Save the Date for 2016:
Skipper's Meeting - January 12
Race Starts - January 13
Awards Party - January 15
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October 2, 2015
‘Round the Bend
A winter ride around the curve of the Florida Keys, to the warm, clear waters of Key West beckons sailors to the 41st Annual Fort Lauderdale to Key West Race. The race starts Wednesday, January 13 and is hosted by the Lauderdale Yacht Club, the Storm Trysail Club and SORC. The typical sleigh-ride conditions draw loyal competitors back for more, year after year.
Last year’s race saw Steve and Heidi Benjamin’s Carkeek 40 Spookie winning the IRC fleet for the second year in a row, and claiming the Committee Trophy for best overall performance. Will Steve and Heidi be back on the course with their bigger, stronger, faster TP52 Spookie? The best way to find out is to enter the race and see for yourself. Spookie always puts on quite a show...for as long as she remains in sight.
The IRC Fleet was not the only place for good action last year. Bill Bollin’s Melges 32 Badfish, crewed by a bevy of race veterans, held the inside line to win PHRF A and the PHRF Fleet, when the early leaders on Andrew Price’s Melges 30 Peerless strayed offshore a bit, in their first try at the race. Eammon deLisser and Jim Bill’s Farr 395 Senara nipped Dr. Ulrich Rohde’s venerable Swan 53, defending winner of the Committee Trophy from the 2014 race, on the final tack to the finish to take PHRF B, making that post-race breakfast at Blue Heaven all the more sweet.
This Key West Race is the third race of the Inaugural Islands in the Stream Series, consisting of the Miami to Nassau Race, Wirth Munroe Palm Beach Race, Fort Lauderdale to Key West Race, and the Miami to Havana Race. Notice of Series is available here.
Festivities begin at Lauderdale Yacht Club on Tuesday, January 12, with Registration at 16:00 and Skippers Meeting at 18:30. Post race headquarters will be on the upstairs deck at Turtle Kraals, and the awards presentation will once again be at Kelly’s Caribbean Bar and Grill, on Friday, January 15, beginning at 17:00. Make plans now. January is right around the bend.
August 26, 2015
The 2016 Notice of Race
The Notice of Race is now posted for the 2016 Fort Lauderdale to Key West race. Mark your calendars!
January 16, 2015
That's a Wrap
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All boats are finished in the 40th Annual Ft. Lauderdale to Key West Race. Throughout the fleet, crews stayed busy with sail handling, in the VMG running conditions. The crew on IRC Winner Spookie reported performing about sixty gybes on their way down the course, with their hard work resulting in a nine second win over Line Honors Winner Rambler 88. PHRF D Winner Grand Cru reported a similar experience, as did just about everyone else. Bill Bollin and crew on the Melges 32 Badfish scored a big win in the PHRF Fleet and PHRF A, fending off a big push from the turbocharged Melges 30 Peerless, and showing that there is another Great Lakes legend that heads south for the winter.
Eamonn deLisser and Jim Bill won a fight to the finish on the last tack in their first Ft Lauderdale to Key West Race with their new (to them) Farr 395 Senara. Rating even with and trailing close behind last year's overall winner Dragon Fly Plus, Senara ground the big Swan down on the light uphill climb to the finish. Clearly benefitting from the best looking crew in the fleet (despite Eamonn), Senara closed with a finish to match their stellar start.
Tom Andrews' Hobie 33 "Holy Toledo! enjoyed the conditions, taking the ride down the coast, to a PHRF C Class win, and coveted bragging rights over the other Hobie 33, Mirage.
Tom Reese's Flight Simulator won the Multihull Class (again), over last year's winner Double Trouble. In third was William Rey/Shake-A-Leg's Impossible Dream with a great finish.
After race festivities continue today at the upstairs bar at Turtle Kraals, with the Awards Party beginning at 5:00. Thank you to Lauderdale Yacht Club and Storm Trysail Club for hosting this event for these many years, and thank you to the competitors, who keep coming back year after year. You make the event what it is. May the next 40 Ft Lauderdale to Key West Races be as successful as the first 40.
- SORC Media
Multihull Record Holder:
Custom 60 - Stars and Stripes
Steve and Scott Liebel
8 hours 31 min 4 sec
Monohull Record Holder
R/P 81 - Carrera
10 hours 24 min 2 sec