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Old 01-18-2008, 01:12 PM
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Talked with Chris Moore in the shop today. Looks like Sunday may very well be a great day to do a practice run of the race from Gandy to Skyway.

The way my body feels today, there is no way in hell I am gonna be able to pull off the Extreme downwinder this weekend. Just not enough time on the board in the last few months.

Hopefully, we can put all our differences aside and enjoy some wind.

Anyone interested? I have never done the run, so any advice would be helpful here.

Who's in???
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Old 01-18-2008, 01:38 PM
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I'm down to ride Steve-O!

Lets do it!
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Old 01-18-2008, 01:59 PM
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I would like to do it for sure and was hoping someone would bring it up.

If it is due N or NNE, what is that run like?
I did a roundwinder from Lassing to there and back on ENE, it was great.
I wonder what N or NNE would be like?
I will do it either way.

It almost looks like waiting a while in the day and hoping it switches more NE might work.
Still 2 days out, so forecasts are sorta iffy.
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Old 01-18-2008, 02:25 PM
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If it is due N or NNE, what is that run like?
pretty much straight downwind
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Old 01-18-2008, 02:47 PM
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Sunday is going to be a great day for a practice run. It will be a little chilly but the water is still pretty warm.
I've done this run when the wind is blowing N and NNE. In actuality is is usually more like NE because near shore the land tends to pull the air in so it is always more side-on than sideshore.
The best time to do it is when the tide is coming in and at about 1 foot. This keeps it deep enough to ride in the flats but also shallow enough that it is like glass. Looks like Sunday around 11am - noon should be perfect.
I'll probably be at Gandy around 10. Anyone want to leave a vehicle at the Skyway?
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Old 01-18-2008, 05:12 PM
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I'd like to make the run too.
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Old 01-18-2008, 05:36 PM
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Thumbs up Let's practice ( I need it )

I'll be there as well.
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I will too, we'll have a way back right?
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Old 01-18-2008, 06:23 PM
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I am heading down south for the ft. myers race tomorrow & will be back in town on sunday & I would love to join all of you, count me in!


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Old 01-18-2008, 08:23 PM
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Jay,

I think there will be quite a few involved in this practice run. Any concerns with gear failure? I know you have jet ski support planned for the real thing....but do you see a problem with doing this practice run without boat support?

Hate to bring it up, but doing downwinders in the gulf has so many outs if you run into problems.

Not having done the run before.....are you totally screwed if you have gear failure or something of that sort?

Just trying to look at all the angles.

Also, how many are looking to go as fast as possible, or simply enjoy the ride?
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