The next Florida Coastal Challenge is
Thursday, February 25, 2016. There is no official
equipment inspection since you must be a WaterTribe Veteran to Enter this challenge.
Cost is $1,495.00
for the captain and $995.00 for
a crew member if any.
Billing starts January 1 at noon.
Registration ends January 31 at noon.
Payment Deadline is January 31 at noon.
For first time Florida Coastal Challenge entrants you must complete at least one
Everglades Challenge or Ultimate Florida Challenge
in the years since and including the last Ultimate Florida Challenge before you
can enter this event. For example, to enter the FCC2016 event you must complete
at least one of the following: EC2014, EC2015, or any previous Ultimate
Florida Challenge. We may also accept R2AK finishers as long as the boat they used in the R2AK fits a WaterTribe class and they did the event as a single or double only.
Due to the exteme commitment for this challenge late registration and/or late payments
will not be allowed. We recommend that you commit to this race early so you have
plenty of time for planning, training, and preparation. Pay early in the payment
cycle. You can get a full refund up until January 31 at noon. No refunds after that
date and time.
This is the toughest small boat challenge you will find anywhere. If you want to
test yourself against everything Mother Nature has to throw at you and see what
you are really made of you have found the way.
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This challenge is intended to mesh with the Ultimate Florida Challenge. The first
two stages can be finished to coincide with the start of the UF2016 event on March
5. Therefore we consider these two stages as a Preamble to the UF2016. We also provide
at least three options for those who want a WaterTribe BOGO (Buy One Get One for
those not living near a Publix).
Starting with UF2016 we will include the Florida Panhandle to Cedar Key to Fort
Desoto in two of the three Ultimate Florida Options.
I am calling the section from the Panhandle to Cedar Key to Fort Desoto the Preamble
because Challengers selecting option 2 or 3 can do the preamble at any time between
December of the previous year to the days leading up to the start of the Everglades
Challenge. Of course, your start date and float plan must be coordinated with me
(Chief). All WaterTribe rules apply and you will be tracked.
In all three cases, the section of the race that starts at Fort Desoto must start
at the same time as the Everglades Challenge. This means that if you arrive at Fort
Desoto a day or two (or even weeks) ahead of the start of the EC, you must wait.
If you arrive after the start of the EC but within a two day window, you can just
hit the OK button at the Fort Desoto start beach and continue. Anyone arriving beyond
the two day limit will have to be cleared to continue.
This is kind of confusing, but WaterTribers can navigate while sleep deprived so
I'm sure you will get it. Let's look at a couple of examples.
Example 1: A Challenger has two weeks of Christmas break in December 2015
and decides to do the Florida Coastal Challenge as two events. He starts the preamble section on
December 26 and finishes the preamble at Fort Desoto on January 5. He then waits
until March 5 for the start of the EC2016 to continue and finally finishes at Fort
Clinch on or about March 26. Yes, he had a long break, but he circumnavigated the
coastline of Florida. The times for each section are added together for the overall
time for the FCC.
Example 2: Another Challenger decides to do the Florida Coastal Challenge as one event. She starts the preamble section on February 25 and finish the preamble
at Fort Desoto on March 3rd. She then waits a couple of days until March 5 for
the start of the EC2016 to continue and finally finishes at Fort Clinch on or about
March 26. Yes, she had a much shorter break, but it worked for her and she circumnavigated
the coastline of Florida. The times for each section are added together for the
overall time for the FCC.
Example 3: A stone cold crazy man (probably an ex-Marine) decides to do the insane Ultimate Florida Coastal Challenge in one big blast. He starts the preamble section on February 25 and
he finishes the preamble at Fort Desoto on March 5. He barely missed the start of the EC2016 but he is within the time window so he pushes the OK button at the Ultimate Finish Beach (near the boat ramp) and
continues merging with the EC and UF. He finishes at Cedar Key on March 31. He circumnavigated the coastline of Florida AND completed the river section to complete the loop. The times for each section are added together for the FCC time and the UF time. He gets credit for both events.
Of course doing the Original Ultimate Florida Challenge is still an option and is
probably the best choice for most.
If you are interested
in any of the three options, contact me by email with
your anticipated Preamble start date if you are doing option 2 or 3. Of course you
can change your preamble date. This first estimate is just to get things rolling.
Please Note: The official start date for the FCC2016 is preferred, but you can start
the Preamble section earlier if you must. Remember that you must do the second half
of this challenge synced with the UF2016.
Note that missing deadlines (grace periods), clearance to leave, and other rules
are covered in detail in other pages of this web site.
Important Note: SPOT with tracking feature is
required and correct usage guidelines must be followed.
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