Off Naples Coast in Everglades Challenge 2010
In 2010, we hadn't really trained for a long distance paddle race but we were strong in that indiscernible adventure racing sort of way.

I had that bacteria that turns toe nails yellow. But by race time, that bacteria had spread to my finger nails and then to the skin of my right hand. So, about half-way through the race my right hand was more or less a lobster claw, just about completely useless and not particularly fun to deal with.

This time we had entered in Class 1, as an expedition kayak with downwind sail. We even kept the rudder on the boat, ha, ha! Well that sail was doing us just fine. The first afternoon we were screaming down the Venice coast at 7 or 8 knots, when alas the thing broke. At CP 1, I converted it to a hand held sail which later in the race we used to good effect.

We paddled the Eddyline Whisper XL, 21' 6" by 30", and we paddled with Epic Mid Wings. Our course in 2010:

Elements by Lindsey Stirling, good music while you read this report and browse the photo album....
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The Everglades Challenge - Race Report 2010
Gear Preparation for boat loading...Start Beach the evening before the race...Start Beach the morning of the race...Off Sarasota in the Gulf... Off Naples coast....Off the Marco Island...Off Marco Island...Sunset off Marco Island...
The Gulf of Mexico at sunset...TheJice off of Cape Romano...Off Highland Point in the early morning, sharing the hand held sail...About to enter Shark River...The hand held sail in action...Taking a little break...In White Water Bay...A food break in the Everglades...On Florida Bay...One more food break...In the lee of a key, a short respite from the wind...Somewhere on the crossing of Florida Bay...The last miles on Florida Bay...The Finish at Key Largo
Classic photo of Druce TheJuice during the Everglades Challenge
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