Friday, March 07, 2008

Back to Civilization

Well I just got a call from DWSB saying that he had gotten a call from SB in Flamingo. It sounds like it's been a really rough time of it all, Sb said that it's the worst she's ever been physically in an EC (she is about to get her 5th sharks tooth necklace).

After leaving CP2 Wenesday morning at 9:30 SB and RiverJohn made their way to the Harney River campsite by 3:30AM the next morning. Shortly thereafter Trader & TroutHeart showed up to camp. SB & RJ got about 3 hours of sleep that night and then continued paddling on to CP3. They pulled up for the night at the South Joe River Chickee at 12:30 AM early Friday Morning. They got a well deserved full nights sleep there and made their last push for CP3 at 9:30 this morning (Friday). They made it in to CP3 at 11:50 AM.


Sb said that the winds and tides seemed to be against them all the time so the paddling was relentless. They plan to rest for the remainder of the day, wait out potentially dangerous weather, and then make it to Key Largo early tomorrow. SB and RJ were reunited with Boo, dabiscuit, and ManitouCruiser at CP3 and they are all going to finish together. The winds are supposed to favorable tomorrow, and RiverJohn doesn't have a sail rig. MC agreed to catamaran up and help RJ make the Florida Bay corssing with his Balogh sail rig. They all hope to be in Sunset Cove by mid afternoon at the latest.


SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT

THIS AFTERNOON
SOUTHEAST TO SOUTH WINDS NEAR 20 KNOTS.
BAY WATERS CHOPPY TO ROUGH. ISOLATED SHOWERS.

TONIGHT
SOUTH WINDS NEAR 20 KNOTS...SHIFTING WEST LATE.
BAY WATERS CHOPPY TO ROUGH. SCATTERED SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS.

SATURDAY
SOUTHWEST TO WEST WINDS NEAR 20 KNOTS EARLY...SHIFTING TO
NORTHWEST AND INCREASING TO 20 TO 25 KNOTS AND GUSTY. BAY WATERS ROUGH.
SCATTERED SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS IN THE MORNING...THEN SCATTERED
SHOWERS IN THE AFTERNOON.

SATURDAY NIGHT
NORTHWEST TO NORTH WINDS NEAR 20 KNOTS AND GUSTY.
BAY WATERS ROUGH.


The 2008 Everglades Challenge is wrapping up in good fashion.

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