Each year, my favorite skipper (aka Mr. Linton, aka TwoBeers) applies his specific set of skills to an adventure race called The Everglades Challenge.
It's a 300-mile race from St. Petersburg to Key Largo. No motors (but rowing is okay).
He and O.H.Rodgers designed and built a 22-foot sloop known as the Spawn of Frankenscot. He and Jahn Tihansky (aka Coach, aka Moresailesaid) have made the sprint four times.
Each boat is equipped with a satelite tracker as well as a cartload of safety gear.
He rewired the water-ballast pumps and beefed up the battery situation. He added hinges and latches to the ports leading to the forward "stateroom."
He rejiggered the storage bags. He shaved a few inches from the rudders and added tent-poles to make roomier camping accommodations.
Click on the map below for a link to the WaterTribe tracking map. BTW, that site is sometimes overloaded during the event.
Fingers crossed and knocking wood...