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A Different Drummer


A Different Drummer


It took a full day to get all the sand and salt out of everything we own, but we’re finally somewhat clean after an insane week following The 2009 Tybee 500 from Islamorada, FL to Tybee Island, GA. The race is one of the true gems in the world of competitive sailing; while it is still boat racing, it is as different as you can imagine from the world of yacht clubs and buoy racers – and we like it. The Tybee has more in common with the Baja 500 or World Surf Tour than it does with Key West Race Week, and those that complete it – both sailors and shore crew – have truly earned the right to say they’ve accomplished something only a few dozen folks ever have. This was especially poignant on Saturday, when 22 of 23 boats were in by 5 PM – with one boat nowhere in sight. A little while later, the call came in from Tyler and Moose on Team Mooseburd – they’d lost their rig 38 miles from the finish. While everyone packed up boats, showered, drank and ate, the race committee sat at the beach and waited. And waited. And waited some more, until finally around 9, the boys came drifting in under the power of a spinnaker-pole jury rig. Top speed on the jury rig? 10.8 knots. Definitely a different kind of race…