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PostPosted: Mon Mar 11, 2013 1:15 am 
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Damm, Keith, your "retirement plan" sounds exhausting! I'm not sure I could handle it. :wink:


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 11, 2013 5:01 am 
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I'm way past retirement, NOHUHU. Even had a birthday yesterday--I think that was the 2nd one this year. They come fast as you get older.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 11, 2013 7:43 am 
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Happy Birthday Keith !!

Thanks to NOHU for the commentary and a BIG Congrats to all who entered the race.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 11, 2013 10:09 am 
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Yes, Happy Birthday Keith ... again :)

And a thank you to NoHUHU for the armchair running commentary following this years race. Made it much easier to follow. Comic relief to offset the grueling adventures.

And much respect to all the people who entered the challenge! I sometimes think, "I could do that" as I sail for 3-4 hours in our nice warm waters. Then the sun goes behind a cloud and I get a little chilled.

Snakes! And toothy critters! At least our toothy critters stay in the water, and mostly leave us alone! Except maybe NOHUHU's super-models... :lol:

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 11, 2013 12:20 pm 
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And did I mention there were 15,000 SHARKS in the area? And that beaches along the coast were closed?



Probably not. I didn't want to be overly dramatic.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 11, 2013 1:50 pm 
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NOHUHU, I'm sure you have underestimated the sharks by 100x, maybe 1000x or more. In the Everglades sharks are everywhere. I used to be a little nervous about putting my hands in the water to rinse them off after I caught a fish. I've sort of gotten over that fear--at least it is not as strong as it used to be.

When you see 6 ft and 8-9 ft (that is body length, not including tail) sharks come up and take a pass at your Cajun Thunder Rattling cork as you work it, your adrenalin gets going. They never grab the cork, because, as they get close, they see it is not something they want. Still, Everglades waters are very murky, and sharks make mistakes. They could grab your hand, not because they want a human hand, but because they mistake it for a distressed fish in those murky waters.

A few yrs ago the story circulated about one of our sea kayakers in S FL having a shark come up and grab his yellow-colored paddle blade. Ripped the paddle out of his hands. Of course, the shark left the paddle--w/ 2 teeth imbedded in it. Fortunately, his friend retrieved his paddle so he did not have to hand-paddle to it.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 12, 2013 4:11 am 
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NOHUHU, I read this whole thread last night, and my hat's off to you for the great reports. I was following the race on the watertribe forum, facebook, and a couple of other forums and decided not to even look here until it was over, lest I get sucked into one more. I certainly would have.

Here is my annual pre-start walk along the beach. It took 8 minutes just to walk down the starting line and point my camera at almost all of the boats!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_BziSJfKPI

And here is the start of the race.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CirZJTjMyoM

Keith, I think you make a brief appearance in one of those, but I did not recognize you and I was bundled up like an Eskimo so it's no surprise you did not notice me. ;)

I went to checkpoint one that afternoon and sailed in the channel outside the marina, getting pictures of Sew Sew, Lugan & Heathen, and JustAnotherSailor as they came in before I got too cold and tired and went home for hot chocolate and a fire. I returned the next morning and took a bunch of pictures of departures and later arrivals. I am going to put the pics on my blog site.

My favorite boat this time around was "Bob" which is a heavily modified O'day Javelin with an extremely strange rig and an ama. He did the UM and I caught his arrival on Sunday. Nice guy, won the weirdest boat award from me, and did not appreciate being compared to Phil Bolger. I meant it as a compliment! ;)


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 12, 2013 4:14 am 
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The weird vessel "Bob" approaching CP 1.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 12, 2013 4:50 am 
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Nice videos, Tom. And, Bob is certainly interesting.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 12, 2013 7:35 am 
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Chekika wrote:
And, Bob is certainly interesting.

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... and that is certainly an understatement !!

I'll bet the oddsmakers at the launch had him at 10:1 ... just for getting underway nevermind finishing. Mondo Props to "Bob"

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 12, 2013 10:27 am 
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The guy told me that he had sailed Bob up from Fort Myers for the race, and I assume he sailed it on back after completing the Ultra Marathon. So he did the UM route in both directions and then some. He probably could have done the entire Everglades Challenge, but the parts around the 10,000 islands and Florida Bay would have been difficult in that boat. It has a fixed keel. A shoal draft one, but a fixed keel.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 12, 2013 11:03 am 
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I have a picture of Bob.

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You look at that Bob and think maximum complexity in a small boat. Just the opposite of an AI.

Keith

PS I can hear his wife saying, "Why did you say you were doing this?"

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 12, 2013 1:30 pm 
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Chekika wrote:

You look at that Bob and think maximum complexity in a small boat.


Second thought ... he found it down at the curb outside Sanford and Sons

.. but its inspiring to hear he sailed it all those miles. Sometimes Low tech leaning towards no tech is the best tech of all

I help a friend wrench on his drag car ... we joke that he's so low tech its negative tech but he consistently beats they guys who've got 10's of thousands more into their rigs

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 12, 2013 1:40 pm 
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I'd like to hear about how the AIs and TIs did and what the users found to be their strengths and weaknesses regarding this type use of the boats.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 12, 2013 2:12 pm 
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Alan--I believe CaptShallowWater (aka Floyd Marsden) did the Ultra Marathon, which starts like everybody at Ft Desoto Beach, but ends at the first Checkpoint--about 60 miles. Our boy, Dogslife (aka Paul Kral) did that by 5:30 pm the first day (10 hrs 24 min.) That is not to minimize that achievement by that boat (Bob) and CaptShallowWater. I have no idea of how to sail that boat. In fact, it is unlikely that I could get that boat off the beach as CaptShallowWater did.

Keith

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