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Wirth M. Munroe Yacht Race History

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.
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.

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  • Upcoming 2019 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

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  • 2018 Race Results
    • CLASS AWARDS - 1st Place Winners

      CLASS BOAT OWNER

      ECRCA

      Osita

      Becky Lyons

      PHRF

      Thin Ice

      Stuart Hebb & John Vincent

      ORC

      Kenai

      Chris Lewis

       IRC

       Fox

       Victor Wild


      PERPETUAL AWARDS - CLASSIC COURSE

      AWARD BOAT OWNER

      First Yacht to Finish

      Argo

      Jason Carroll

      Navigator Of First Yacht To Finish

      Argo

      Artie Means

      First PHRF on Corrected Time

      Thin Ice

      Stuart Hebb & John Vincent

      First Sailfish Club Yacht to Finish (Fastest Elapsed Time)

      Interlodge IV

      Austin Fragomen

      First Sailfish Club Yacht on Corrected Time

      Interlodge IV

      Austin Fragomen

      CCA Yacht with Fastest Corrected Time

      Chessie Racing 

      George Collins 


      AWARDS -  SPRINT COURSE

       AWARD  BOAT  OWNER

       First Yacht to Finish

       Loose Cannon

      John Kearns

       First Yacht on Corrected Time

       Osita

       Becky Lyons

  • Race Press Releases
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      Wirth M. Munroe Ocean Race Fleet
      Grows to 25 Boats

      Four New Melges IC37s Enter December 6th Event; ORC Division Strong

      PALM BEACH, FL – (November 7, 2019) – Twenty-five boats have signed up for the 63rd Wirth M. Munroe Ocean Race on December 6th, a record pace for entries in recent years, the host Sailfish Club of Florida said today.

      Among the newcomers are four Melges IC37s, the new one-design class sponsored by the New York Yacht Club.   The class is hosting its Winter Regatta in Florida this year, beginning with the Fall Cup at Lauderdale Yacht Club the week before the Wirth M. Munroe Ocean Race. 

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      Wirth M. Munroe’s “New Kids” Bring Speed and Sizzle to the Coastal Classic

      Palm Beach, FL – (November 5, 2019) – There are some new kids in town for this year’s Wirth M. Munroe Ocean Race.  They’re fast and a whole lot of fun.  They are Melges IC37s, the hot new one-design class created for the New York Yacht Club in Newport, R.I.  Six of the new boats are spending this winter racing in Fort Lauderdale, and five of them are expected to race in this year’s Wirth Munroe on December 6.

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      Early Entries Strong for 63rd Wirth M. Munroe Ocean Race on December 6th

      Big Boat Showdown Shaping Up; One-Design IC 37s to Compete for First Time

      Palm Beach, FL – (October 17, 2019) – Early entries for the 63rd Wirth M. Munroe Ocean Race are ahead of organizers’ expectations, with an impressive list of offshore race machines, racer-cruisers, and three new IC 37 class boats signed up for the December 6th event, the host Sailfish Club of Florida said today.

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      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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