In the 2009 Tybee 500, Mischa Heemskerk is as hot as the temperatures here on the central Florida coast. Sailing a Hobie Tiger for Whike.com with long time crew Ed Zanen, the Dutchman has a full 2-hour lead on the next boat, which happens to be driven by girlfriend Carrie Howe. Despite being assessed a 40-minute penalty for entering the exclusion zone around NASA’s Kennedy Space Center today, Mischa has hell of a nice cushion for the final two legs of the Tybee 500. And despite losing two hours to broken rudders on Tuesday, Carrie battled back into second after finishing nearly two hours ahead of the next boat (but behind Mischa) on Wednesday. Truly anything can happen in this fleet.
For the second straight day, most of the fleet finished after dark, sailing Northward for hours at less than 3 knots. Tomorrow’s forecast is better, though there’s been nothing reliable about the forecasts up until now. The starts and finishes are fun to watch, as are the numerous interviews with the sailors, race officials, and the hot young things that follow the race around. Be sure to check out SA-TV for almost a hundred video clips of the race thus far, and click on the thread for more great photos from Mer and up-to-the-minute info from the course tomorrow. Here are the results to date.