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Dates for 2014

Skipper's Meeting - November 12th
Race Starts - November 13th
Awards Ceremony - November 15th


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Photo courtesy of Robert Dunkley

November 16, 2014
Photos from Paradise
Here are some great photos from Robert Dunkley of the finish, match racing and awards. Also check out these nice arial race photos from BoatPix.

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

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Photo Courtesy of JohnPaynePhoto.com
Photo courtesy of JohnPaynePhoto.com

Since 1934, some of the best offshore sailors in the world have battled for the prestigious Miami to Nassau Cup, including Ted Turner, Dennis Conner, Dick Bertram, and Ted Hood, aboard legendary boats like Running TideWindward Passage, Tenacious, and Boomerang.  Half a generation after World War II forced a short intermission, the race became part of the fabled Southern Ocean Racing Conference in the 1980s until the series’ dissolution in the 1980s.  Building on the race’s welcome rebirth in 2003, the new SORC, a group of race-veteran race managers, announced its management of the Nassau Cup Race in 2010. 

Starting in South Florida, racers leave Great Isaacs Light to starboard and proceed past Great Stirrup Light, finally finishing at Nassau harbor. The current course record was set in the 2012 race by Ron O'Hanley on the yacht Privateer with an elapsed time of 13 hours, 31 minutes and 30 seconds.  Today’s modern boats just need the right conditions to claim this legendary prize, and racers of all types will enjoy the navigational and crew challenge of the race across the Gulf Stream. 

For a list of past winners of the Miami-Nassau Cup Race, click here

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