Roy Edward’s Sailbird trimaran, Big Red, on the beach. Roy’s rudder broke north of Venice in the Gulf, and they tried to rig one up but could barely control the boat, so they surfed into Venice Inlet on a scary ride with little control, but managed to make it down the ICW to Cape Haze, where more serious repairs were tried, but nothing worked there, so they pulled out. Photo by Steve Morrell.
The assembled WaterTribe cheered and applauded. Of the 107 starters, 24 did not finish. The very low percentage of DNFs this year is due to the mostly favorable winds. Engraved wooden paddles and shark teeth necklaces were awarded to each finisher at the ceremony on Saturday afternoon. First overall this year went to the Core Sound monohull of Alan Stewart, who also took first in Class 4. Phil Garland’s Core Sound monohull finished second overall and second in Class 4. Bill Fite was third in Class 4 with a new solo record. The first three Class 5 finishers were, in this order, Hal Link (also took third overall), Jesse Willert and Channing Boswell. In Class 3, the top three were Roger Mann, Charles Wolfe, and William Highsmith. In Class 2, the first three finishers were the team of Robert and Druce Findlay in first, followed by Greg Stamer, and James Collins. In Class 1, the first three to finish were Bob Waters, Joshua Morgan and Kris Lauri. Hobie Adventure Islands had their own class this year, and Paul Kral, Steve Issac, and Scott Prosuch were the first three
to reach Key Largo in their class. In Class Hobie I, Jim Czarnowski was the only finisher. In Hobie C class, the team of Aras Karaitis and Matt Sornson took fourth overall and first in the class. Guy deBoer took second, and the team of Eddie Mack and Joshua Murphy took third. The Challenge is a place to test yourself against the elements as much as it is a race between competitors. To most racing sailors this is a strange race. You are allowed to use paddles and oars. You can take any route you choose to the finish, and some of the boat designs push the limits of the imagination. But the Everglades Challenge is more than a race. It is a personal challenge and adventure. It’s a personal victory just to finish, and regardless of how long it takes you to get there, the WaterTribe will applaud and cheer when you arrive as if you’d come in first.
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SOUTHWINDS April 2013