The much anticipated first race of the Schooner Wharf Bar Wrecker’s
Cup Race Series is scheduled for Sunday, January 31 at 1:00 p.m. The
course is 7 miles from Key West Harbor to Sand Key, re-enacting the
ancient wrecking tradition of Key West…a series of ruthless one way
races to the reef to claim the booty.
This all-in-fun race series recalls the tradition of the wreckers in
the Key West of the 1800’s. Vessels laden with rich cargoes from Gulf
and Caribbean ports often became victims of storm and the unmarked
reefs off Key West.
The first wrecker to reach the site
had the responsibility to save the passengers and crew---but they also won
the right to salvage the cargoes. Some historians have written that it was
not unusual for 20 or 30 boats to race to a wreck.
The Captains’ Meetings are held in
the Sail Loft at Schooner Wharf at 7:00 p.m.
the Saturday before each race. Captains
enjoy complimentary Pusser’s Rum punch while
reviewing race procedures.
Awards Ceremony & Party is held at
7:00 p.m. on Sunday, race day. Captains &
crew can see themselves under sail while
viewing film footage taken of the race by
the official race committee boat. The
popular Big Daddy Rich will be playing Rock,
Soul, Blues, Country, Rare 1 Hit Wonders and
AM Gold from the 60s and 70s all with fun
Trophies and prizes are earned by the top 3
vessels in 6 to 7 different classes
--schooner, multi-hull, classic, monohull
29' and under, monohull 30-39 feet, monohull
40 feet and possibly a Hobie Cat class!
At the race start Key West harbor is a
magnificent sight, filled with colorful
sails and spinnakers on vessels ranging from
16 feet to 120 feet.