The four captains strategically chose their teams in secret.
Team #1: Capt. Josh, Belle, Lexi AKA The Party Boat
Team #2: Capt. Meghan, Hannah, August AKA The Kid’s Boat
Team #3: Capt. Mary, Michelle, John AKA The Hair Boat
Team #4: Capt. Mitch, Sylvia, Bob AKA The AARP Boat
Conditions: 8-10 knots out of the southeast, mid 80s, clear blue sky.
The Course : Circle osprey island, around Point of Cedars, and back to the beach – all tacks, of course.
The start was hectic with The Party Boat taking the early lead thanks to Capt. Josh’s running start. The Kid’s Boat looked to be in trouble as Capt. Meghan’s rudders weren’t down when the gun went off. Soon, though, the seasoned defending champion, Capt. Mitch, took the lead with the AARP Boat. The AARP Boat held the lead for nearly half the race but The Kids Boat steadily gained on them. By the time they rounded the island, The Kids Boat had a healthy lead. And although Bob did his best with the canoe paddle and Sylvia offered to abandon ship, The AARP Boat couldn’t compete with Capt. Meghan’s combination of wise teammate selection and excellent sailing skills. Capt. Meghan and The Kid’s Boat easily crossed the finish line in first place becoming the new world-renowned Coastal Kayak Staff Regatta Champions!
In post-race interviews, 4th Place Capt. Mary claimed water in the hulls. 3rd Place Capt. Josh said his crew was dancing instead of helping. 2nd Place Capt. Mitch claimed The Kids Boat didn’t meet the minimum weight requirements. We hope to have all protests resolved prior to next year’s regatta.