"Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing -- absolutely nothing -- half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats."
Lately we have been especially busy posting and commenting on the antics of grifters, cowards and idiots in both the political and corporate worlds. I guess that's the nature of the game, but I think we deserve a break... or at least a little vicarious diversion.
I would, once again, like to invite the SST Committee of Correspondence to follow this year's running of the Everglades Challenge which begins this Saturday morning. I discovered this event several years ago and have put participating in it on my bucket list. The event is organized by a colorful group of adventurers who call themselves the Water Tribe. The Everglades Challenge is an unsupported, expedition style adventure race for kayaks, canoes, and small sailboats. It starts at Fort DeSoto in Saint Petersburg, Florida and ends at Key Largo. The distance is roughly 300 nautical miles depending on one's course selection. There is a time limit of eight days. Updates on the progress and tribulations of the participants will be posted on the Water Tribe website.
This year I will be following the adventures of Scott Widmier of Kennesaw, Georgia. His boat, dubbed the ECDuck, is a Puddle Duck Racer (or PDRacer) specifically built for this race. His Watertribe nickname of Plumcrazy is well deserved. The PDRacer is only slightly more technically sophisticated than a 4X8 sandbox with a sail. Puddle Duck sailors as a whole are an interesting breed as evidenced by the tale of the Puddle Duck fleet in the 2008 Texas 200. If Scott completes the gruellng Everglades Challenge in the ECDuck, he will be a legend among both the Watertribe and the PDRacer communities. No matter what the outcome, the story of this intrepid band of brothers and sisters is both interesting and uplifting.