If your idea of fun is coastal racing in a small boat or even a kayak, then Watertribe might be the event for you. The 2010 Watertribe event kicks off on Saturday 6th March, there are three races, all of which are extreme challenge events, described as "the toughest expedition style small boat races in the world" and are not for the faint hearted.
The must read warning says it all - "WaterTribe events are dangerous and you must be an expert in your chosen craft before even considering these challenges. There are no safety boats, no safety net, and no excuses. Your safety and well being are up to you and only you."
The Everglades Challenge - Tampa Bay To Key Largo In Sea Kayaks, Canoes and Small Boats
The Ultimate Florida Challenge - Circumnavigating Florida In Sea Kayaks,Canoes and Small Boats
The Ultra Marathon - Tampa Bay To Boca Grande In Sea Kayaks, Canoes and Small Boats
Here's the 2009 event.
In previous years the start has been from the beach, where competitors have to haul their boat into the water unaided and then sail or paddle a grueling 300 odd kilometers along the Florida coast. Squalls, shallows and nigh time navigation at high speed are all part of the fun.
I think it might be a much better reason to visit Florida than going to Disneyland, and it makes some of our European RAIDs seem, well just a little tame.
It seems slightly odd that such events are possible in the "Land of Litigation", I'm sure our own health and safely folks would be having a fit! Personally I like the idea that "All WaterTribe events are dangerous events as defined by Florida law and common sense".
Good luck to all the competitors, you can watch their progress here
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