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.


December 6, 2019

The Annual Ocean Race to Palm Beach was very light with some fleets not able to finish.

October 26, 2019

The Organizing Authority for the race consists of The Sailfish Club of Florida in partnership with the Storm Trysail Club and the support of the Biscayne Bay Yacht Club.


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.


Intercollegiate Regatta is held first Friday in December


Registration is done via Yacht Scoring before the event and check in begins on Thursday afternoon.


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.


A skipper's meeting and social will be held at 1830 on Thursday at Biscayne Bay YachtClub and an Awards dinner at the SailFish Club with dinner and dancing.