Fog does not put any shock absorber on the Run Around Longboat wrench
While southwest Florida isn’t famous for coastal fog, it’s known to come from the Gulf of Mexico at this time of year. More often than not, it burns down in the afternoon, as with much of Thursday’s Munyan Lunch Run from Sarasota to Tampa Bay.
But for today’s fun race around Longboat Key, the fog was particularly stubborn. Sarasota Bay was clear when the race began at 11:30 am, but thick fog greeted the 40-boat fleet as they attempted to clear Big Pass and enter the Gulf of Mexico. The fleet reversed course, headed north, and exited for a photoshoot, but the window was short-lived.
When the sun came out, speedonthewater.com chief photographer Pete Boden and the Longboat Key Fun Run participants took advantage. Photos by Pete Boden copyright Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.
By early afternoon, fog had blanketed Sarasota Bay.
“It usually burns down in the early afternoon,” said Ryan Beckley, organizer of the Joey Gratton Memorial New Year’s Day Fun, who ran his 24-foot Skater catamaran. “By the time we returned, the whole bay was foggy. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen Sarasota Bay still congested at 4pm.
Enjoy more images of southwest Florida from yesterday in the slideshow above.
Some of the casual event attendees returned to the docks early. Others held on and had lunch at various restaurants by the water.
“In the end, everything went well,” said Chris LaMorte, who was in charge of his 36-foot skater. “And we spent some time in the Gulf in two to three feet, which I always enjoy.”
For Brian Hoar from Vermont, who is in town for the week with his wife, Sandy, and their Statement Marine 360 catamaran, the low visibility conditions were only part of the experience.
“We started out under a beautiful sun with a lot of amazing boats, and the craziest fog bank came the moment we got to Anna Marie Island,” said Hoar, one of the founders and organizers of the Lake Champlain Poker Run. “Many of us stopped for lunch on Longboat Key and had great food and service. Overall it was a nine out of 10 day’s sailing.
Editor’s Note: Look for a report on today’s Joey Gratton Memorial New Years Day fun run later today on speedonthewater.com.
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