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#249490 - 06/12/12 04:26 PM Great Texas 300 Updates  
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A good portion of the Surf City Media Team rolled into South Padre Island today around noon, and was instantly greeted with some good 'ol Texas hospitality...Some delicious food and a rum punch! The beach here is gorgeous! White sand, warm water, and a warm 15 knot breeze, which offsets the 95 degree temperature and high humidity. It's quite pleasant actually.

Many teams spent the day rigging their boats and double checking their safety kit. Each team had a scheduled stint with Safety Officer Trey Garrison, who makes sure that each team has the proper safety gear as specified in the rules. This evening, a Coastguard Representative will be speaking to the fleet in an effort to keep everyone safe. This first leg from South Padre Island to Mustang Beach stretches across 90 miles of open water, and there isn't much civilization in between. If anyone has to pull out, it's not the easiest place to get to.

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It looks like the wind will be from 12 to 18, with wind chop developing every day, and a very minimal ground swell for pretty much the entire duration of the race.

We'll be broadcasting tomorrow at 9:30 am to catch the start at 10 on The GT300 Justin.tv Channel . Hope to see you there!

Live on the beach right now!
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#249491 - 06/12/12 04:58 PM Re: Great Texas 300 Updates [Re: SurfCityRacing]  
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The real question is, is Sail Revolution going to be wearing that flippin' cowboy hat?



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#249496 - 06/12/12 06:11 PM Re: Great Texas 300 Updates [Re: Karl_Brogger]  
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I'm sure they are. They love that thing!

Oh, and BTW, be sure to Like this!

#249498 - 06/12/12 06:19 PM Re: Great Texas 300 Updates [Re: SurfCityRacing]  
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Wearing a 10 gallon hat and driving a Jetta on bio-fuel. Santa Cruz cowboy.


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#249501 - 06/12/12 10:25 PM Re: Great Texas 300 Updates [Re: F-18 5150]  
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See y'all at 9:30am Central.


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#249510 - 06/13/12 12:21 AM Re: Great Texas 300 Updates [Re: SurfCityRacing]  
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Safety Third

Thatís the Sail Rev motto, not the GT300 motto. Here in South Padre, Texas, one day before the start of the GT300, it was all about making sure that the racers stay as safe as possible. Thereís a whole litany of items that the GT requires that the sailors carry aboard in order to be able to participate in the race. The GT folks take safety seriously, and in addition to a presentation from the local Coast Guard, they have a dedicated person, Trey Garrison, who is in charge of the safety check list. Trey makes contact with each team, and meticulously catalogs each piece of safety gear. I had the opportunity to chat with Trey before the race, and find out exactly whatís involved with being the GT 300 Safety Officer.



Sail Rev:
What is some safety gear that the racers are required to carry?

TG:
The number one thing are life preservers for each crew member, because itís a big ocean out there. They have safety lines, personal strobe lights, signal mirrors, whistles, VHF radios, GPSís, and one of the most important thing is each sailor has personal EPIRB that they carry with them at all times.

SR:
How are teams doing so far this year with required gear?

TG:
Most teams have done very well with safety checks. So far I Ďve only had one team that had an issue, and until they can resolve that they are not allowed to race. Weíve got one team that were still waiting on to do safety checks. As soon as they get here, my job is done.

SR:
So the first leg here, we are leaving from South Padre Island and weíre going to Mustang Island State Park. What are some of the most dangerous parts of that stretch that the sailors should pay attention to?
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TG:

It's about 90 nautical miles as the crow flies. At the start we'll have ten boats, and the surf is a little on the rough side. As a matter of fact, we had one boat go out to practice to day and broke a rudder. They went over a wave and broke a rudder casting. Thatís probably the hardest thing at first, when youíre out on the water itís pretty basic sailing. You get some waves, some chop, some wind, the only bad part between here and Corpus, is once you leave here and you start north, thereís nothing in between here as far as civilization. Itís barrier island from here all the way to Mustang Island. So if you break down it can be very difficult for your crew to get to you to rescue you and itís a technical challenge, itís a logistics challenge, but you know thatís why the sailors here go over their equipment on their boat, traps, mast. Once you get out halfway you canít turn around very easily. Sometimes coming in on the surf at Mustang, it can be a challenge. A couple of years ago, there was a big thunderstorm, so some of them didnít get in until midnight. A couple of teens had to get rescued by the Coast Guard. Itís a long stretch.

SR:
In the next couple of days, what does the forecast look like?


TG:
From what Iíve seen, probably around 15 knots maybe a little higher the first couple of days. After that, it may slack off a little bit in the last couple days. I havenít really looked that far ahead.

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Trey and the CG
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Skipper's Meeting

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#249514 - 06/13/12 08:30 AM Re: Great Texas 300 Updates [Re: SurfCityRacing]  
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We're getting ready to go live!
http://www.justin.tv/greattexas300

Join us!

#249516 - 06/13/12 09:07 AM Re: Great Texas 300 Updates [Re: SurfCityRacing]  
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Unfortunately seems the stream failed about a minute after the start.

#249517 - 06/13/12 09:14 AM Re: Great Texas 300 Updates [Re: SurfCityRacing]  
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They are off!


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#249518 - 06/13/12 09:33 AM Re: Great Texas 300 Updates [Re: SurfCityRacing]  
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Everyone locally was streaming it in their phones, made connectivity tough.


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#249524 - 06/13/12 12:52 PM Re: Great Texas 300 Updates [Re: SurfCityRacing]  
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Watching the reply of the start, I get the pre-start nerve pangs like I did in person during the T500 days

#249527 - 06/13/12 02:36 PM Re: Great Texas 300 Updates [Re: SurfCityRacing]  
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At the finish now. Fairly steady wind at 16kts. Looks sporty out there. Beat I can tell with my phone compass its about 188


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#249528 - 06/13/12 02:49 PM Re: Great Texas 300 Updates [Re: SurfCityRacing]  
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Blue kite on the horizon.


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#249529 - 06/13/12 02:53 PM Re: Great Texas 300 Updates [Re: SurfCityRacing]  
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Not certain, but through the bino's looks like a white main. Tomko?

I was just told eight of the competitors have blue kites......


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#249530 - 06/13/12 03:15 PM Re: Great Texas 300 Updates [Re: SurfCityRacing]  
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Wow... how boring. Why do people get single color kites these days?

#249532 - 06/13/12 03:27 PM Re: Great Texas 300 Updates [Re: SurfCityRacing]  
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Tomko
Casey


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#249533 - 06/13/12 03:29 PM Re: Great Texas 300 Updates [Re: Karl_Brogger]  
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Those two are having their own race.


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#249534 - 06/13/12 04:10 PM Re: Great Texas 300 Updates [Re: SurfCityRacing]  
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What was the delta between Tomko and JC?

#249535 - 06/13/12 04:20 PM Re: Great Texas 300 Updates [Re: ThunderMuffin]  
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~90 seconds


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#249537 - 06/13/12 05:18 PM Re: Great Texas 300 Updates [Re: SurfCityRacing]  
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We are outta juice.


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