayak, right?)
CWolfe

Dog is just about to the finish now, he can surely see it!

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2012 11:40 am 
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I don't think Dogslife can see the finish because of the finger juting out into the bay, but maybe can smell it. He has less than 3 miles to go. I don't know what it is, but these guys seem to slow on that last NE tack. It could be that they are getting too close to Key Largo and the land is blocking the wind. That could be a problem for Josh, since ArdieO and Toby & Crew will not slow.

Yes, NiteNavigator (Toby & Crew) is the 6-person Hawaiian outrigger canoe. It is paddled by guys 55 (60?) and older.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2012 12:28 pm 
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Yeah, after watching the last few cats approach Key Largo, I think the rowers and paddlers will have an advantage right at the end if they can keep up thru the last half of open water.

TideTraveller just got into more open water it looks like, so let's see if he can open up some distance on ArdieO.

SandyBottom and SOS are still traveling at close to 10 knots and are closing fast on Lugnut.

Congrats to DogsLife for a job well done!!

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2012 12:29 pm 
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Update The updater has given a fairly accurate positon of the boats as of 20 min ago. Josh has had to tack to the SE. ArdieO has taken a much more direct track and may make up a mile on Josh. Toby & Crew are probably following ArdioO. Cwolfe will probably be forced to follow Josh. Stay tuned! Dogslife has finished--3rd place overall.

Yes, Sandy Bottom and her son, SOS, are flying. I'll post a picture of that boat in a few minutes.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2012 12:48 pm 
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The sailing trimaran that was designed and built by Sandybottom's (aka Dawn Stewart) son SOS (aka Alan Stewart):

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That is Dawn on the right edge. Alan is checking a front hatch at upper center.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2012 1:05 pm 
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I think Josh aka Tidetraveller has made a serious strategic error--easy for me to say looking at a satellite picture of the whole bay area.

Recognizing my 20-20 overview, literally, from above, Josh has tacked too far to the SE. He will be forced to come close to land (lose wind) in order to pass through the only available cut along the keys at that point. In the mean time, ArdieO and Toby & Crew are taking a much more direct track as expected and have an almost straight shot into the finish. Dogslife, earlier in the day, took the proper earlier northeast tack that Josh has missed.

Whatever the outcome, and Josh still has a chance, Josh has run a terrific race. We Hobie AI/TI owners can be very proud of him.

Keith

PS Backwaterbob and his disabled Hobie Tandem are at the mouth of a cut that will take him to an Everglades Chickee--it is only about 3/4 mi in. Go for it Bob, give yourself a break off that dam boat. Unfortunately, his boat position has not been updated for an hour. It is hard to say whether he is taking a break out of the wind or thinking of going in. When the tracker updates his position again, we will know.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2012 1:54 pm 
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What a finish this is going to be! 4th place is going to be determined by a nose. It is between Josh, ArdieO and Toby & Crew. I don't think ArdieO is going to let Toby & Crew beat him.

BTW, Backwaterbob did not go into the chickee--he may not have known it was there. He is 10 miles from Flamingo. Considering that he pedaling that barge, he has done quite well. There is no realistic stopping place now between Flamingo and Bob. The Watertribe tracker says he is doing 27 knots. I doubt that unless a stinkboater has picked him up.

Lots of things to interfere with any job, no matter how important.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2012 2:40 pm 
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This is incredible. ArdieO is closer to the finish, but the kid, Josh, seems to be on a good tack with good wind. This going to be close. Toby & Crew are doing 168 knots according to the tracker. Maybe Toby decided the only way to beat ArdieO and the kid was to hop a seaplane.

Backwaterbob apparently did pick up a ride with a stinkboater. He is approaching Tarpon Creek only about 5-6 miles from Flamingo. Good for him.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2012 3:19 pm 
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Gosh this is fun!

I am watching it all unfold intently. I may not be able to convince myself to ever try this, but I may have to take off next year to come down and man a check point or something. This is too much fun.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2012 3:33 pm 
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Tidetraveller's SPOT is no longer updating, so we have no idea from the tracker how close he is to finishing. I figure he is going to finish in 20 min or or so, that is, about 5:50 pm. Same with ArdieO.

Backwaterbob should be in Flamingo by now.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2012 3:45 pm 
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Tide Traveller has a 50 yard lead on ArdieO, but now has to cut East for the last 1 mile!

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