What a morning! We are just on the road heading to Jupiter now, at least part of TVS. Had 2 starts, the first one went well, some boats a little slower to get past the gnarly chop. The second start was squirley to say the least. Brett and Alan flipped just off the beach, and drifted back on their side to the beach. Trusty ground crew Mark Smith helped get them back upright and back out.
While all of that drama was unfolding, Ryan and Don did not want to be outdone, so they tried to dryroll it, but Don fell off the boat. He decided to test out his PFD and drift around for awhile. Ryan single handed it after that, came about and was too powered to stop to pick up his captain. So he went and was going to come around again for attempt #2. At that time, Brett and Alan were under way, and spotted Don bobbing like an apple, just chillin’ like a villain. While they were attempting their first man overboard drill, the Blue Wombat flipped with Ryan onboard. Alan and Brett managed to pluck Don out of the warm waters of Hollywood Beach. They zoomed ahead and Don lept from the boat like a marlin and swam over to his crew and boat. Brett and Alan resumed their course up the coast. Don and Ryan made an executive decision to leave the boat on it’s side and drift back in since they were relatively close. Ryan stood on the inside of the hull and rode the waves back to shore. Don didn’t get enough swimming in today, so he body surfed the waves to shore. He was a little exhausted when he made it back, but was in one piece! They got the boat all sorted and low and behold, a few battens up top had pierced through the mainsail. Second executive decision of the day, they decided to call it a day. They will take the penalty and start from Jupiter tomorrow.
We packed up the boat, rinsed the saltwater off the boys and are heading north.
Sam and Kirk broke a rudder eyelet about 2 miles up the beach, but were replenished by Pete and Mr. Spicer.
Also got word that Brett activated his EPIRB, but is now back on the boat. Allison had a nice chat with the Air Force about that whole situation.
More when we get to Jupiter. Check out the video from this morning, it should be on the Live Feed page.