Born in 1974 in a bar owned by race founder Michael Worrell and his brother Chris, the Worrell 1000 is a challenging dash up the coast from Florida to Virginia Beach that many have called insanity. Once sailed non-stop, the race now features daily, overnight checkpoints that bring to reality Worrell’s dream to attract considerably more media and social attention. At one time feared dead in the water, this year’s restart features 17 teams - one of the largest fields in history - from six countries. And even with all of today’s technology, the Worrell strains the mental and physical limits of its competitors and their tiny two-hulled sailboats.
Owner Carter Turpin has long been a supporter of the Worrell 1000 race and his teams have done quite well over the years - winning in 1984 with sailors Dean Froome and Enrique Figueroa. Sailors Mike Eason and Jack Eure guided Rudee’s to a fifth place finish in 1988.
Eason is now the team captain.
In a race like the Worrell, you need a skipper and crew with vast sailing experience. Time on a catamaran is essential. And trips dashing up the East Coast is a mega bonus. So to say Team Rudee’s is aiming at victory is an almost criminal understatement. Skipper Randy Smyth is a five-time Worrell winner, a two-time Olympic silver medalist and world champion, and on and on. On the trapeze with Smyth is Sarasota, Fla., native Dalton Tebo - a real up-and-comer in the sailing world. Click on the link below to see lists of the pair’s vast accomplishments.
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