Five events for SORC Islands in the Stream Series
Published on August 26th, 2021
Details are nearly confirmed for the 2021-22 SORC Islands in the Stream Series which will provide five events from November through March along the gulf of Southern Florida.
FIRST UP – NASSAU CUP OCEAN RACE
After a successful 2020-21, SORC is ready to begin a new series of races. We are happy to begin our season with the traditional Nassau Cup Race, with a start off Government Cut in Miami, finishing at the Lighthouse entrance to the Nassau Harbor. Most of the restrictions have been lifted in the Bahamas and we will be able to offer the traditional Friday night buffet, Saturday’s J-22 Match Races and Awards Ceremony on Saturday night at the Nassau Yacht Club. Sign up is now available on Yachtscoring, so get your entry in and join us on the start line November 11th. This race, in one fashion or another, is now in it’s 79th year, so don’t miss out!
SECOND UP – WIRTH MUNROE RACE
With the second regatta in our series, we have once again incuded the results from the Wirth Munroe “Race to the Buffet” with a Classic start off Government Cut in Miami on Friday, December 3rd , and although not counted toward our series, there will also be a start in Ft. Lauderdale named the Sprint for those wishing to sail a shorter distance to the finish in Palm Beach.
THIRD ON THE ROSTER – FT. LAUDERDALE TO KEY WEST
Continuing, last January during COVID, Key West Race competitors enjoyed great service at empty bars on Duvall Street. This year, Key West is full. Very full. So full that hotel rooms on the traditional race dates have proven nearly impossible to secure. To enable more sailors to enjoy Key West, we researched nearby dates with greater capacity and have decided to move the event forward two weeks, with the start on January 5th. Competitors are strongly encouraged to secure hotel rooms immediately before they are taken by the weddings and vacations that have deluged the hospitality industry this year.
FOURTH REGATTA – Goodbye Eleuthera, Hello Port Canaveral
The 2022 Chris Morris Memorial Eleuthera Race is cancelled as the Cape Eleuthera Resort is experiencing a post-pandemic rush that makes it impossible for them to accommodate the race this winter.
In its place is the Inaugural Port Canaveral Race. Starting on February 17 off of South Beach, Miami, taking sailors across the Gulfstream and around a mark NNW of West End, Grand Bahama, then Northwest to the finish at Port Canaveral, FL
Located at the south end of Kennedy Space Center, Port Canaveral offers a deep water destination to accommodate all of our competitors. There are Marina facilities for the fleet, and thanks to a growing cruise industry, plenty of hospitality and lodging options to be found.
FIFTH AND LAST UP – SAILORS’ CHOICE REGATTA
Last year’s Sailors’ Choice Race is back, scheduled for March 18. Bounded by parties at the Lauderdale Yacht Club, the race allows competitors to choose their race direction, sailing clockwise or counter-clockwise around two pairs of marks on either side of the Gulf Stream. Last year the fleet split, and experienced a navigator’s race like few others. The awards party will also crown the Islands in the Stream winter series champion at an awards party at the newly-renovated Lauderdale Yacht Club, where family and friends can enjoy club hospitality after the start and greet the sailors when they return.