Highlights from the 2017 Florida Skiff Challenge
Welcome to the third-annual Florida Skiff Challenge. It’s a bold concept: run a small open skiff from Gulf Breeze, Florida down along the western coast of the Gulf of Mexico and across Florida Bay before heading north up the East Coast of Florida to The Lodge at Cabin Bluff in Woodbrine, Georgia. “This is a very unique event,” says organizer Heath Daughtry of Yellowfin Yachts. “It’s a gentleman’s race for bragging rights only. We’re not competing against each other but rather against the elements—the seas, the weather—to see who can even finish the entire course."
This year’s contest benefited the Coastal Conservation Association’s clean water efforts in Florida. “This is really a competition to see who can raise the most money for CCA,” says Daughtry. “Each team is soliciting sponsors and donations so we’re hoping to raise $10 per mile to go directly toward CCA’s habitat restoration programs. Florida’s waters and our gamefish are the real winners here.” The donations will be presented to CCA during the conservation organization’s annual fundraiser in Orlando.
Three teams competed in this year’s Challenge. Heath Daughtry and Chase Daniel from Yellowfin Yachts in Sarasota returned to the Challenge this year. Chris Peterson and J.C. Peterson from Hell’s Bay Boatworks in Titusville, Florida also were on the water along with Tom Biller from the Sarasota-based Panga Marine.
This year, spectators were able to track each team’s progress live as well as donate to the CCA right here on Saltwater Sportsman.
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2016 Florida Skiff Challenge Highlights
You only have to ride a bull for 8 seconds, the Florida Skiff Challenge is 1200 miles!!!