Dates: April 3-5, 2018
Race begins in Pensacola FL and will end up at famed Cabin Bluff, GA. Who will win!
It takes a robust flats skiff to navigate the 1600 hundred miles of water to circumnavigate Florida. Much of it is open water, like the seas from Pensacola to Tampa Bay. Skiffs tuck inside nearshore islands on protected waters for some miles but when they get to Marco Island, they'll have to head to open seas again to make Key West. Fuel stops are up to the crews, but there will be a mandatory stop at Gilbert's Marina in Key Largo. The final destination is Cabin Bluff Lodge near Cumberland Island. The 1600-mile challenge is expected to take two and a half days and put both crew and vessels to the most extreme test, worthy of Florida’s premium built flats skiffs.
Why are these men taking such extreme risks? To help save Florida’s bays and estuaries from the most extreme pollution and to raise funds for Captains for Clean Water. This water quality watchdog group of charter captains are dependent on clean bays and rivers for their livelihood and so are the contestants whose boats attack this challenge.
The challenge is bigger than ever, now that it encompasses Key West and the stakes are higher than ever too, for our waters have never been more critically challenged.