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Wirth M. Munroe Yacht Race History

The Wirth M. Munroe Memorial 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.
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 more information, please contact Sarah Gay at (561) 844-0206 or e-mail her HERE.

  • Upcoming Race

    • Two-Course Format Gives Sailors Choice of Fort Lauderdale or Miami Starts on December 6th 

      The Sailfish Club of Florida's 63rd Annual Wirth M. Munroe Ocean Race is set for Friday, December 6, 2019. In 2018, the race added a 40-mile course called The Sprint, from Fort Lauderdale to Palm Beach, which complemented the existing 60-mile Miami-to-Palm Beach track, known as The Classic. Last year, five boats entered The Sprint race and 23 raced on The Classic course.    

      The Sprint will start off Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, while The Classic will start off Government Cut in Miami Beach. Both courses will finish off the Palm Beach Inlet. All crews will be welcome at the Sailfish Club’s legendary Rum Punch reception, buffet dinner and awards ceremony. The Classic Course will be scored as part of the SORC's "Islands in the Stream" series, which includes the Miami-Nassau Race, the Lauderdale-Key West Race, the Miami-Havana Race and the Pineapple Cup from Miami to Montego Bay. The Sprint Course will not be scored as part of the series.   

      For decades the Wirth M. Munroe Ocean Race started in Miami, but it was shortened to a single Fort Lauderdale-Palm Beach course several years ago to encourage participation. Three years ago, as a tribute to the race’s 60th anniversary, organizers returned to the longer course starting in Miami. Interest in both courses prompted organizers to offer the two-course format in 2018.

      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. The SORC and the Sailfish Club of Florida will oversee race management. Please enter the race by signing up online at www.YachtScoring.com.  For more information, please contact Sarah Gay at (561) 844-0206 or e-mail sarahgay@sailfishclub.com

  • Race Results
    • Class awards

      CLASS BOAT OWNER

      PHRF CLASS A

      24 Heures

      Anson Mulder

      PHRF CLASS B

      Paparazzi

      Don Lasky

      IRC

      White Rhino

      Todd Stuart



      PLACE PERPETUAL AWARDS

      AWARD BOAT OWNER

      First Yacht to Finish

      Interlodge

      Austin & Gwen Fragomen

      Navigator Of First Yacht To Finish

      Interlodge

      Austin & Gwen Fragomen

      First Sailfish Club Yacht To Finish

      Interlodge

      Austin & Gwen Fragomen

      First Sailfish Club Yacht On Corrected Time

      Ghost

      Carl Kah

      First PHRF on Corrected Time

      24 Heures

       Anson Mulder

  • Race Press Releases
    • ARGO and BELLA MENTE Break Elapsed Time Records In 62nd Annual Wirth M. Munroe Ocean Race to Palm Beach

      Competitive Fleet Enjoys Ideal Conditions On New Two-Course Format
      PALM BEACH, FL – December 7, 2018 – Elapsed time records fell today in the Sailfish Club of Florida’s 62nd annual Wirth M. Munroe Ocean Race to Palm Beach, as a competitive fleet raced in near-perfect conditions on a new two-course format with starts in Miami and Fort Lauderdale.

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      The Wirth Munroe's "Man of Many Hats" On How This Year's Race is Shaping up as the Final Countdown to December 7th Begins

      Gus Carlson Interviews Sailfish Club Race Committee Chairman, Tom Bowler
      PALM BEACH, Fla. - November 26, 2018 – Tom Bowler makes wearing many hats at once look easy. He is Chair of the Sailfish Club of Florida’s Yachting Committee, Event Chair for the Wirth M. Munroe Ocean Race, a member of the Wirth Munroe Race Committee, liaison with the Storm Trysail Club, Biscayne Bay Yacht Club and the SORC, and an accomplished ocean racer as well, having sailed a number of marquee offshore events in his stunning Morris Ocean Series 46 ESCAPADE II, including Marion-Bermuda and Wirth Munroe races. 

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