DECEMBER 3, 2021
The Wirth M. Munroe yacht race is held on the first Friday in December
First sailed in 1957, the race begins the winter ocean racing circuit in South Florida. The course presents challenging conditions as yachts must consider the vagaries of the Gulf Stream and the passing of the season’s first frontal systems.
This event is a qualifier for the Southern Ocean Racing Conference (SORC) Islands in the Stream Series. The Organizing Authority for this event is Sailfish Club of Florida – Storm Trysail Club – Biscayne Bay Yacht Club, with Race Management by Storm Trysail Club, Sailfish Club of Florida, and SORC.
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ABOUT THE EVENT
Proud Partnership with Sailfish Club
Kicking off the Winter Season
In 1957, members of the Florida Station of the Cruising Club of America, led by Dick Bertram, decided to sponsor a race from Miami to Palm Beach and to hold it in early December as racing yachts from the north had arrived by then in preparation for the Southern Ocean Racing Conference held in January and February. Over the years, yachts have raced under numerous rating rules and now sail in four classes: IRC, PHRF, ORC, and ECRCA.
The original course started in Miami was shortened to Ft. Lauderdale in the 1980’s to allow the yachts to finish before dark. In the 1960’s the Sailfish Club of Florida became a co-sponsor of the race and now hosts the well-known awards party following the finish. In 2016 the Club partnered with the Storm Trysail Club and decided to extend the course back to Miami. Sailors are invited to the Sailfish Club upon finishing the race for dockside cocktails and live music. Racers finish the evening with a world-class awards banquet at the Sailfish Club of Florida. (For 2020, advanced reservations are required due to limits in social gatherings).
The offshore event is held first Friday in December
Registration is done via Yacht Scoring before the event and check in begins on Thursday afternoon. A virtual skipper’s meeting will be held at 1830 on Thursday, December 3.
First signal for each course will be at 0900 Friday. Class assignments and starting times will be available online and will be announced at the Skippers Meeting.
Course 1 (“The Classic”). Miami to the Finish Line at Lake Worth Inlet. Course 2 (“The Sprint”) will be Ft. Lauderdale inlet to the Finish Line at Lake Worth inlet.
An Awards dinner at the SailFish Club is capped at 175 people and reservations are required. Spots will be filled on a First-Come, First Served Basis.
For more information and to make dinner reservations, please contact Sarah Gay at (561) 844-0206 or SarahGay@SailfishClub.com