I don't know if this is the right spot to post this question, but I don't know where else to do so. I have a built-to-plans (I think) C17LT and am considering entering the "Lighthouse to Lighthouse" race off the coast of Connecticut in mid- to late-September. So, I've been doing 14 mile runs (the length of the race) on my local lake. Did it this afternoon with a good amount of chop and confusion and finished 14 miles in 2:55, giving me an average speed of 4.8 m.p.h. Oh, I should mention that I'm using a Greenland paddle. (Yes, I have to make things difficult.) Comments? Reactions? What are other folks' experiences with this boat over similar distances? I honestly don't know if this is a pretty respectable showing or whether I'm slow as a tortoise. I can handle it -- tell me what you think. Thanks!