Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Death Race, Fort Lauderdale

**UPDATE - The death race has been postponed until next weekend, December 13-14.**

Original post-

Windsurf racing is fun because it involves individual, man-vs-wild type challenges in addition to the peer-to-peer competition you have in all sports. Sometimes just finishing a race is victory enough, even if you place last.

I think that will be the case in the 2008 Inlet to Inlet Race taking place next weekend in Fort Lauderdale.

It's a 23 mile round trip from Port Everglades Inlet to Hillsboro Inlet, as the seagull flies. As the windsurf tacks, it could be significantly farther, depending on the wind direction. Also, the sailing will be way the heck out in the ocean, in offshore winds, with the competitors perhaps not even within sight of one and other. We're all supposed to bring cell phones in waterproof cases in case we can't finish and have to be picked up from the beach somewhere in no-mans land, or worse, break down and can't even get to shore.


The forecast is for 5-10 knots NW on Saturday and 10-15 knots NW on Sunday, so the race will probably be held Sunday with Saturday as a practice. I'll ride my Kona ONE longboard with a 7.8 meter squared sail. I think most of the other competitors will be on formula boards, so if the wind holds up they will finish much sooner than me. The record course time, set by race organizer Ron Kern, is 1:12 - 21 mph average speed! This year it will probably take everyone a lot longer.


Outdrsmn said...

Good luck! You should have done the YRS to Buckroe sail that you were planning during the summer. Would have been good training for this race.

Johnny Douglass said...

Don't do it. And, when you do, wear your life vest and carry your flares. Be careful to keep your cell phone dry. Your aunt dropped hers in the toilet Sunday night and it immediately permanently stopped working.

Catapulting Aaron said...

That sounds very tiring. Maybe try to schedule a massage on Sunday evening to optimistically assume that you'll finish and not be lost at sea.

James Douglass said...

Outdrsmn- Yeah, I never got around to that. Maybe when I come back to visit.

Dad- I'll wear the vest and take my cell phone, of course. I don't know if I still have any live flares, but I'll check.

Aaron- A masseuse sounds good, as long as I don't have to pay ahead of time. Having made an investment I couldn't redeem would make death at sea all the worse.