The watertribe tracking map continues to be inaccessible, but both Dawn and Kristen have updates on their web pages. That is Kristen's position, above, from 12:30, just off the inlet to Sarasota. It is unusual, according to her blog, in that she is heading south outside of the barrier islands. Typically the path for kayakers is inside. I can only imagine that calm water and light winds make this possible.
And the same for Dawn, with a screen shot of her tracking map, which is available live on her blog, showing her out on the Gulf of Mexico.
There's Alan, Dawn and Alan's teammate Jake moments before the race.
A pleasant weather start of the event, which in my memory is not too common.