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PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2008 2:02 am 
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The Everglades Challenge/Ultimate Florida Challenge 2008 is happening right now. The short course is already garnering victors and DNFs, but the UFC will continue in full-swing for another couple of days. I'm surprised this doesn't get more play on fk.org, but I think several of you will be very interested in checking it out. Folding kayaks have been used for the race many times, and they fit in very well there.

At the moment, there are several places to follow the race. One is on Watertribe, of course, and the race reports are posted here. There's also a blog on Duckworks, following the boat crewed by Noel, the guy who does the Furled Sails podcasts.

Enjoy!

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2008 3:59 am 
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I'm surprised this doesn't get more play on fk.org,

Sadly, most folders don't fit in the Class 2 (racing kayaks and canoes), and those that fit Class 1 (expediton kayaks and canoes with optional downwind sail), are on the average wider and slower than hardshells. But they do participate. I wonder, how folders fare in Class 3 - sailing kayaks and canoes (normally with outriggers). This class isn't probably the most numerous in the Challenge, be it "hard" or "soft" hull...


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While it IS a "race", it seems to be more about the adventure and the comradeship. There are a few really competitive folks (look at the top 5 placers), but the rest are using it as an adventure. It has a reputation as being a great place for learning the skills needed for putting together an expedition.

Yes: most of us would be either Class 1 or 3.

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'64 Klepper Passat/Tradewind and T12 restoration projects.
Non-folding: '84 Hobie 16; early '90s Old Town Canoe.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2008 9:17 pm 
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Chris,

Thanks for reminding us about this. I think this is different than the circumnavigate Florida adventure that was written up in an issue of Sea Kayaker magazine last year, (I don't remember the issue) where someone in a Feathercraft K1 was a participant.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2008 12:17 pm 
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I have not read the Sea Kayaker article, but I would imagine that this is the same event-- I haven't heard of any other.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2008 4:14 pm 
Yeah, someone paddled a K1 last year and did alright as I remember.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2008 4:15 pm 
Oh, and it was in Sea Kayaker and I think it was Paul that pointed out it was a K1. Sounds like a groovy if not exhausting race!

I'm suprised that Chuck isn't more interested in this race. It seems it would be a good deal safer than sumo folding kayaking. :wink:

-Andreas


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2008 9:39 pm 
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Kapitän von Klepper wrote:

I'm suprised that Chuck isn't more interested in this race. It seems it would be a good deal safer than sumo folding kayaking. :wink:

-Andreas


On longer type paddles, I prefer to be alone and set my own pace and gunkhole a bit. Races are fun for me to do every now and then and likely I will not do as well in races as I have done since blowing out my shoulder last year.

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