Guys, anyone who's dithering about entering should make a decision pronto before all places have gone. Quote from Dick Kearn in his recent email to those who have already applied...
"If you have friends who may be interested in taking part, please warn them that the majority of unsupported places are taken, so if they don't have a crew, it would be best to contact Dick soon! Best wishes, Dick and Wayne."
There is a FB page for LLC130 too with some useful files, but check against later updates supplied by Dick as there is a possibility that some info like for example CP locations may change. Nothing decided yet though I understand.
No problem lowrez, I just weren't sure if you meant you'd actually submitted your interest.
The longboat idea has cone up before, for GUCR too There are sone serious stretches of locks on botb events and I recall there's quite a climb on LLC130.
I have always run unsupported on both events (Twice each on GUCR and LLC130)
There is a theory that going supported can benefit finish time by about 2 hours on GUCR at least, so I guess that would follow for LLC130 too, assuming of course that it holds true for everyone. I'm not completely convinced. I think it depends on whether it works for you or not. There are pro's and cons to everything of course.
Apparently it takes about 5 days for a longboat to navigate the length of the Grand Union so I'd guess a little less for LLC. So yes you could potentially beat the longboat by 3 days Good luck getting in, then you can put your prediction to the test. In fact, you'd have to make sure of it because of the cut off!