Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Boating Notebook

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Boating Notebook

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WORREL STARTS TOMORROW

The Worrel 1000, the world's longest catamaran race, starts tomorrow in Fort Lauderdale.The expected 25 boats are scheduled for a stopover Thursday at the Comfort Inn in Jacksonville Beach on their difficult 1,000-mile odyssey up the coast to Virginia Beach, Va.

The annual race, which started in 1976, features many Florida sailors, including Olympic Silver Medalist and defending champion Randy Smyth of Fort Walton Beach, as well as international cat-racing stars like Brett Dryland and Rod Waterhouse of Australia.

Though many area sailors have competed in past races, the only duo from Northeast Florida-South Georgia racing this year is Bill Wallace of Brunswick and Jim Stone of Savannah as Team Tybee Island/Entegra.

The race ends in Virginia Beach May 20.

BOATS ON PARADE

Some of the fastest watercraft in the world and many of the slower variety will be on display in South Georgia next weekend at the Harborfest in Brunswick, Ga., and at the first Kayak Demo Day in Kingsland, Ga.

The second annual Brunswick Harborfest powerboat races will pit competing tunnel-hull, outboard-powered craft running at speeds up to 100 mph at the Mary Ross Waterfront Park in the downtown historic district on Saturday and Sunday.

The event, the only American Powerboat Association-sanctioned race still run in the Northeast Florida-Southeast Georgia area, is expected to attract up to 50 racers from throughout the U.S. and as many as 8,000 spectators. The races -- time-trials on Saturday and the main events on Sunday -- are free to the public. The festivities Sunday also include the traditional annual Blessing of the Fleet. For more information, call Sam Haraway at (912) 264-4024 or the Brunswick Downtown Development Authority at (912) 265-4032.

About 30 miles south in Kingsland on Saturday, up to 100 kayaks are expected to be on display and available for free demonstrations and paddling instruction 10 a. …

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