Well, I just got back from the Awards Ceremony in Key Largo. All our boys were there (except for those doing the Ultimate Florida--race around FL). Dogslife was there, Tidetraveller was there, AhMaChamee was there, Toby the long distance adventurer was there, SewSew was there, as was Bill Fite--they were all there. And, they were all in great spirits.
When I saw AhMaChamee aka Brian Tindell, he was standing intently over his boat--taking notes. Yes, he was preparing for next year's 300 mi Everglades Challenge. Brian has a lot of stories to tell about his EC, and I hope he posts a few here. He is an excellent storyteller, and stories would be of interest to all of us.
One thing I got from him was his breakdown of the percentages. When I got home, I realized his percentages do not include the boat. No boat contribution to the challenge?? In fact, we discussed "the boat" at length. We both concluded that, if you cannot do the EC by paddling, than the AI was close to the perfect boat. That is pretty much verified by 3 AIs being in the top 10 boats to finish. Or, as ChrisJ points out, Hobie AI's finished 1, 2, and 4 of the single-person boats. Quite an achievement.
Nevertheless, Brian's percentage breakdown is interesting:
In Brian's opinion, you need 100% of these items to do the EC. Maybe he can gives us his idea of how much contribution the boat makes to the success of the EC.
The 5% luck is critical. SewSew's boat was knocked down 5 mi from the EC finish in Key Largo--and then was run over by a powerboat who came to help him causing irrepariable. Backwaterbob's tandem suffered a broken mast frame, which ended his race. Jarhead aka Bill Fite could not avoid a channel marker due to rough seas, strong winds, and strong current. The tear in his new sail put him out of the race. The 5% got these fellows.
I sail: S FL, Key Largo, Everglades, 10,000 Islands, Cape Romano, 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