41st Fort Lauderdale to Key West Race
Published on January 14th, 2016
41st Fort Lauderdale to Key West RacePublished on January 14th, 2016
Classic South Florida conditions welcomed sailors to the start of the 41st Fort Lauderdale to Key West Race, where 37 teams began the 160-mile course on January 13.
Defending race champion Steve Benjamin hit the line with speed after a gybe-set in his new TP52 Spookie, to win the start for the IRC class, chased closely by the Cookson 50 Privateer, to win a hotly contested start at the coveted pin end.
The J/125 Raisin Cane battled the Swan 80 Chessie for the start of the PHRF A class, with the J boat wanting the pin and getting it.
The breeze built and shifted a bit to the NE as the classes made their way through the sequences, with the multihulls starting in a brisk 12-15 knot breeze.
All 37 starters finished the race on January 14.
David & Peter Askew’s RP74 Wizard took line honors at 02:49:44, with Spookie finishing next, 01:25:33 later, to take the IRC title.
Taking overall honors in PHRF was 24 Heures, Anson Mulder’s Oyster 575, with Jason Carroll’s Gunboat 62 Elvis winning the multihull division.
Photos from the start by John Payne.