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RickI
07-23-2009, 07:13 PM
There was yet another scenic SUP race put on in the ongoing Hobie Standup Series organized by Surf & Sail. This time from the home waters of the Shake-A-Leg Foundation by Monty Trainers and Dinner Key in the Grove, south to and west along the Coconut Grove Canal. Here are some images from along the way ...

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The start next to historic Dinner Key, the former USCG airbase and more.


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The event was hosted by the Shake-A-Leg Foundation (http://www.shakealegmiami.org/), an excellent organization devoted to community service on the sea. This is from their website:

"Shake-A-Leg Miami helps children and adults with physical, developmental and economic challenges; liberating them from the realm of imagination into the realm of experience. We have successfully created an inspirational haven, where people of all backgrounds and abilities find common ground."


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Jim DeSilva conducts the captains meeting


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The course, an ambitious 7.2 mile run down Biscayne Bay, up the Coconut Grove Canal and back again.


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The race starts close to the former USCG seaplane base and just next to the former Pan American Miami Clipper Station. This is also the former location of Miami Hang Gliding, where I learned to fly gliders. All sorts or air activities were born here.


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Launching


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Shake-A-Leg provided three chase craft with operators. These were really nifty inflatable landing craft boats.


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Heading out to the starting line


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If you see any of these, don't forget to duck!


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The start!
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There were a few twists and turns after the start around the spoil islands/breakwaters


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The speed machine of the fleet


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A different scene after Hurricane Andrew, we will rebuild and move on


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Stretching out down the Bay


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There's Jim pulling along


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Rickenbacker Causeway bridge in the distance


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Rounding the point into the Coral Gables Canal


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From: http://miami.edu

To be continued ...