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Race News:

Fort Lauderdale to Key West Race - January, 2014
Nassau Cup Ocean Race - November 2014

Pineapple Cup / Montego Bay Race– February 6, 2015

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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.

December 28, 2013
Get Ready to Bring Your Best
A full moon will greet the fleet in the 2014 Fort Lauderdale to Key West Race.  Thirty seven competitors have registered for the annual race down the Keys, starting Wednesday afternoon, January 15.  The fleet represents a healthy mix of past winners, race veterans, and new faces, looking to find their way onto the podium at Kelly’s Caribbean Bar and Grill on Friday the 17th.  If you wish to join them, you would be well advised to heed the Boy Scout motto: “Be Prepared.” 

The Race to Key West is one of Steve Benjamin’s favorites, and he has raced it more than most competitors have.  Always competitive as skipper or crew, Benj and his wife Heidi bring their Carkeek 40, Spookie, to try to improve on last year’s second place IRC finish, one of the first races with their new boat.  Among the crew for the Key West Race is two-time (and current) Moth World Champion Bora Gulari.  With a year of work with the boat, including wins in the Manhasset Bay Y.C. Fall Series, Annapolis Big Boat Fall Regatta, and Wirth Munroe Palm Beach Race, Spookie will be tough to beat in the IRC Fleet. Peter Vroon returns with his Ker 46, Tonnerre de Breskens 3, to try to repeat his IRC Class win in 2011, and deny the Benjamins’ effort to top the fleet.

The PHRF Fleet is chock-full of former class and race winners.  Hobie 33s Tom Andrews’ Holy Toledo! and Christian Schaumloffel’s Mirage account for five overall race wins, but they will have to beat Frank Atkinson’s Cape Bay Fast 40, Different Drummer, winner of two of the last four overall trophies, to win the big prize.  Former class winners participating in this year’s race include Bandana, Dragon Fly Plus, Loki, Santarella, Second Wind, Sunquest, Teamwork and Wind Pirate.

All of these competitors know that it takes more than just being able to turn right, to win the Fort Lauderdale to Key West Race.  Which will sail the shortest distance? Which boat and crew will be able to handle the challenges one can confront when racing offshore to Key West in January?  We will know soon enough.  One thing is certain.  If you wish to beat them, you would be well advised to be well prepared and bring your best to the race course.

The final entry deadline is Friday, January 10, at 1800 hours.  Race information is available at this official race website, For information on this and other SORC events, see the SORC Website,  Visit this website for links to the Race Tracker and Facebook page.  –SORC Media

August 13, 2013
Nassau Cup Ocean Race NOR posted
The Notice of Race is posted and the Online Entry is open for the 2013 Nassau Cup Ocean Race. Go to the official website for more details.

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February 18, 2013
Shockwave Makes “Clean Sweep”
MONTEGO BAY, JAMAICA – After a relatively mellow light-air start, George Sakellaris’s (Framingham, Mass.) 72’ Reichel Pugh Shockwave eventually enjoyed double-digit reaching conditions to become first-to-finish, first in IRC division and first overall at the 31st biennial Pineapple Cup – Montego Bay Race Presented by Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum. The annual ocean race of 811 nautical miles started on Friday, February 8 at Florida’s Port Everglades, sending the “MoBay” fleet of ten boats--sailing in IRC and PHRF divisions--on a challenging all-points-of-sail course to Montego Bay, Jamaica.  Shockwave crossed the finish line on Sunday, February 10 with an elapsed time of two days, 11 hours, 23 minutes and two seconds, just short of the current race record that was set in 2005 by Titan 12.  Due to the favorable conditions, all of the boats had crossed the finish line by Tuesday evening, February 12, three days earlier than expected. Read more...

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