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DATES FOR UPCOMING SORC RACES:
Fort Lauderdale to Key West Race - January 13, 2015
Pineapple Cup / Montego Bay Race - February 6, 2015

Nassau Cup Ocean Race - November 12, 2015


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December 8, 2014
Ready to Head South?
36-24-34:  Measurements to get any sailor’s attention, particularly when they refer to today’s temperatures in Newport, RI, Portland, ME, and Annapolis, MD.    Those temps are not exactly conducive to good sailing conditions.  It was 75-degrees in Key West today.  The breeze off of Key West was 15 knots, at 030 degrees.  It does not take a math whiz to know that those numbers add up to a stellar trip to Key West.

Lauderdale Yacht Club, Storm Trysail Club, and the Southern Ocean Racing Conference welcome your participation in the 40th Annual Ft. Lauderdale to Key West Race.  What began 40 years ago as an idea for getting boats around to the west coast of Florida for the start of the SORC is set to begin in just over a month, with the Skippers Meeting at Lauderdale Yacht Club on January 13, 2015, and the start on January 14.  The after race party and awards presentation will be held at Kelly’s Caribbean Restaurant in Key West, on January 16. 

Do not miss the 40th Anniversary festivities.  Escape the cold temperatures and enjoy the hot action. Visit the official website for more information.  Race documents are available here:
SORC Media

November 15, 2014
That’s a Wrap!
It was a “death from behind” year for the 2014 Miami-Nassau Cup Race, with slower boats riding new breeze right up to the leaders on the final leg, to Nassau Harbor. The entire fleet finished within 2.5 hours of each other on Friday evening. First across was Frank Atkinson’s new J 125 Raisin’ Cane, in the IRC Class. Taking line honors for the PHRF Class was Eamonn DeLisser and Jim Bill’s new Farr 395 Senara, who were pushing Raisin’ Cane for the fleet lead early on Friday morning.

Alas, a day of light downhill work brought the leaders slowly to Nassau, while their big leads evaporated, thanks to the back of the fleet bringing the new breeze right up to the the leaders. Wilfredo Paredes’ Beneteau 43 Sunquest took the win in the PHRF Class by more than 45 minutes over the defending Nassau Cup Champion, Mirage. In the IRC Class, Russell Dunn’s Beneteau 36.7 Rim Shot hit nothing but net, beating Robin Team’s J 122 Teamwork by more than an hour to win the Nassau Cup.

Awards will be presented tonight at the Nassau Yacht Club, beginning at 19:30, with a welcome party beginning at 18:30. Next up for the 2014-2015 SORC season is the 2015 Ft. Lauderdale to Key West Race on January 14 and the Pineapple Cup, Ft. Lauderdale to Montego Bay Jamaica Race on February 6, both hosted by the Lauderdale Yacht Club and Storm Trysail Club.

SORC Media - C. Woolsey

November 11, 2014
Get Ready for the 2014 Miami-Nassau Cup Race
A cursory look at the list of past winners of the Miami-Nassau Cup Race reads like a who’s-who of yacht racing history, dating back to the 1930s.  From Carleton Mitchell’s four wins with Caribee and Finisterre in the 50s, to Jim Bishop’s four wins with Gold Digger from 2003 to 2009, the first race in the 2014-2015 SORC season has always attracted a challenging fleet of competitors big and small, from near and far.  Be it George Coumantarous’ maxi Boomerang winning in 1987 or MIT Professor Jerry Milgram’s 37-foot cat ketch Cascade, the 1973 winner that turned the early 1970's racing world on end, winning the Nassau race was always within the grasp of any number of competitors.

This year’s race, the 81st, hosted by Coral Reef Yacht Club, Nassau Yacht Club, Lauderdale Yacht Club, and Storm Trysail Club, is no different, with IRC and PHRF fleets well stocked with talent capable of joining that list of winners.  While forecasted light northerlies for the trip up around Great Isaac and Great Stirrup and down to Nassau, suggest that the 13.5 hour race record, set by Ron O’Hanley’s Privateer in 2012 will remain for another year, there should be some good racing action in both classes.  Christian Schaumloffel is back to defend last year’s overall win, with his Hobie 33 Mirage, but will face a challenge from any number of boats, including Dave Maraj’s brand new Oyster 575 24 Heures, skippered by Anson Mulder, and Frank Kern’s former Pineapple Cup Winner Carinthia, south from the Great Lakes for another winter racing season.  The IRC Class has another former Pineapple Cup Winner, Stuart Hebb/John Vincent’s Aerodyne 38 Thin Ice, vying for the win against Robin Team’s J-122 Teamwork, and a similarly talented class.

The festivities begin on Wednesday, November 12, at Coral Reef Yacht Club, with packet pickup at 17:00 and Skippers Meeting at 18:00.  The race starts at 11:00 Thursday, November 13, just north of the Miami Harbor entrance.  Competitors are welcome at Nassau Yacht Club for the Welcome and Awards Party, beginning at 18:30 on Saturday, November 15.

The official Scratch Sheet is now available.
You may follow the action with the Race Tracking.
Unofficial coverage and information will be available on the SORC Facebook Page:

SORC Media - C. Woolsey

September 3, 2014
Fort Lauderdale to Key West Race Update
The Notice of Race is posted and the Online Entry is open for the 2015 Fort Lauderdale to Key West Race. Go to the official website for more details

August 13, 2014
Pineapple Cup Update
The Notice of Race is posted and the Online Entry is open for the 2015 Pineapple Cup. Go to the official website for more details.

June 23, 2014
Nassau Cup Ocean Race Update
The Notice of Race is posted and the Online Entry is open for the 2014 Nassau Cup Ocean Race. Go to the official website for more details.

January 19, 2014
Heavy Hitters
Dr. Ulrich Rohde and his Swan 53, Dragon Fly Plus, had a big night at the awards presentation for the 39th Annual Fort Lauderdale to Key West Race. The big boat that started with such a emphatic statement on Wednesday, put an exclamation point on the race by sweeping the lion's share of the perpetual awards on Friday night. The Dragon Fly Plus crew broke out the broom with a clean sweep; First to Finish PHRF, First to Finish PHRF Corrected, Navigator's Trophy, and Best Overall Performance, along with the class win in PHRF A.

Steve and Heidi Benjamin's Carkeek 40, Spookie, took home the overall win for the IRC Fleet, correcting out over Line Honors winner PrivateerSpookie's Navigator, Bora Gulari, won the Navigator's Trophy for the IRC Fleet.


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Steve and Heidi Benjamin's Carkeek 40, Spookie, took home the overall win for the IRC Fleet, correcting out over Line Honors winner PrivateerSpookie's Navigator, Bora Gulari, won the Navigator's Trophy for the IRC Fleet.

The winner of the Multihull Fleet was Don Balthasar's Double Trouble.

Make plans early for next year's 40th Annual Fort Lauderdale to Key West Race. Wednesday, January 14, 2015. Watch this page for details. --SORC Media

Click HERE for a complete list of trophy winners.


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