Day Four Start from Cocoa Beach Goes Smoothly, headed to Daytona Beach.

Contributed by Damon_Linkous on May 13, 2010 - 09:34 AM

The fourth leg of the 2010 Tybee 500 started from Cocoa Beach, FL without any major problems. Fourteen teams left the beach in two waves through light surf, the beach here is a gradual drop, so the pushers were able to aid the boats much farther out than previous starts where the deep water appeared sooner.

 Next stop Daytona Beach!

The one and only cape rounding of this race involves the difficult to see warning buoys off of Cape Canaveral. NASA prohibits anyone from passing within three nautical miles to the shore of Cape Canaveral, and several times in the past, a representative from the military has come to brief the competitors on the repercussions of violating that boundary. This year it is in the official Sailing Instructions that violating this protected area means disqualification from the race. Needless to say, sailors pay close attention to their GPS units on this leg, and don't get inside the warning buoys. There are also sandbars that cause breaking waves far off the Cape, they can be run into if the teams are not paying close attention. 

Good Luck to All Teams.


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