Competitors will race on four courses set over a 10-mile stretch of the Atlantic Ocean that lies between Key West's shore to inside the reef tract, six miles out. Racing is scheduled to start at 10.00 hours daily.
Racers are attracted by the Keys' warm winter waters, and the chance to compete against world-class sailors, said organizers.
The Key West Historic Seaport serves as headquarters for the racing boats and their crews. Sailing fans can mingle with crews at the docks before and after the racing action, and book seats on spectator boats.