Cape May-to-Key West CannonBoat Run. 2021.
Eligible Boats : Boat LOA under 40 feet. Unlimited Horsepower. Unlimited Crew. Unlimited Route.
The Rules Underway : Boat at-rest 7 consecutive hours out of every 24 Hours. Every Crew member must Captain-at-Sea. Assist by Sea Two or Coast Guard okay. Boats that Sink.. are immediately Disqualified.
Winning Strategy : Through Clever and Thorough planning melded with Divine providence ……Keep Your Boat afloat in the Atlantic Ocean and out of the much slower… Inter-Coastal Waterway …! As Fast, As You Can.
Playing Field : Start … Cape May Ferry Station Buoy 37…( 38.9351 N / 74.9060 W ) …. ..….
Finish… Light at the Mouth of Garrisons Bight… ( 24.18.2124 N / 81. 47.9424 W ) ..
A Long Way, Laddies ....
The ….. ‘ 3 Spooodies ‘…. will cast off from Cape May, New Jersey ….. on the Early Morn’……February 27, February 28, ….March 1,2 or 3 …..which Day ?....depending completely on the Wim and Will of the North Atlantic Ocean.
In an ideal departure….You Ask….say in the Year 1825 AD…. Winds out of the Northeast under 10 Miles per Hour, Ocean waves under a meter with Winds at Mid-Day shifting to the South, South East, Clear Night Skies…. would spell God-Speed to Sea-goers in the Sail Era. An addition of 900 Horses strapped to the Back of Our Sail ‘boat’ allows some room for less ideal conditions, but not as much as You might imagine.
The Exact Date of the Cape May Departure in the Five Day Window will be the sole decision of One of Our Experienced Coast Guard trained Advisors. But…mostly the decision of God … ..just like it has been since Man turned toward the Sea.
( You will be notified 24 Hours in advance )
It is estimated…. with a 4:00 AM shove-off …some 2 hours and 35 minutes before Sunrise on March First-ish …..will provide plentiful Day-light for the grueling First Segment of the Cape May-to-Key West CannonBoat Run debacle.
Hard sailing nearly 300 Miles…. South-by-SouthWest ….should have the ‘ 3 Spooodies ‘ …on the horizon of …Morehead City, North Carolina ….by Skyfall.
On the this First Segment…… the ‘ 3 Spooodies ‘…. Inter-mediate Port of Call will be…… Rudee Heights Inlet, tightly tucked on the Virginia Coast. Fuel, poopers and Lubbers.
Second Port of Call…..after the navigation through the Outer Banks at the treacherous ….Oregon Inlet ….sliding through Pea and Brodie Island….is deep in Captain Kidd and Blackbeard Pirate Country. Thank the Lord ..It should be around High Noon. And not ..Half Moon.
Then….. slick-bottom transit along the eastern basis of the Pamlico Bay ….likely will assure a Good Night’s sleep, seven Hours of Rest …. for the Crew in …fishy but yuppy…( or is that ..guppy..? ) Morehead City, North Carolina.
The Second Segment ….up and at’em…pop out of Beaufort Inlet…. South… Stage Right… toward Wilmington, North Carolina keeps ‘Her’ Land-a-Ho on the Starboard… ‘ Steady-as-she-goes….’ ……toward Savannah, hopefully the ‘ 3 Spooodies ‘ is pleasured by the prevailing Nor’ Easterlies ( and not a Nor’Easter ) from the long-fetch of the Mid-Atlantic.
Land Fall…..although a moving-target in about a 50 mile range …with optimum conditions …likely from Charleston, South Carolina to near the Savannah, Georgia… provides a handy Crew Change opportunity, at the conclusion of Segment Two. We need at least One more Volunteer for the next Piece …. Segment Three. Aden..is that You I hear Calling. Or.. is that Yur’Daddy..!
Ah, Lo….Segment Three… the Middle Segment or portion …. as in any Seafaring Saga…. offers neither….. the Excitement of the Departure….. nor the Fascination or Glamour of the Upcoming Natural Attractions… ( Coast of Illuminated Florida, Government Inlet, the South Beach along with its blatant but luscious Nudity.. easy, just teasin”, guys… ) and of course, Key West… Our celebrated destination.
This middle piece could be referred to with nautically hackneyed phrase…..the ‘ Doldrums’. Daniel Faust could become an Able-Seaman navigating these waters, as could Others like ..Old Long Island City Salt, ‘ Dead-Eye Jack ‘ Huber. Fortunately…Doldrums Sailors will be shanghaied all the way…. to Key West.
The Rest is as a Sailor would say ……. Paradise…. !
Sailors…Heed my Call… ‘specilly You Young’uns. … she’s an Adventure Of a Lifetime. Only A fool Misses This One….The Big One. Don’t Let Her Get Away…..!
The …‘ 3 Spooodies ‘ is a 365 Pursuit DC with an LOA of 37’ 11’, 12 foot Beam….. a tonnage of nearly 20,000 lbs., fully-engaged. The ‘ 3 Spooodies “ offer complete dry heated protection from the elements at at all times for up to 8 Crew Members, comfortable Sleeping facilities for 5 Aged, Weary or physically pampered. Less comfortable for the completely pampered. The leisurely comfort aids include a Shitter, a Shower, a Coffee-maker plus a fully stocked Galley that will nourish the Crew, as the Shifts change-at-Sea. The Promise of ‘ One Hot meal a Day ‘ stands !
The ‘ 3 Spooodies ‘ has a full array of electronics including the complete suite of Electronics available to any Serious Seafarer with additions such as a FLIR camera, SeaVision3 and Identification Radio. The ‘ 3 Spooodies ‘ basically is protected with Three electronic watch-dogs : One from the Sky, One from the Sea Floor….and Most important…..One on the Water.
Free Apps You need : Windfinder. Mazu. FindShip. Noaa Buoy. Navionics. Marine Weather. Any off the Location Trackers. A Compass. Any of the Tide Clocks.
The Weather : Please monitor the marine Conditions for a week in advance of the Cape May-to-Key West CannonBoat Run…as it is important to have a full understanding of the departure date. Especially Monitor Your selected Segment.
Things to Bring : Shorts, it is very Warm in Key West. Guys in long pants in Key West look like ..’ guys in long-pants ‘ !
Obviously if your involved in something like the.. ‘ Cape May-to-Key West CannonBoat Run’… You hardy need info on Adventure Gear but Please bring as little of it as You can. Sleeping Bag-Air Mattress, a good idea if you’re thinking ShipSide. Uber is very available for the Soft -pillowed Hilton Crowd. Croakies, Head phones, Poker cash. And most important…a Sunny Disposition. And Some Sun wouldn’t hurt.
Do Not bring a Single Ounce of Food. And for Christs sake..and Yours …No Fucking Bananas. Especially You Damien. ..fuckin’ Banana-Lover.
Lots of information coming Your way….. some Fun, some Serious… Look Out ! for It.
‘ 3 Spooodies ‘ - Fastest 40 Foot Ship on the Sea from …….Cape May-to-Key West…. Right Guys….! Lets kick Some Ass…. !