Not unexpectedly, Twobeers has his hands full with plumbing and physics: the core elements of any last-minute boating design challenge.
One asks oneself: How many pounds of foot pressure is required to move a gallon of water up a pipe of diameter x?
What is the likelihood of the West Marine store producing a promised y-valve?
How long does it take to drive from Davis Islands to St. Petersburg and back during the tourist-enhanced afternoon rush?
These are not particularly difficult questions, but add the element of time tick-tock-tick-tocking to the starting line only four days hence...
Times like this, nobody knows how tempted I am to rush up to my favorite skipper and exclaim, "No man, the BLUE wire! The BLUE wire!"
Of course, he's the hero. A single drop of perspiration may slide down his face as he hesitates with the wire-snips, but he manfully clips the red one and saves the world regardless.
Here's a link to the Watertribe Challenger Tracking site (or just click on the picture!).
The event starts Saturday morning at dawn. Charlie "Gaajii" Clifton will be official shoreside support, chasing the team by land as they sprint down the state.
We keep our fingers crossed...