After a tough weekend at the Islander Reef Run, patient the second race of the Endurance Series hopes to be an easier day on the water with a much shorter course. Gilligan's Run is the shortest course on the Endurance Series schedule. At just under 30 miles, the race starts and ends at the Acapulco Hotel and Resort in Daytona Beach Shores. The course usually runs North to a mark just offshore from the Ocean Deck Resturant, then South to round a Ponce De Leon Inlet ocean marker buoy, then back north to the start. The weekend is topped off by awards presentation and fish fry at Steve and Cindy Caron's house within walking distance from the Finish line which is always attended by most participants.
The competion will be tough as the 2009 Endurance Series Champion, Carbon Cruising, will be pushing for redemtion from last years narrow loss after the father/daughter Team McDonald corrected out over them. Also adding to the mix will be first Endurance Series champion Dave Ingram and Dingo Racing who placed 3rd at Gilligan's last year. Gilligan's Run always has good attendance with 25 boats last year and more are expected this year.
The race starts at 11:30 am and if you have any belief in weather forecasting, the wind is predicted to be out of the ESE at 9 mph with a 30% chance of precipitation. Traditionally the real race is to finish before the afternoon thunderstorms develop. Online registration and additional information can be found at www.Fleet80.com and www.SailSeries.com.