Thanks again to our sponsors who have come through with piles of prizes and events for the race.
Sandy Point Progressive Sports / Aerotech / Exocet
Liquid Surf & Sail
Adventure Sports / Neil Pryde / JP
The i-to-i Race is on for Sunday 12/2/12. The first possible start IF you do not get another email is 11 a.m. Sunday, 12/2/12, skippers meeting at 9:30 a.m. Be prompt, seriously. I don't want to have to rush the skippers meeting or cut into rigging time. First race is targeted at 11 a.m., really. We want to launch minutes after the start of the 40th Commodore's Cup. However, this is not carved in stone and could be changed, (earlier), if it becomes apparent that a mid-day wind sag is not beneficial to getting the race off. If we are targeting an earlier start at 9:00 a.m. with a 7:30 a.m. skipper's meeting, or possibly before on Sunday due to predicted conditions, another email will be sent and the http://i-to-i.org
website will be updated. Don't forget your waterproof phone case & start watch!
Here's why Sunday is picked.
1). Better attendance
2). We can race along with the Cat 44 Hobie Fleet running on Sunday, 11 a.m. start.
3). The forecast is great for the next few days so it looks moot as to which day. I don't think we have a huge risk of not having wind for the race on Sunday. Forecasts vary but it looks like a minimum of 12 mph is in our future and mostly likely quite a bit more. NOAA marine forecast below:
EAST NORTHEAST WINDS 14 TO 19 KNOTS. SEAS 3 TO 5 FEET WITH OCCASIONAL SEAS UP TO 6 FEET. DOMINANT PERIOD 5 SECONDS. INTRACOASTAL WATERS CHOPPY IN EXPOSED AREAS. SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS.
SUNDAY THROUGH TUESDAY
EAST NORTHEAST WINDS 17 TO 22 KNOTS. SEAS 4 TO 6 FEET WITH OCCASIONAL SEAS UP TO 8 FEET. INTRACOASTAL WATERS CHOPPY IN EXPOSED AREAS. SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS.
4). I am willing to offer a pre-race clinic 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, 12/1/12. I need to hear from anybody interested so I know to show up. Topics are up to the audience, but can include: shorebreak launch/landing techniques; ocean sailing tips, techniques, tuning, setup; on the water session; etc. When/if you respond let me know what would benefit you.
5). We can take advantage of some great happenings that are going on Saturday.
Dave Kalama SUP clinic - Free! See invitation in link below:http://ronkern.com/2012%20Kalama%20Clinic.jpg
Wow! Awesome opportunity to learn from Dave Kalama! In case the directions aren't clear above, here's an address and coordinates that should be pretty close: 225 N. Beach Road, Dania Beach, FL 33004 or 26.05825°N 80.11201°W
6). Party, prizes and more at the Adventure Sports Fort Lauderdale Grand Opening 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. See invitation in link below: http://ronkern.com/2012%20Grand%20Opening.jpg
Did you read open bar, rock/blues band, food, prizes & giveaways, above? Yes, it's all going to be there and more and Neil Pryde himself will be there. I'm planning on bringing my blue coffee table book, Will to Win - The Remarkable Story of Neil Pryde Limited, from last year's i-to-i prize giving to the party and have it autographed. Dave Kalama will be attending as will a number of the Cabrinha team riders.
7). We can hold an after race party at my house on Sunday. Last year many said it was the best party ever.
Let me know if you want to attend the i-to-i clinic on Saturday, otherwise I'll see you later on Saturday for the Kalama clinic, the party and of course Sunday morning at the skippers meeting.
This could be the best i-to-i ever! Looking forward to seeing you all soon.