2018 Dates:
Skipper's Meeting - January 9
Race Starts - January 10
Awards Party - January 12

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Recent Race News:

October 2, 2017
Island Time
As of Sunday, October 1, Key West is open for business, tourists are welcome and the Southern Ocean Racing Conference is planning to take you there.  While Key West did not completely escape Irma’s impact, the island dodged much of the devastation felt a bit farther up the island chain. Marinas, restaurants, hotels and other businesses are operational. There are two great ways for all of us to celebrate Key West’s survival: a sailboat race and a Mount Gay Rum party (or two), and the SORC is going to give you both.

The 42nd Annual Fort Lauderdale to Key West Race will start on Wednesday, January 10, 2018, south of Port Everglades.  Hosted as always by Lauderdale Yacht Club and Storm Trysail Club, the race will take sailors south, along the westerly curve of the Florida Keys to the island that defies time and trouble.  IRC, ORC, PHRF, Racer-Cruiser/ARC and Multihull classes are invited. The race serves as the third leg of the SORC Islands in the Stream series for 2017-18.  Lauderdale Yacht Club will host the Skippers Meeting and pre-race party on Tuesday, January 9.  The SORC duty station will be based at the top deck bar at Turtle Kraals on Thursday and Friday, as always. 

For the first time in many years, Friday night’s Award’s Party will not be the end of the festivities.  The Conch Grinder Revival Race of 2018 will take place on Saturday morning, with details to be announced.  Watch for information on this official race website and check the SORC Sailing Facebook page for information on all SORC events.  Find information about the SORC Islands in the Stream Series on the main SORC page.

September 23, 2017
Hurricane Irma Update
Florida is a little nicked up right now from Hurricane Irma, but our schedule has not changed, and we are moving forward with this event. Make your plans for January 2018.

June 22, 2017
The Race is ON!
As they have every January since 1976, competitors will gather on the waters south of Port Everglades on January 10, 2018, for the 42nd Fort Lauderdale to Key West Race, hosted by the Lauderdale Yacht Club and Storm Trysail Club, and managed by the Southern Ocean Racing Conference.  The race will be the third race of the 2017-2018 SORC Islands in the Stream Series. The Skippers Meeting and party at LYC will take place on Tuesday night, January 9, and the after-race SORC headquarters will once again be at Turtle Kraals in Key West.  The awards party will be held at Kelly’s Caribbean Bar and Grill on Friday night.

The organizers of the Fort Lauderdale to Key West Race were excited when Yachting Magazine started Key West Race Week back in 1987. We regret its interruption, and look forward to working with anyone who revives this storied event.   In the meantime, plans are underway to revive the Conch Grinder Race, which fell victim to crowded docks and schedules between the Key West Race and Key West Race Week many years ago.  The Conch Grinder Race Revival will take competitors on an amusing journey on Saturday January 13. 

Watch for updates on the Ft. Lauderdale to Key West Race on this page. Updates on the SORC Islands in the Stream Series can be found on the main SORC page. Keep an eye on the SORC Sailing Facebook page for information on all SORC events.

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