A decades-old collaboration between the Storm Trysail and Lauderdale Yacht Clubs materializes again in 2005 as the 30th anniversary running of the Fort Lauderdale to Key West Race.
The annual 160-nautical mile race begins January 12 and runs south along the Florida Keys to the fun-filled town of Key West, serving as an unofficial feeder to Key West Race Week, which begins five days later. With 40 plus teams having participated in 2004, organizers are preparing for another healthy showing of sailors in classes for one-design, multihull, PHRF and IMS. New this year will be the addition of classes for sailboats rated by the newest of rules: the IRC.
"This is a unique opportunity to enjoy a point-to-point race while in the process of getting your boat to Key West,"
said Storm Trysail Club Commodore Dick NEVILLE (Annapolis, Md.). "For the past two years we've had a spectacular moonlight reach in flat water, which is ocean racing at its best. Our aim for 2005 is to spread the word to more sailors so we can have a bigger celebration befitting a 30th anniversary."
Neville added that the sailors are always "well taken care of" in the social department. A skippers meeting and cocktail party takes place January 11 at Lauderdale Yacht Club (LYC), with the awards scheduled for Friday, January 14th in Key West during a celebration at Kelly's Caribbean Bar & Grille.
"We're proud to host the 30th annual Fort Lauderdale to Key West Race,"
said LYC Commodore Dan ASHLIN. "No race better symbolizes the enjoyable tradition of competition, seamanship and fun that our club was founded on."
The Storm Trysail and Lauderdale Yacht Clubs were both formed in the 1930s, with LYC's clubhouse established in Fort Lauderdale and the Storm Trysail Club's main station established in Larchmont, N.Y. (It now has stations in the Chesapeake Bay, Great Lakes and Gulf Coast areas as well as in Maine and Rhode Island.) Race Headquarters for the Fort Lauderdale to Key West Race will be at LYC and the Turtle Kraals Restaurant Bar in Key West.