Halfway Point Wrapup, the Story So Far

Contributed by Damon_Linkous on May 13, 2010 - 02:45 PM

Daytona Beach, FL - May 13, 2010, story by Warren Green --- The 2010 Tybee 500 arrived in Cocoa Beach after three days of thrills and spills and men overboard.  Strong winds would seem to be just what the doctor ordered for Catamaran sailors, but some Tybee sailors would like a little more cooperation from Mother Nature.a

On the first day, the course changes from northeast to north, but the winds changed to stay on the nose.  Our Sailors received very little relief from hanging on the wire to keep their boats upright.  We had one collision underway resulting in a broken spinnaker pole.

Ground crews and race committee stayed on the beach long hours, while the boats took up to 12 hours of slogging upwind to Hollywood Beach.  The last boat arrived at 10:30 PM after at 10:00AM start.  Several boats experienced capsizing, but all crews arrived safely, thanks to "Blinkey", a yellow strobe designed by race founder, Chuck Bargeron.  Blinkey has pointed the way home for many sailors over the eight years of the Tybee 500. Crews carry special safety equipment and Spot tracking devices for recovery in case of mishaps.  Inspections are made at the beginning, and at each stop along the course, to be sure no one has misplaced or lost any gear.

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