The organizers of the event announced early on Friday that should a small craft advisory be in effect at the start, the fleet would be delayed on shore. The WaterTribe is made up of small -- nay, tiny -- craft, and there is a well-travelled shipping channel between the start and the first couple of miles.
It takes very little imagination to see where that might go badly.
I was awake most of Friday night, listening to the gentle snoring of Ninjee and Moresailesed and the freight-train roar of wind through the trees outside the camper.
On Saturday morning, the news came at the six-thirty competitor's meeting: small craft advisory still in effect. Consequently, a 24-hour delay on shore, and disqualification for anyone who ventured out before then.
As the morning wore on, the prospects changed shape. In the likely event of continued small craft advisoriess, further delays might be possible, unless the boats were starting south of Tampa Bay.
Many of the competitors popped their vessels onto trailers and skipped ahead to Check Point #1 for the restart. Team Spawn considered it briefly, then weighed their original goals –– to top last year's time and to finally (finally!) stick around for the awards ceremony and receive one of those dang (alleged) shark's teeth.
Over a hearty breakfast and by the glow of multiple internet devices, the team gauged weather against time. And headed for the barn.
Until the next adventure...
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