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Old 09-23-2011, 05:50 PM
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At 935 we took off from the start line at the entrance to Morris Canal with US CG Station New York City leading us out. About 4 miles into the race, running down New York Harbor we encountered heavy fog with visibility of less than 50 feet.
Varazanno Narrows Bridge (which they never saw) leading out to the Atlantic Ocean. Sandy Hook would be to their Starboard side.

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This is what I call the "Right Stuff" the right guys, and the right call.
Like I said, safe boating is; to make decisions to boat another day.
Or in this case, brake the record another day.
All the best the next time around. Glad you guys are safe.
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Relying heavily on our Simrad NSS/NSE navigation system we cleared the fog at the entrance to the harbor and we were treated to glassy seas and a cloudless sky. With calm seas and nothing but blue water in front of us, we set the autopilot for our first waypoint off Bermuda and adjusted our Cummins MerCruiser Diesel TDI 350 engines give us a cruise of 40 MPH. For the next seven hours we ran along smoothly with our Simrad NSS GPS and AP28 autopilot leading the way, engines purring along and our suspension system soaking up the 2 3 foot seas.
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At the 300 mile point in the race we were a little over 2 hours ahead of the world record time. Unfortunately, a squall which was predicted to only be 3-4’ seas exploded into a full gale right along our track line and caused conditions to rapidly deteriorate. As you may have been able to interpret from our SPOT tracking map, we started to significantly slow down at 5pm as seas built from 2-3 to 3-5 to 4-6 then 6-8. By 5:30 we were running directly into very steep 12 – 14’ confused seas at a very tight interval with gale force winds, torrential rain and lightning directly on our bow.

In the pitch black of night and the pouring rain, we took turns at the helm as we made our way back home in silence.

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More images added....

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ok all i want to know is where are you getting fuel for $1.95 gal????? That is half of what it is here in Miami.
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You live to fight another day.

They'll get it the next time.

More balls than a Chinese ping pong tournament- awesome.



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Old 09-24-2011, 07:57 AM
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I think it's pretty amazing that a 37' open boat can handle that kind of water That's as true a test of a hull and design as I've seen.
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All images are now online : http://www.sharkey-images.com/

I will be working on Video soon once I get additional files from Statement.

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ok all i want to know is where are you getting fuel for $1.95 gal????? That is half of what it is here in Miami.


412 gallons.... Do the math...

They carried 540 at the start...


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