Saturday, January 30, 2016

Conch Republic Cup Preview

J/111 and J/125 and J/88 sailing Conch Republic to Havana, Cuba (Key West, FL)- Ninety miles south from the coast of Key West is Havana. It has been an elusive sailing destination since 1961 when the US imposed an economic embargo against Cuba. Now for the first time the United States has begun to allow limited boat travel to Cuba.

This will not be the first time the CRC has raced to Cuba but it will be the first time with government approval. The goal is to provide a world-class format for racers to have a challenging race across the Gulf Stream to Cuba.

J/111 sailing Key West to Havana, CubaKey West and Havana have shared a long maritime connection. It has been a unique relationship not shared with the rest of the USA. The event is designed to attract racers who have just completed Key West Race Week (KWRW) and racers that are on their way to the Caribbean racing season. It is an opportunity not to be missed!

The response has been overwhelmingly positive; the fleet of forty boats takes off on Thursday, January 28th from.  There are six J/teams sailing in the racing PHRF B Class.  Likely leading the fleet across will be Peter Krueger’s silver bullet, the J/125 DOUBLE TROUBLE from San Francisco, CA.  Working hard to keep pace with them will be two J/111s, Bennet Greenwald’s PERSEVERANCE from San Diego, CA and Bill Smith’s WOOTON from Bay Harbor, MI.  Another duel will certainly take place between two J/120s, Rick Moore’s MOOSE DOWN from Charleston, SC and Marcus Cholerton-Brown’s SUNSET CHILD from New York, NY.  If there is a lot of reaching/ running, watch out for the J/88 speedster- Dave Malkin’s MISSION IMPOSSIBLE 2 from Annapolis, MD!  For more Conch Republic Cup sailing information