January 12, 2012
To Finish or Not to Finish?
It’s been a test of endurance some would say. Thirty three hours after the start of the 37th Annual Fort Lauderdale to Key West Race the trophies are still very much “up in the air”. Of 47 registered boats, 20 have officially retired or did not start and 5 have finished. There are still 22 out there. Some, sure they can make the 48 hr time limit and want that trophy! They may be the ones who know how to enjoy those precious moments of quiet given to us every so often. The sailors have been great with their competition for “Best on the Water Reporting”, several are contenders. Stay tuned to the tracking and Live Race Results for up to the minute information.
First to Finish
Since the last report, Mystiko, Silhouette, and Anhinga have retired with no wind or mechanical issues. And with a short last tack to lay the finish, Rambler has become the first boat to finish the 37th Annual Fort Lauderdale to Key West Race. Denali and Privateer are still neck and neck around 8 miles out. Following the tracking to check the rest of the fleet.
Official word from the Race Committee: Osita, MJ IV, Mirage, Tristan B and Elvis have retired. Osita and Mirage were back at LYC last night. Tristan B is motoring south for the party after a broken halyard. Elvis is motoring south in Hawk’s Channel with a broken headboard on the main. All are safe. Rambler is off of Big Pine Key making 8-10 kts. We should be seeing them soon here in Key West.
January 11, 2012
No Record Breaking This Year
Through the evening and into the night, the wind conditions were changing. The waters off of Miami had so little wind the boats were barely making way. While further south the multi hulls were looking at double digit boat speeds. There are still too many miles to go to predict class winners, but Rambler is out in front. Denali and Privateer are near each other and next in line.
And They're Off!
Beating into a 20-25kt wind, the fleet is southbound! The signal boat was the favored end, seen here from the flybridge. Even the 62' Gunboat Elvis is playing it safe with a reefed main and a storm jib. Wizard, Antilope, Reef Points, Loki, Bandana, Osita and Warlock have retired or did not start.
January 10, 2012
The Pre-Race Skippers meeting was well attended this evening at the Lauderdale Yacht Club. As always the rum and other beverages flowed freely and the conversation was mostly about the weather. The first starting gun will be at 1pm tomorrow just south of Port Everglades Inlet with a predicted 12-17 knot south wind. Depending on the speed of the front, it looks to be an upwind race for the leaders of the fleet. The slower boats should have a leg of downwind as they near the lower Keys. It’s not looking like record breaking conditions this year, but good sailing for all.
The entrants are from all across the USA: from Florida up to New England and west to Nevada. And also from lands afar: Antilope (Grand Soleil 46) from the Netherlands, and Tristan B (Southerly 57RS) from Canada.
Jan 15 2012
The Results are Official
The 37th Annual Fort Lauderdale to Key West Race official results are in! The last boat crossed the finish line at 10:49 am Friday– 46 hours after the start. The race started in 20-25 kt south wind and 4-6 ft seas. Soon after, the wind died and the weather was changing the rest of the race. The wind angles were such that sail changes, tacks and gybes were numerous for all boats. Thirty nine boats started the race, while only 20 sailed to the finish. Rambler (RP 90) was the First to Finish, but on corrected time, Sarah (X41) won the IRC Class. Denali was 2nd across the line and won their class and the PHRF Division, also netting them the award for “Best Overall Performance”.
The award for “Best on the Water Reporting”’ on the official SORC Face book page was won by Stephanie Sweeney and the crew of Nanuq, who posted numerous photos and notes from their sail to Key West.
SPOT tracking is officially part of all SORC events. It allows the friends and family to keep track of the race with real time position updates. Click here to watch the tracking for this race.
The next SORC event is the 2012 Fort Lauderdale Nassau Race November 8-12, followed by the Fort Lauderdale to Key West Race starting on January 16, 2013 and the Montego Bay Race starting February 8, 2013.
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