Welcome to SORC

 

The SORC mission is to lead the expansion of offshore competitive sailing in South Florida by providing the highest level of race organization, management and promotions for those that enjoy the sport of ocean sailing. The SORC is a Florida non-profit organization driven by a select group of volunteers that bring professional event management, sailing, racing and other skills to the organization.

 

 

 

 

Recent News:

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 all of our events. Make your plans for more SORC action in 2017 and 2018.

 

August 7, 2017

Right Around the Corner....

November is going to be here before you know it, and with it comes the beginning of winter offshore racing in South Florida.  That can only mean one thing: the Nassau Cup Ocean Race, hosted by Coral Reef Yacht Club, Nassau Yacht Club and the Storm Trysail Club, is scheduled to start on Thursday November 9.  Where would you rather be in early November, making sure you have enough layers to stay warm, or setting off from South Beach in the first race of the SORC Islands in the Stream Series, for a blast past Great Isaac, Great Stirrup and the Berry Islands on the way to Nassau as competitors before you have done since 1934? 

 

Get moving, because if you complete your entry before September 15, you will get a free bottle of Mt. Gay Rum when you check in before the Skippers Meeting at Coral Reef Yacht Club on November 8, courtesy of SORC Race Management. As always, there will be match racing and an Awards Party at Nassau Yacht Club on Saturday the 11th. 

 

December’s race is the winter classic Wirth Munroe Invitational Palm Beach Race, organized by Sailfish Club of Florida, the Storm Trysail Club, and Biscayne Bay Yacht Club and managed by Sailfish Club of Florida and SORC. The Wirth Munroe Race, from Miami to Palm Beach, the second race of the SORC Series is always held on the first Friday in December and always concluded with the best buffet dinner in racing, at the Sailfish Club of Florida. The “Race to the Buffet” is not one to miss.

 

Something old, something new... for the Fort Lauderdale to Key West Race.  Kick the new year off right with a January visit to Ft. Lauderdale and a Tuesday night party at the Lauderdale Yacht Club prior to the Wednesday, January 10, 2018 start of the Ft. Lauderdale to Key West Race, hosted by LYC and the Storm Trysail Club and managed by the SORC.  The race once again serves as the third race of the SORC Islands in the Stream Series. Spend a Thursday or Friday afternoon in the sun at the Duty Station at the upstairs patio bar at Turtle Kraals, and enjoy the Mt. Gay Rum pour at the awards party at Kelly’s Caribbean Bar and Grill on Friday night.

 

Stick around on Saturday morning for the return of the Conch Grinder Race, a fun foray onto the waters off of Key West.  The Conch Grinder was a staple of the era when the Lauderdale to Key West fleet rafted up in the submarine basin, for all manner of activities that resulted in a common recollection of the Conch Grinder: “I remember thinking that I could not believe that I was out racing on a Saturday morning in that condition.”  Those were the days and the SORC will bring the sailing part of that back for 2018; the rest of the experience is up to you. 

The 3rd Annual Miami to Cuba Race will start on Wednesday, February 14, 2018, finish in Varadero, Cuba, and will once again serve as the deciding race for the SORC Islands in the Stream Series.  Details for the race, hosted by Coral Reef Yacht Club and SORC, are being finalized and will be announced shortly.

 

What started as a trial run in last February’s Havana Race had enough interest that it will be a feature of all four SORC races this season.  The East Coast Racer Cruiser Association class will provide a chance for racer/cruisers to get on the course and enjoy the camaraderie and competition of racing against similar boats to interesting and fun destinations, while enjoying a comfortable boat with a full interior, and without the need for an annual purchase of a new sail inventory.  The ECRCA comprised a third of the monohull fleet for the Havana Race, and the close scores showed just how competitive this group of racers can be.  Welcome to the Series, ECRCA.

Watch for more SORC Islands in the Stream Series news on this page or on the SORC Sailing Facebook Page.  Nassau Cup Race info is available on the race web page, www.nassaucuprace.org. Wirth M. Munroe Invitational Palm Beach Race info is available at www.sailfishclub.com. The Ft. Lauderdale to Key West Race website is www.keywestrace.org, and the Cuba Race site is www.havanarace.org.

 

 

July 2, 2017

2017-18 SORC Islands in the Stream Notice of Series

The dates for the 2017-18 SORC Islands in the Stream Series are set and the Notice of Series is done, so make your plans now to pack your winter with warm-water, tropical SORC action.  The season starts off of South Beach with the Nassau Cup Race hosted by the Coral Reef Yacht Club, Storm Trysail Club, and Nassau Yacht Club, and managed by SORC, starting on Thursday, November 9, 2017. As always, there will be match racing and post-race festivities at the Nassau Yacht Club. 

 

December’s race is the winter classic Wirth Munroe Invitational Palm Beach Race, hosted by Biscayne Bay Yacht Club, the Storm Trysail Club and the Sailfish Club of Florida, and managed by SORC. The Wirth Munroe Race, from Miami to Palm Beach, is always held on the first Friday in December and always concluded with the best buffet dinner in racing, at the Sailfish Club of Florida. The “Race to the Buffet” is not one to miss.

 

Kick the new year off right with a visit to Ft. Lauderdale and a Tuesday night party at the Lauderdale Yacht Club prior to the Wednesday, January 10, 2018 start of the Ft. Lauderdale to Key West Race, hosted by LYC and the Storm Trysail Club and managed by the SORC.  Spend a Thursday or Friday afternoon in the sun at the SORC Duty Station at the upstairs patio bar at Turtle Kraals, and enjoy the Mt. Gay Rum pour at the awards party at Kelly’s Caribbean Bar and Grill on Friday night. Stick around on Saturday morning for the return of the Conch Grinder Race, a fun foray onto the waters off of Key West.

 

The 3rd Annual Miami to Cuba Race will start on Wednesday, February 14, 2018, finish in Varadero, Cuba, and will once again serve as the deciding race for the SORC Islands in the Stream Series.  Details for the race, hosted by Coral Reef Yacht Club and SORC, are being finalized and will be announced shortly. 

 

Watch for more SORC Islands in the Stream Series news on this page or on the SORC Sailing Facebook Page.  Nassau Cup Race info is available on the race web page, www.nassaucuprace.org. Wirth M. Munroe Invitational Palm Beach Race info is available at www.sailfishclub.com. The Ft. Lauderdale to Key West Race website is www.keywestrace.org, and the Cuba Race site is www.havanarace.org.

 

 

April 4, 2017

SORC Islands in the Stream Series Results

Andrew Pike and the Corinthian team on his Beneteau First 45 Achilles Keel survived the grind of the 2016-17 SORC Islands in the Stream Series to claim top honors at the final awards presentation at Club Nautico Internacional Havana on March 18.  The team rose to the top in grand SORC style, nipping the time-limit in a light air race to Nassau in November’s Nassau Cup, and an upwind grinder in the Wirth M. Munroe Palm Beach Race, to place second in both.  The team skipped the Ft. Lauderdale to Key West Race, burning up their throw-out race in order to install a new engine in the boat and to refresh the sail inventory mid-series. 

 

That set the stage for the Miami to Havana Race, the final race of the series.  Achilles’ Keel entered the race tied with Eamonn deLisser and Jim Bill’s Farr 395 Senara for the series lead. A mid-race wind shift to the west forced much of the fleet to make the turn across the Gulfstream earlier than they may have wanted, including SenaraAchilles’ Keel soldiered on to the west and benefitted from a better angle through the stream as a result, as did most of the class winners in the event. Achilles’ Keel ended up fourth in the IRC Class, with Senara scoring fifth in PHRF B, totaling nine points for the Series, to Achilles’ Keel’s eight. 

 

Phil Scalise’s Baltic/Peterson 38 Santarella overcame a tough Nassau Cup race to climb into third place for the Series, just two points off of the lead, thanks to good scores through the middle of the Series, in the Palm Beach Race and the Key West Race.  Stuart Hebb and John Vincent’s Aerodyne 38 Thin Ice was fourth, another point back, and with twelve points, FK Day’s beautiful Class 40 Longbow rounded out the top five in the Series with a third in PHRF A for the Havana Race.


Start planning now for the 2017-2018 SORC Islands in the Stream Series.  The Nassau Cup Race kicks off on November 9, just off of South Beach and takes competitors through the Bahamas, along the Berry Islands, to the festivities in Nassau at the Nassau Yacht Club.  The Wirth Munroe Palm Beach Race will take the fleet from South Beach to Palm Beach (where the best buffet dinner in sailing awaits at the Sailfish Club of Florida) on Friday, December 1.  The fleet convenes at Lauderdale Yacht Club to ring in the new year of racing before the January 10, 2018 start of the Ft. Lauderdale to Key West Race, the annual downwind romp down the Keys to Key West, where the SORC will host the duty station at the upstairs bar at Turtle Kraals, and the Awards Party at Kelly’s Caribbean Bar and Grill.  The Series will wrap up once again with a race from Miami to Cuba, with details to be announced. 

 

Congratulations to all of the competitors who participated in the 2016-2017 SORC Islands in the Stream Series.  We look forward to seeing you next season. 

 

Final Series Reults:

Boat Name

Nassau Cup

Wirth M. Munroe Race

Ft. Lauderdale to Key West

Miami to Havana

Total

Achilles Keel

2

2

-

4

8

Senara

2

2

4

5

9

Santarella

8

2

3

5

10

Thin Ice

5

3

4

4

11

Longbow

-

6

3

3

12