Panga Marine will be running in this year’s Florida Skiff Challenge!

Benefitting the CCA of Florida [donate here]

The Challenge is to “… run a small open skiff from Gulf Breeze, Florida down along the western coast of the Gulf of Mexico and across Florida Bay before heading north up the East Coast of Florida to The Lodge at Cabin Bluff in Woodbrine, Georgia. “This is a very unique event,” says organizer Heath Daughtry of Yellowfin Yachts. “It’s a gentleman’s race for bragging rights only. We’re not competing against each other but rather against the elements—the seas, the weather—to see who can even finish the entire course.”

Click Here to Follow our progress! (This link will take you to the GPS satellite track for the skiffs.)

This year’s contest will also benefit the Coastal Conservation Association’s clean water efforts in Florida. “This is really a competition to see who can raise the most money for CCA,” says Daughtry. “Each team is soliciting sponsors and donations so we’re hoping to raise $10 per mile to go directly toward CCA’s habitat restoration programs. Florida’s waters and our gamefish are the real winners here.” The donations will be presented to CCA during the conservation organization’s annual fundraiser in Orlando.

Three teams are competing in this year’s Challenge. Heath Daughtry and Chase Daniel from Yellowfin Yachts in Sarasota will return to the Challenge this year. Chris Peterson and J.C. Peterson from Hell’s Bay Boatworks in Titusville, Florida will also be on the water along with Tom Biller from the Sarasota-based Panga Marine.

Tom Biller and Ryan Till will be running an 18′ skiff with a 60HP Suzuki.

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