Series 34th Annual Schooner Wharf Bar Wrecker’s Cup Race Series Race
No protests, no pageantry, just race with us - or against us!
to the delight of local and visiting sailors, the Schooner Wharf Wrecker's
Race was held last Sunday in advance of threatening incoming inclement
weather. The race was held with a shortened course in the window of
relatively pleasant weather before the storm.
was a challenging test of seamanship for the first race in the 34th Annual
Schooner Wharf Wrecker's Cup Race Series. Unusual for January, the race
started with NNE winds which shifted to out of the south with 15 sustained
knots and increasing. There was a strong incoming current with 1-2 foot
seas and swells up to 4 feet. Current and the wind were against racers as
they tacked their way up the course. The fleet definitely earned their
measure of rum!
Join the next regatta on February 24th, the Captains' Meeting will be held
Saturday, February 23rd at 7:00 p.m. in the Schooner Wharf Sail Loft.
The second race of our Schooner Wharf Wrecker's Cup Race was held last
Sunday with a fleet of 33 vessels. Due to the forecast of diminishing
winds the course was shortened to the SW Channel old location of Channel D
Marker. It was a 230 degree 4 mile run from the starting line in 2 to 3
foot seas with a slight chop. Racers enjoyed a balmy tropical day, BBQ,
awards and reviewed video of themselves under sail! Next race is March
31st, for more information call 305-292-3302 or visit SchoonerWharf.com.
The 3rd race of
the 2019 Schooner Wharf Wrecker’s Cup Race Series was held on Sunday,
March 31st. Due to decreasing wind the course was shortened to 4 miles off
Ft. Zachery Taylor. Winds started out of the east at 7 knots with an
outgoing tide and diminished to 5 knots blowing from the east north east
against an incoming tide with calm seas. Racers enjoyed the beautiful
changing blues and greens of our waters, with turtle and flying fish
sightings under clear sunny skies.
Wrecker’s fleet was the visiting 120’ wooden Fredonia fishing schooner,
the Lettie G. Howard, built in 1893 in Essex, Massachusetts. This type of
craft was commonly used by American offshore fishermen, and is believed to
be the last surviving example of its type. She was declared a National
Historic Landmark and is now based at the South Street Seaport Museum in
New York City.
The last race in
the series will be held Sunday, April 28th! For more information call
305-292-3302 or visit
The last race of the 2019
Schooner Wharf Wreckers Cup Race Series took place on Sunday, April 28th
with a determined and skillful fleet racing 7 miles to Sand Key.+- The
winds were 9 to 10 knots out of the ENE with mostly sunny skies and
seafoam to emerald green seas with a light 1 to 2 foot chop.
An exciting addition to the
popular sailor's regatta was the Conch Republic Cup joining the Schooner
Wharf Wrecker's fleet for their first leg of their race to Cuba!
The overall winner of the
34th Annual Schooner Wharf Wrecker's Race series was captured by Hot Shot
captained by Brandon Kelk.