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ChiefSaturday, March 05, 2011, 4:36:00 AM
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The Eleventh Annual Everglades Challenge and Ultra Marathon will start at 07:00 this morning. After inspection day, I have to say I was blown away by this group of adventure boaters. They were all well prepared and ready to go.

Many thanks to Hazel and SandDollar. Without their amazing organizational skills we could not have got it all done in just a few hours. Outstanding!

Thanks go out to WannaBe who was taking pictures of all activities. These will be published if we can ever get past some computer and YouTube issues. Great job!

Good Luck To Everyone.

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Thread: This Is It
CrazyRussianThis is It
Saturday, March 05, 2011, 7:46:00 AM
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Thank you Chief, SandDollar, Hazel.
Good luck to everyone. 
I is hard to be away. It seems like I'm not going to be productive this week, glued to the screen.

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CrazyRussianWeather
Saturday, March 05, 2011, 7:51:00 AM
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It seems like they got some Challenging weather at the start. What a surprise.
Strong head winds for today. UM guys will have a tough day.
.SYNOPSIS...WINDS WILL BEGIN TO SUBSIDE AND SHIFT TO THE
 SOUTHEAST TODAY AS HIGH PRESSURE MOVES OFF TO THE NORTHEAST AND A
 FRONTAL SYSTEM APPROACHES FROM THE WEST. A COLD FRONT WILL MOVE
 THROUGH THE WATERS SUNDAY WITH HIGH PRESSURE BUILDING INTO THE
 REGION EARLY NEXT WEEK.
 

 
 
 GMZ853-856-051600-
 ENGLEWOOD TO TARPON SPRINGS OUT 20 NM-
 BONITA BEACH TO ENGLEWOOD OUT 20 NM-
 440 AM EST SAT MAR 5 2011
 
 SMALL CRAFT EXERCISE CAUTION THIS MORNING
 

 TODAY
 SOUTHEAST WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS EARLY IN THE MORNING THEN
 DIMINISHING TO AROUND 10 KNOTS AND BECOMING SOUTH IN THE
 AFTERNOON. SEAS 2 TO 4 FEET. BAY AND INLAND WATERS CHOPPY IN
 EXPOSED AREAS THEN BECOMING A LIGHT CHOP DURING THE AFTERNOON.

 TONIGHT
 SOUTH WINDS AROUND 10 KNOTS BECOMING SOUTHEAST
 OVERNIGHT. SEAS 2 FEET. BAY AND INLAND WATERS A LIGHT CHOP. A
 SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS AFTER MIDNIGHT.

 SUNDAY
 SOUTH WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS BECOMING SOUTHWEST IN THE
 LATE MORNING THEN BECOMING WEST DURING THE AFTERNOON. SEAS 2 TO
 3 FEET. BAY AND INLAND WATERS A MODERATE CHOP. A CHANCE OF
 SHOWERS AND A SLIGHT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS.

 SUNDAY NIGHT
 NORTHWEST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS BECOMING NORTH
 OVERNIGHT. SEAS 2 TO 3 FEET. BAY AND INLAND WATERS A MODERATE
 CHOP.

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CrazyRussianActual observation
Saturday, March 05, 2011, 8:03:00 AM
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Observation at Anna  Maria station is favorable for challengers so far.
 Wind Direction (WDIR):E ( 90 deg true )
5-day plot - Wind SpeedWind Speed (WSPD):14.0 kts
5-day plot - Wind GustWind Gust (GST):15.9 kts
5-day plot - Atmospheric PressureAtmospheric Pressure (PRES):30.14 in
5-day plot - Air TemperatureAir Temperature (ATMP):64.0 °F
5-day plot - Tide (above MLLW)Tide (above MLLW) (TIDE):0.90 ft
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CrazyRussianVenice
Saturday, March 05, 2011, 8:06:00 AM
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Venice station, half way to checkpoint 1 shows light favorable winds
http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/station_page.php?station=venf1
5-day plot - Wind DirectionWind Direction (WDIR):ENE ( 70 deg true )
5-day plot - Wind SpeedWind Speed (WSPD):6 kts
5-day plot - Wind GustWind Gust (GST):8 kts
5-day plot - Atmospheric PressureAtmospheric Pressure (PRES):30.12 in
5-day plot - Pressure TendencyPressure Tendency (PTDY):+0.00 in ( Steady )
5-day plot - Air TemperatureAir Temperature (ATMP):60.4 °F
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spidennisgood winds
Saturday, March 05, 2011, 8:50:00 AM
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Good Luck to Everyone!
and may you not need it ....
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CrazyRussianWind is shifting
Saturday, March 05, 2011, 10:42:00 AM
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Latest observations at Venice Station show that wind is picking up and shifting to ESE. All teams will battle headwinds and building seas. 
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CrazyRussianWeather on 03/05/11 PM
Saturday, March 05, 2011, 6:24:00 PM
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Latest synopsis
SYNOPSIS...A COLD FRONT WILL ENTER THE GULF WATERS LATE TONIGHT
 AND PUSH EASTWARD AS HIGH PRESSURE IN THE ATLANTIC EXITS THE AREA.
 SHOWERS AND STORMS ARE EXPECTED ACROSS THE WATERS FROM LATE
 TONIGHT THROUGH SUNDAY AFTERNOON. THE FRONT WILL CROSS THROUGH THE
 AREA BY SUNDAY EVENING AND HIGH PRESSURE WILL BUILD INTO THE REGION
 AND REMAIN IN CONTROL THROUGH LATE THIS WEEK WHEN ANOTHER COLD FRONT
 APPROACHES FROM THE NORTH.
 
 
What does it mean for out challengers?
Well, most of them will experience head winds, slightly building until
tomorrow night when it is all downwind for a day or two. Slow boats will 
challenging night and tomorrow, then they get a break for a day or two,
then they have a problem getting to Flamingo and crossing Florida Bay.
Overall it looks like very nice weather.

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GreyBeardSail, Sail, Sail...
Sunday, March 06, 2011, 12:09:00 AM
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CrazyRussian,

Keep up the good work. I wish we were both there.

I am looking at Sailflow.com. It looks like the first cold front will not provide north winds for very long and until the front arrives it is light and moderate headwinds with periods of no wind. The front may give the sailors less than a day of N winds and then several days of east winds. Crossing the bay will be tough for sailors that do not make it to Key Largo before the east shift. If the Everglades Challenge had a theme song, the chorus would have to be something like "sail, sail, sail... cross the bay before the north winds fail."

It might be a paddlers challenge this year. Of course, unfavorable winds do not seem to affect the high performance sailboats in the same way as the cruisers. Paddlers are not likely to catch them, but more paddlers could beat most of the sailboats this year than usual.

I need to give out a big cheer for my favorite UltraMarathoner. Go Ridgerunner! I hope we do the EC together again next year.

From the cold NW, to all challengers, enjoy the event and savor the hardest parts. They make the best stories anyway.

GreyBeard
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davedeasy ain't fun
Sunday, March 06, 2011, 5:55:00 AM
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just echoing Greybeard...if it was all plain sailing (and paddling) then it wouldn't be a CHALLENGE!

it's way more interesting if you lose your gps in 10,000 Islands and you have to wade through 3 feet of mud in florida bay pushing your boat.

but i still wouln't wish headwinds all the way, or temps in the 30s on anybody. done that once already! 

have fun everybody! and well done to Chief and his crew to get another epic adventure under way.

watching this one from my armchair,

daved

ps. maybe next year...

 

 

 

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CrazyRussianWeather
Sunday, March 06, 2011, 11:43:00 AM
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I just checked weather stations at Sanibel - Naple area. It seems like South wind is building up prior to cold front. St.Carlos station is showing wing gusting over 20 knots. (it is about halfway between checkpoint 1 and 2)

Sailflow shows plenty of favorable wind starting from tonight into tomorrow. For most challengers between 1 and 2-nd checkpoint headwinds will be replaced with tailwinds. I guess that the change will come with thunderstorms and showers. It should be nice weather tomorrow, sunny with favorable winds.

Both NOAA and Sailflow do not predict any extreme weather. So far everything looks good. A bit challenging today, but it should be much easier tomorrow.
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CrazyRussianday after tomorrow
Sunday, March 06, 2011, 11:51:00 AM
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GreyBeard, Isn't it difficult to sit home? I guess to get full understanding of what the challenge is all about one need to sit one out at home. :)
I agree with you that day after tomorrow can become quite challenging again, since wind will clock to east. Let's see what tomorrow bring. 
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GreyBeardWinds easing today
Sunday, March 06, 2011, 11:51:00 AM
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It sounds like sailors and paddlers alike have been slowed by moderate to heavy headwinds overnight and this morning. The smart paddlers got some rest last night while it blew from the S and SE and will be ready to make some miles during the lull that is forecast south of Charlotte Harbor today. This is their opportunity to catch a few sailors that might have slipped ahead of them. According to Sailflow, winds will strart filling in from the north later today.

Sailors should not waste a minute of the north winds once they start and try to get as far as they can before the winds turn east. East winds will be ok going down the coast as long as they have a little north left in them or at least no south. But after the turn at Cape Sable, well...

I wish the mapper was working. I hate not seeing "live" postion and speed reports.

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CrazyRussiannight sailing
Sunday, March 06, 2011, 4:48:00 PM
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As GreyBeard said already, sailors will have very narrow window of opportunity to cover some grounds. Favorable winds will start tonight and last through the night. Tomorrow will be somewhat flaky. and day after tomorow? - no good at all.  It is good idea to get a few hours of rest now and start moving as soon as northern winds arrive.
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