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The Great Texas 300

The first report from the Great Texas 300

The Great Texas 300 started yesterday in South Padre Island, Texas and ends on Saturday in Galveston, Texas.  This is one of the few long distance endurance races left in the country.  It takes place entirely in the open sea and has a reputation for being the toughest.  In order to participate sailors must submit a resume to prove they are capable of completing the course.  Especially the first two legs which have limited access to the beach for the shore crews.  This means that the shore crews cannot get to the sailors if they have a problem, therefore the sailors need to be able to handle almost any problem themselves.    2014 was the 12th annual addition of this 300 mile race and has eight teams participating.   The teams consist of 2 sailors and at least one shore crew member.  The shore crew is responsible for moving trailers and other equipment from destination to destination.

Wednesday greeted the sailors with typical June conditions.  They had approximately 12 to 16 knots of breeze, moderate seas and surf, beautiful sunny skies and temperatures in the 90's.  With the winds out of the South the sailors had a perfect  100 mile downwind leg to Mustang Island .  On this leg and after sailing for over 7 hours for most everyone, they all  finished within 20 minutes of each other.  The lone exception was the leg winner Team Quicksilver, Mike Beuerlein and Philippe Bettler, who finished 34 minutes ahead of the second place boat of Shannon Galway and Jonathon Atwood on Yo Baby!  Rounding out the top 3 was race organizer Steve Piche and his Crew Juke Ball.

To make sure everyone knows how close this leg was, there was a collision in the surf near the finish line at Mustang Island.  Chris Green with Aaron McCulley, team TCDYC, were on port and collided with John Tomko and Ian Billings, 2wiresailing, who were on Starboard.  7 hours and over 100 miles of sailing and these two teams were so close that they collided just before the finish.  That is awesome racing.  Team TCDYC was penalized 30 minutes for the incident and 2wiresailing was given redress of 34 seconds.  The collision put a large hole in one of Tomko's hull's.  Fortunatley, he had another boat with him and swapped out the hull and made the start on Thursday for leg 2. 

Thursday was more perfect Texas weather.  The competitors started in about 15 knots with slightly higher seas and surf.  A new obstacle, sea weed, started at Mustang beach and will likely get worse as they make their way up the coast.  This means the sailors will need to periodically clear their daggerboards and rudders.  this will slow them down a little and may even play into their tactics.  You can see the results for legs 1 and 2 below.  Check in tomorrow for more updates and competitor bios.

 

I would like to thank Terri Reuwsaat for helping with this article.

Pictures are courtesy of the Great Texas 300 and George Trevino

 

Great Texas Catamaran Race 2014

 

 

Preliminary

LEG 1 - 6/11/2014 at 10:00 AM CST

TCDYC Penalty port starboard +00:30:00
2WIRESAILING Redress -00:00:34

Start: Start 1, Finishes: Elapsed time
Rank Boat HelmName CrewName SailNo Spinnaker Fleet Class Rating Elapsed Corrected
1 QUIKSILVER Mike Beuerlein Philippe Bettler 918 SILVER F18 AHPC C2 .624 6:38:45 10:39:01
2 YO BABY! Shannon Galway Jonathan Atwood 308 PINK F18 AHPC C2 .624 7:13:12 11:34:14
3 GREAT TEXAS 300 Steve Piche Juke Ball 283 BLUE F18 AHPC C2 .624 7:14:43 11:36:40
4 2WIRESAILING John Tomko Ian Billings 326 BLUE F18 AHPC C2 .624 7:14:53 11:36:56
5 SAILBOAT SHOP Mike Rohrer Chris Holt 2 TEAL / GREEN F18 AHPC C2 .624 7:20:25 11:45:48
6 BLACKBURN MARINE Nick Maudlin Casey Lambert 1277 BLUE F18 Tiger F18 .624 7:30:32 12:02:01
7 CHUMS Lee Wicklund David Cerdas 324 BLUE OPEN Nacra N20 .593 7:18:47 12:19:56
8 TCDYC Chris Green Aaron McCulley 24 BLUE F18 AHPC C2 .624 7:45:01 12:25:13

LEG 2 - 6/12/2014 at 10:00 AM CST

 

Start: Leg 2, Finishes: Elapsed time
Rank Boat HelmName CrewName SailNo Spinnaker Fleet Class Rating Elapsed Corrected
1 2WIRESAILING John Tomko Ian Billings 326 BLUE F18 AHPC C2 .624 5:23:53 8:39:03
2 SAILBOAT SHOP Mike Rohrer Chris Holt 2 TEAL / GREEN F18 AHPC C2 .624 5:32:02 8:52:06
3 YO BABY! Shannon Galway Jonathan Atwood 308 PINK F18 AHPC C2 .624 5:37:24 9:00:42
4 QUIKSILVER Mike Beuerlein Philippe Bettler 918 SILVER F18 AHPC C2 .624 5.38.47 9.02.55
5 CHUMS Lee Wicklund David Cerdas 324 BLUE OPEN Nacra N20 .593 5:55:34 9:59:36
6 BLACKBURN MARINE Nick Maudlin Casey Lambert 1277 BLUE F18 Tiger F18 .624 6:18:07 10:05:57
7 TCDYC Chris Green Aaron McCulley 24 BLUE F18 AHPC C2 .624 6:44:46 10:48:40
8 GREAT TEXAS 300 Steve Piche Juke Ball 283 BLUE F18 AHPC C2 .624 6:56:15 11:07:04

GT300 OVERALL

Start: Overall, Finishes: Elapsed time
Rank Boat HelmName CrewName SailNo Spinnaker Fleet Class Rating Elapsed Corrected
1 QUIKSILVER Mike Beuerlein Philippe Bettler 918 SILVER F18 AHPC C2 .624 12:17:32 19:41:57
2 2WIRESAILING John Tomko Ian Billings 326 BLUE F18 AHPC C2 .624 12:38:46 20:15:58
3 YO BABY! Shannon Galway Jonathan Atwood 308 PINK F18 AHPC C2 .624 12:50:36 20:34:56
4 SAILBOAT SHOP Mike Rohrer Chris Holt 2 TEAL / GREEN F18 AHPC C2 .624 12:52:27 20:37:54
5 BLACKBURN MARINE Nick Maudlin Casey Lambert 1277 BLUE F18 Tiger F18 .624 13:48:39 22:07:58
6 CHUMS Lee Wicklund David Cerdas 324 BLUE OPEN Nacra N20 .593 13:14:21 22:19:33
7 GREAT TEXAS 300 Steve Piche Juke Ball 283 BLUE F18 AHPC C2 .624 14:10:58 22:43:44
8 TCDYC Chris Green Aaron McCulley 24 BLUE F18 AHPC C2 .624 14:29:47 23:13:53

 

 


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