Sunday, February 03, 2008

A Feel for WaterTribe

Want to get a good feel for what it's like in a WaterTribe Everglades Challenge? There are 2 "documentaries" on the web about last years Challenge. Both are from class 4 (small sailboat) participants, however, a paddler would still enjoy and learn quite a bit. You can easily get a good feel for the enthusiasm, fun and challenge of the event from thier experiences.

One is an hour long FurledSails podcast. Both the interviewer and the interviewee had teamed up together during last years EC (Noel and Gary, aka Root and Lugnut). Gary has competed in 3 other ECs and occasionally speaks to the different challenges each offered.

The podcast is full of great stories, including rescuing one of the kayakers crossing Tampa Bay at the start. they speak to last years high winds, waves, and the always present mud, and give a great description of some of the course. The podcast is at Podcast #123 Lugnut 2.

There is also a 45 minute video made last year by Dan aka StayCat, doing the EC solo for the first time. It's amaturish, and the wind creates some sound problems, but it captures his challenges and emotions during the challenge. The video, can be found here.

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