Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Lauderdale to Key West Race Preview

J/122 sailing Key West (Fort Lauderdale, FL)- When the cold northerly winds of January blow, where would you rather be, bundled up in the cold white north, or in shorts and a t-shirt in Key West? Would you rather shovel your driveway, or walk Duval Street?  Would you rather sit around waiting for a groundhog to see his shadow or share the streets with roosters and Hemingway’s six-toed cats in front of the Southernmost White House?  No matter the question, Key West is The Answer.

The 41st Annual Fort Lauderdale to Key West Race, hosted by Lauderdale Yacht Club and the Storm Trysail Club, kicks off on Tuesday, January 10, 2017, when competitors gather at Lauderdale Yacht Club for the pre-race Mt. Gay Rum Party and Skippers Meeting.  On Wednesday the 11th, the race will get under way for the annual sprint down and around the shoals of the Florida Keys to the Conch Republic.

The race starts at 13:00 off of Port Everglades, for the 160-mile sprint southbound and around the curve of the Florida Keys to Key West, where winter in the tropics awaits. Once in Key West, competitors can enjoy all that the island has to offer, including (but by no means limited to) the SORC Duty Station at the upstairs deck at Turtle Kraals, and the Friday night Awards Party at Kelly’s Caribbean Bar and Grill.

This year, the IRC Class has an enormous range of boats from 38 to 75 feet, including Chris & Karen Lewis’ J/44 KENIA from Lakewood YC in Houston, TX. ORC Class has a similar scenario, with boats ranging from 34 to 70 feet, including Paul Milo’s J/122 ORION from New York YC and Frank Atkinson’s J/125 RAISIN’ CANE from Coconut Grove Sailing Club.  The PHRF A class has Gary Weisberg’s J/111 HEAT WAVE from Jubilee YC in Gloucester, MA up against an M32, a Farr 395 and Class 40!  Up against some seriously heavy cruising boats in PHRF B class is the J/World Annapolis crew, led by Kristen Berry, on the seriously fast J/88 MI2.  For more Storm Trysail & Lauderdale YC Fort Lauderdale to Key West Race sailing information