This video brings back all the memories. We were hit with major storms three out of the five days. Despite all of the storms, neither Mark Herendeen nor I wanted to go ashore no matter how crazy it got. We had a near pitch pole; I went overboard but was able to hang on to the main traveler and many other adventures. Despite boat issues caused by the storms, we were able to get the boat to the finish line and Mike Shappellll was able to get the boat back on the starting line the next morning.

2016 F300 tuesday 050

Sorry I was not able to post the last two legs until now. I was getting ready to do a post on Saturday morning about Friday's leg when I realized the waypoints in the Sailing Instruction were incorrect and had to figure out the correct ones. Then the tracking server had issues and was not tracking and locked me out. I spent till about 30 seconds before the start on my laptop trying to get it sorted to no avail which made the start a bit more hectic being thrown into the mix.

f300 Day3

Today was a better day than yesterday. We started with really light air with spin and lost a lot of ground to the main fleet. We had some issues with our spinnaker pole and could not run it "hot" but did not have enough time to sort it along with our other fixes from the previous day's survival run. Eventually it got faster and we were single trapped on a reach, to double trap reach, to single trap spin to double trap spin. With the better wind we were able to catch up to Cat in the Hat and Team Tiger and mangaged to pass both in the last five miles through some good tactical decisions, great wind, Mark Herendeen doing an awesome job pulling lines and Mike Shappell getting the boat back on the line after all the priority items we had on our "Must Do" list. We caught a bit of weather toward the end but made it in before the big stuff hit.

These are some shots from our helmet cameras. Too busy to do more.

f300 rescue

From Florida300.com

Massive thunderstorms hammered the fleet mid-leg, some continued through and some beached and then continued when conditions improved. Two teams, Tavernier Creek Marina and the Ducth team, Dutch Rockerz, suffered broken masts during capsizes.

f300 Leg2

Rough day on water. Light wind to start, battling storms the rest of the day with crazy winds. Almost pitch poled and rescued the tavernier boat after we finished. They had a broken mast and drifting past finish line with strong current pulling them back out to sea.

F300 SetUp

The Florida 300 is May 17-22 so tune in. We have live tracking and plan on broadcasting the starts live from the boat and possibly update during the race. We have a new set of Calvert sails that arrive on Saturday and the race starts on Tuesday!

IslamoradaRun

On April 29-30, we sailed from Singer Island to Islamorada, Florida. We had a few objectives in our 180 mile run. We needed to shake down the boat before the Florida 300, get myself in sailing shape and get the boat to the starting line for the Florida 300. The Miami-Key Largo was a boOn April 29-30, we sailed from Singer Island to Islamorada, Florida. We had a few objectives in our 180 mile run. We needed to shake down the boat before the Florida 300, get myself in sailing shape and get the boat to the starting line for the Florida 300. The Miami-Key Largo was a bonus! 29-30, we sailed from Singer Island to Islamorada, Florida. We had a few objectives in our 180 mile run. We needed to shake down the boat before the Florida 300, get myself in sailing shape and get the boat to the starting line for the Florida 300. The Miami-Key Largo was a bonus!

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We used the weekend of April 23-24 as rigging weekend. Dennis Green is loaning us his spinnaker set up for the Florida 300 so we had to figure out how we were going to rig his Nacra 6.0 spinnaker on the Supercat 20. Main difference between the two boats is that the Nacra is 8' 6" wide and my Supercat is 12' 6" wide.

map 2016

Team Cyberspeed officially entered in the Florida 300 catamaran race. The race goes from Islamorada, Florida to Daytona Beach, Florida on May 17-21. After stepping down from organizing sailboat races this year, I decided to race the Florida 300 which I helped organize and run the last two years.