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.
January 18, 2016
Friday night was a big night at the Oldest House for Rolex Yachtsman of the Year Steve Benjamin, his wife Heidi, and their Spookie team, winning just about everything they could possibly win at the awards presentation for the 41st Fort Lauderdale to Key West Race. Just as their former, smaller Spookie did last year, their new (to them) TP52 rose to the head of the class in it’s first Key West Race, winning the loaded IRC Fleet and the Committee Trophy for Best Overall Performance. Navigator Anderson Reggio won the IRC Navigator’s Trophy for his efforts. Just about the only thing they did not do was win line honors. The much larger, and also very well sailed Wizard was the first to finish.
Anson Mulder’s Oyster 575 24 Heures cleaned up similarly in the PHRF Fleet, winning a tight battle with Dr. Ulrich Rohde’s former overall race winning Swan 53 Dragon Fly Plus for the class win in PHRF B, and keeping Bill Bollin’s Melges 32 Badfish, winner of PHRF A, from repeating it’s overall PHRF win from last year. It was a big night for 24 Heures, and Navigator Joe Goulet, winner of the Navigator’s Trophy for the PHRF Fleet.
Phil Scalise’s venerable Peterson 38 Santarella capped an amazing past year by literally rising from the depths of summer... and racing to the top of PHRF C. Norman Church’s equally well-traveled Morgan 41 Obsession was just as impressive in the PHRF D Class, continuing the impressive performances by East coast Florida boats in the PHRF Fleet.
Jason Carroll’s Gunboat 62 Elvis, reveled in the classic Key West Race conditions, and benefitted from some recent performance upgrades (not to mention an all-star crew), winning on line honors and corrected time in the Multihull Fleet. Ryan Breymaier collected the Multihull Navigator’s Trophy to add to his recent collection of offshore records.
After three races and one final race left, there is a tight race for the top spot in the Islands in the Stream series standings.
September 13, 2015
Welcome to the 2015-16 SORC Sailing season. An exciting series of offshore races await competitors in the Southeast’s traditional winter aquatic playground, where sailors from near and far gather to test and polish skills, acquire new ones, and enjoy the heat of competition and the warmth of different harbors. This season promises all of that and more.
The season kicks off Thursday, November 12, 2015, just off of the shores of Miami Beach, with the 82nd running of the Nassau Cup Ocean Race to Nassau, hosted by Coral Reef Yacht Club, Nassau Yacht Club, Lauderdale Yacht Club and Storm Trysail Club. Who will wrest the cup from the hands of Defending Champion Russell Dunn and his Beneteau 36.7 Rimshot? We will know in just a few months time, whether anyone is up to the task. Skippers and crews with gather at Coral Reef Yacht Club for a Skippers Meeting and pre-race festivities on Tuesday, November 11, with post-race festivities at Nassau Yacht Club, as always.
Andrew Price’s venerable turbo Melges 30 Peerless was off to a great start in last January’s 40th Annual Fort Lauderdale to Key West Race, clearly enjoying the normal sleigh-ride conditions. Unfortunately, as they made the turn to the west, angles got tighter, and they allowed themselves to work offshore a bit, into the deep blue waters of the Gulf Stream. This allowed the race veterans on the Melges 32 Badfish to sneak inside of them and to the top of the PHRF fleet, leaving the Peerless crew almost as blue as the color of the hull. Will Peerless have another go at it, and is Badfish up for the rematch, or will they remain where the water is solid in the winter? Stay tuned (and stay inside the Stream, lest you get the blues). Competitors will gather at Lauderdale Yacht Club on January 12, 2016, for the Skippers Meeting and pre-race cocktail party; the race starts south of Port Everglades on Wednesday, January 13, with post-race headquarters at Turtle Kraals, and the awards presentation on Friday evening, January 15, once again at Kelly’s Caribbean Restaurant.
The Sailfish Club of Florida has agreed to let us include the results from the December 4th Wirth M. Munroe Memorial Palm Beach Race, which we will score along with the results from the three SORC races, to create a four-race Islands in the Stream Series. The competitor with the best results throughout the series will be awarded the Islands in the Stream Trophy. There is no separate entry form to fill out; enter the series by entering the races as you normally would. Check out the Islands in the Stream Notice of Series on this website.
You spoke, we listened. Thanks to improved relations between countries, sailors can now race to Cuba, and to Cuba we will race. The Miami to Havana Race, hosted by the Coral Reef Yacht Club and the Hemingway International Yacht Club of Cuba, will begin on February 10, 2016, with competitors racing down the curve of the Florida Keys and turning to make their way across the Gulf Stream to Marina Hemingway at whatever point their navigator deems appropriate. A coastal race on February 14 will take competitors along the famed Malecón and back. The Notice of Race is available on the official Miami to Havana Race website.
The Islands in the Stream Series: Four races over a three month span, two Gulf Stream crossings, one hell of a good time. Winter racing and the SORC season, a match made in heaven.