So today we'll have a nice wind from the east and I am thinking of doing the "Shell Creek Challenge." That's where you go from my place on Shell Creek down to Ponce Park in Punta Gorda. The course starts just off the edge of the inset portion of chart 11426
. It's sort of related to the Everglades Challenge, but much easier.
For an AI, that is.
On a day like today, I doubt anyone in any other boat could beat an AI in the Shell Creek Challenge. The narrow, windless parts of the creek and the two low bridges would kill a boat like Sizzors and even with its speed out in the harbor, I doubt it could catch up. There is just not enough open water. The AI can sail in the parts of the creek where there is wind and power through the others with the Mirage Drive. Only the fastest paddling craft could keep up, but I think the AI could lose them once in the harbor in good wind.
No other Class 5 boat could do the Wilderness Waterway part of the EC very well at all, but it would not be a big problem for an AI. Thinking about it, none of the boats that have beaten an AI in the EC are boats that I would want to sail just for fun down in the creek, but I do that all the time with my AI.