This morning, around 9 am, we got this message from Bill:
“Sat for 3 hours off Cape Sable. No wind.
Now headed east at 3 kts.
Had a nice sleep while waiting for tide to change and wind to fill in.
We’re getting there. But it’s a slog”
I just checked the tracking map, and they have cleared Check-Point 3#, and were the 4th boat in their class to do so. They are now sailing the last leg of the race in light air, and are southeast of Snake Bight (I’m not kidding) and northwest of the Whipray Basin. (Still not kidding)
They have traveled over 250 miles, and are looking like a good bet for a 4th place finish!
I was just trying to add some excitement. The truth is that I’ve lost communication, (no updates from Bill’s phone) but I suspect that is simply that the battery has run down, or that there is no signal there off the Everglades.
But here’s what we know! They were the 4th boat in their class (of 17 boats) to check in at Check-Point #2, and they are well on their way to Check-Point #3.
Currently, they are just west of Ponce de Leon Bay, at the mouth of the Shark River. The next Check-Point is at Flamingo, on the southern tip of mainland Florida. From there, it is just a little south of east for the final leg to Key Largo.
Two boats in their class have already finished the race, and a third is a bit ahead of them, but they are still well ahead of the 5th place boat, and all the others in their class. A 4th place finish would be a very good result for a first time entry!
It looks like the wind is very light, which explains their slow progress. Let’s hope it fills for them soon, and carries them safely away from the Shark(s).
No news from Bill Wright yet today, but it appears they have cleared Checkpoint #2, and are threading their way through the islands of Chokoloskee, in search of the Gulf of Mexico. I’ll let you know when I hear more.