Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Day 19 -- Tough 36 nm from Anclote Key to the finish line

Wednesday morning March 23 at 7:00am,  SOS started the remaining 36 nm to reach the finish line.

Near Clearwater,  SOS reported that Sawhorse (Meade Gougeon)  sailed out to meet him for a brief sail together.

The warm winds are from the E or SE at 4mph and are forecast to increase to 8mph from the SE by noon. High tide would be at 1:00pm.

By 10:30 SOS was passing the Clearwater Beach inlet and had traveled 14.5 nm in 3.5 hours (4.14 kts).  At that speed, ETA at the finish line would be about 3:50pm.   However, at noon SOS reported that his first 18.7 nm had been up-wind in "not enough wind"  and that it was very choppy. Slamming through chop makes paddling difficult and hard work in the hot sun.

By 3:00 pm SOS was moving well with a velocity-made-good (VMG) near 4 kts.

SOS crossed the finish line at 6:24pm Wednesday, setting a new Class3 record: 18days 11hrs 24mins.

36 miles from Anclote Key anchorage to the finish line on Mullet Key boat ramp

Meanwhile,  LRock and CrazyRussian finished the challenge at 6:53 am.  Awesome!    Race manager, PaddleDancer,  was there to greet them and award their trophy paddles.

photos by PaddleDancer

Photos by PaddleDancer

CR:  "You never let me sleep!  En garde!"

LR:  "Wait! Seriously,  don't look but there is an SOS   right behind you!"

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