Dawn Patrol and the kayaks seems to be flying south with wind over their port quarters. Dawn Patrol (blue) crossed Tampa Bay and went outside on to the Gulf of Mexico at Passage Key Inlet. They seem to be making great time, possibly flying mizzen, main, fisherman and spinnaker (but I won't really know until I hear from them). I cannot see their competitors as the Watertribe tracking viewer is down, which it tends to be on the first day of the challenge with too many people wanting to take a look.
Kiwibird (red) went down Anna Maria Sound, then outside through Longboat Pass. My guess is she'll have wonderful paddling, and sailing too with the kayak small sail, just off the beach of Longboat Key.
SandyBottom (green) is in Anna Maria Sound and may well go out through Longboat Pass too.
The wonderful weather will continue. Above is the forecast for tomorrow at 8:00 a.m.
Cape Haze Marina, reached from the gulf via Stump Point Pass, is the checkpoint #1. Dawn Patrol could be there early afternoon and I hope to get a few photographs and comments as they pass through.