Friday, February 29, 2008

Geared and rearing to go!

T-minus 10 hours and counting. From the looks of things SOS and DWSB are set for a great start tomorrow. Here's the latest feed I've gotten...

Dawn Patrol rigged and ready just above the high water mark on Mullet Key.

Right now the forecast favors the sailors with 5-10 knot winds swinging back and forth between NE and NW, and the seas are looking like 2-3 feet. These conditions will be ideal for SOS and DWSB as they are new to their craft (Dawn Patrol). I'm sure they will get to take great advantage of the red and white striped staysail.

If any of you don't know SOS and DWSB are competing in this years Everglades Challenge in a B&B Yacht Designs Core Sound 20. This craft has proven itself in previous years, and even has 3 entries this year (or variations there of). SOS, SB, and DWSB chose to turn the stock CS20 plans into a weekend cruiser by building a cockpit on the bow end. It's really a nice design and Dawn Patrol has a set of expert builders for her construction (SOS, DWSB, and SB). I'm sure she'll see plenty of time in Jordan lake and many weekends in the vast sounds of the North Carolina coast.

That's all for now, I'll be back on for live coverage of the start (7 AM EST) of the 2008 Everglades Challenge. No news from SandyBottom thus far, but it looks to be another great year for racing. To see how everyone in this year's Everglades Challenge be sure to checkout the WaterTribe website where actual location updates are posted. This year there is a nifty new Google Map feature that shows where your favorite challenger was last located, and the locations of anybody else around them.

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