Captains For Clean Water, the Florida-based advocacy group founded to address the state’s water issues, said this year’s iteration of the Florida Skiff Challenge will kick off April 8 at Flora-Bama on Perdido Key in the Panhandle.
The 1,300-mile, nonstop race around the Florida peninsula is expected to finish April 10 at Fernandina Beach.
Race founders said that the Skiff Challenge started as a battle for bragging rights and evolved into an annual event that spotlights the state’s water issues, led by CFCW and boatbuilders.
Five teams will participate in the sixth running of the race:
• Yellowfin Yachts
• Hell’s Bay Boatworks
• SeaPro Boats
• Key West Boats
• Angler Pro Boats
Each team will run a skiff no larger than 18 feet, powered by an outboard up to 70 hp. Boats can carry a maximum of 22 gallons of fuel, and teams must plot for fuel and food stops. A 90-minute stop is required at Key Largo Bay Marriott Beach Resort.