Wednesday, February 4, 2015

J’s Reaching to Key West

J's sailing to Key West (Ft Lauderdale, FL)- This year’s 40th annual Fort Lauderdale to Key West Race, hosted by the S.O.R.C., provided most of the fleet with light northeasterlies on the Wednesday afternoon start that soon changed to northwesterlies for the rest of the race after a frontal passage on Thursday night.

The race continues to serve as a really fun “feeder race” Key West Race Week and, later, for those who plan to sail the Pineapple Cup- the classic 800nm race from Lauderdale down around the Bahamas, past Cuba, to Montego Bay, Jamaica. For some of those boats, this circuit of events leads them to the RORC Caribbean 600 Race and the balance of the winter sailing season in the Caribbean.

J/125 sailing off FloridaSailing in PHRF A Chris Saxton’s J/145 VORTICES from Plymouth, MI in the Great Lakes made the most of the sailing conditions to grab third overall.

In perhaps the toughest fleet of the race, five J/Teams were racing in PHRF B. Top J was Frank Kern’s CARINTHIA with 3rd overall.  Next was Gary Weisberg’s J/111 HEAT WAVE in 5th, followed by Marcus Cholerton-Brown’s J/120 SUNSET CHILD in 6th, Bill Terry’s J/120 TAMPA GIRL in 8th and Kristen Berry’s J/120 EUROTRASH GIRL in 10th.   For social media Facebook Key West Race sailing info.   Sailing photo credits- Sharon Green/ Ultimate Sailing.  For more Ft Lauderdale to Key West sailing information