2017 Wirth Munroe Race     2017 Wirth Munroe Race 2

The 61st annual Wirth M. Munroe Race is only a month away and the fleet is growing. The 60-mile coastal sprint starts the morning of December 1, 2017 off Government Cut in Miami and finishes off the Palm Beach Inlet. This staple of the winter racing season is true test for sailors of all stripes, from Grand Prix racers to cruiser-racers.

Current entries include boats from Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts, Michigan and Rhode Island. Among the cruiser-racers are Becky Lyons' Tartan 40 OSITA, Tom Bowler's Morris Ocean Series 46 Escapade II, James Scalise's Baltic 38 Santarella, and Thin Ice, an Aerodyne 38 owned by Stuart Hebb and John Vincent. Among the racers are George Collins' Tripp 62 ChessieRacing, Steve & Heidi Benjamin's TP 52 Spookie, Austin & Gwen Fragomen's Botin 44 Interlodge IV, and James Carolla's Class 40 Longbow.

All entrants will be rewarded with the legendary hospitality of the Sailfish Club of Florida and will have the opportunity to attend the post-race buffet dinner and awards ceremony.

Once again this year, the Sailfish Club of Florida and the Storm Trysail Club are partnering to sponsor the race. The Biscayne Bay Yacht Club has joined the Organizing Authority and will host the Skippers' Meeting on Thursday, November 30 at 1830. SORC and Sailfish Club of Florida will oversee Race Management.

The Wirth M. Munroe Race will be scored as part of the SORC's Islands in the Stream Series, which also includes the November 9th Nassau Cup Race, the January 10th Lauderdale to Key West Race and the February 14th Miami to Havana Race.

For more information on the Wirth M. Munroe Race, please go to the Sailfish Club website or contact Sarah Gay at Sailfish Club's office, (561) 844-0206 or

To enter the race, please go to YachtScoring.

Bill Moriarty
Storm Trysail Club - Southern Station Fleet Captain

Lets go sailing.

"Alright now, this is a night start don't forget; so let's get somebody on lookout up on that bow...

Alright now, did you figure the current? For chrissake do I have to do everything? And don't forget to figure the daylight saving. What? No, you add an hour, for chrissake, can't anybody here sail a boat? What did he say? He said "turn off the engine". Oh, yeah. OK, how long 'til our start? Who's on the stopwatch? OK, you get back here outta the way and stay there.

Alright now, let's come about and get over near the committee boat. Alright, let's come about. COMIN' ABOUT! Wheres the handle, where's the handle - TAIL, willya, fer chrissake!! How's that? Take it in to the block. That's enough.

BANG! What gun was that? That was OUR GUN. Did you get that on the watch? Do you see that guy? Yeah, I see him. Alright now, we got five more minutes. Let's run the line for a second. You can't, YOU'RE ON PORT TACK. Oh, yeah, OK, let's come about again. COMIN' ABOUT! FOUR MINUTES, Well it's too crowded over here, let's get down to leeward where our air is clear.

CRASH!!!! What was that???? Well, put the stove in gimbals, for chrissake. Clean it up later, get up here. What the hell are you doing down there anyway? You can eat at home! THREE MINUTES...Did anybody center the prop? Well, center it, Charlie, don't stand there. There's a flashlight overhead in the doghouse. Well, try another one, I put all new batteries in yesterday. TWO MINUTES...Two minutes for chrissake where's the other end of the line, they got a line two miles long. We gotta come about. COMING ABOUT...OK, let it go letitgogoddamm it. Alright, get it in, get it in. It's fouled on the lifeline. DON'T JERK IT! You'll pull the goddam boat apart. Trim, trim, trim, OK, hold that. Where's the ------ing committee boat. We gotta come about again. COMING ABOUT! More turns, more turns. OK, cleat that. ONE MINUTE--Alright, slack everything, slack the jib, slack the main, SLACK THE MAIN...OK hold that ...THIRTY SECONDS...OK we're going for the line. Trim, trim, trim the main. FIFTEEN SECONDS...OK everybody up to windward....TEN SECONDS ...NINE, EIGHT, SEVEN, SIX, FIVE, FOUR, THREE, TWO, ONE.....for chrissake where's that gun...We're over the line. They'll never see us down here anyway. BANG! OK, we've started.

You did a great job with that stopwatch. OK, let's get these lines coiled up, I can't stand up in the cockpit. Good start, guys."