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2017 Dates

Skipper's Meeting - November 8th
Race Starts - November 9th
Awards Ceremony - November 11th


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November 16, 2016
And the Winners Are...
A festive crowd gathered at Coral Reef Yacht Club on Wednesday Nov. 9, for the 2016 Nassau Cup Race Skippers Meeting and Competitor’s Party.  In it’s 86th year, the race is hosted by Coral Reef, Storm Trysail Club, Nassau Yacht Club and Lauderdale Yacht Club.  The SORC Race Committee postponed Thursday morning’s start off of Government Cut by one hour, to allow the breeze to build a bit.  While it built enough to start the race, it never really did build to provide for the usual winter sleigh-ride, tropics-style. 

Frank Atkinson’s J-125 Raisin Cane led the fleet around Great Isaac Cay at midnight, with the 12-hour crossing just a touch off of record pace.  Chris and Karen Lewis’ Houston-based J-44 Kenai led the way for the IRC fleet, shortly thereafter.  Those positions held up for the rest of the race, with Raisin Cane leading the fleet into Nassau and winning the PHRF Fleet for a second year in a row, besting Eamonn deLisser and Jim Bill’s Farr 395 Senara for the win. Kenai was the big winner, taking the IRC Fleet and the Nassau Cup, with local boat Achilles Keel in second. 

While the slow race caused less time in Nassau and some tired competitors for Saturday’s match racing, it did not dampen the festivities at the Nassau Yacht Club for the Awards Party on Saturday night.  With that, the first leg of the SORC Islands in the Stream Series is in the books, with race number two fast approaching, with the Wirth M. Munroe Memorial Palm Beach Race scheduled for Friday December 2. Enter while you can as the “Race to the Buffet” returns to its roots with the start in Miami, hosted by the Biscayne Bay Yacht Club, Storm Trysail Club and Sailfish Club of Florida.

October 11, 2016
Ready to Go!
Hopefully, everyone has weathered Hurricane Matthew without any major damage. South Florida, luckily, was spared any real impact, and even though the Bahamas took a fairly direct hit, in their most-resilient style, the Bahamians are “Ready To Go” for the Nassau Cup Race on November 10th. Although, the docks at Nassau Yacht Club suffered some damage, the report is that all of the local marinas are up and running and should be no problem for berthing for this event. If you haven’t already, sign up TODAY!!! (Regular registration deadline is October 15th and late registration closes on November 4th.) We look forward to another great regatta – and remember, it’s always “Better in the Bahamas!”

September 26, 2016
South for the Winter
It is 77-degrees in Nassau this morning. Think about that for a moment, while you wait for the spin cycle to finish washing your cold weather gear from this past weekend’s races. Let that soak in, because winter is just around the corner. It is time to pack up and make plans to fly south for the winter, and the first stop on your schedule needs to be in Miami, at Coral Reef Yacht Club for the Nassau Cup Race on November 10, 2016, hosted by CRYC, Nassau Yacht Club, Storm Trysail Club, and Lauderdale Yacht Club.

First held in 1934, the Nassau Cup takes competitors from Miami, across the Gulf Stream, past Great Isaac, Great Stirrup at the north end of the Berry Islands, and down to the finish at Nassau harbor to the warm welcome of the Nassau Yacht Club. The festivities for the first race of the SORC Islands in the Stream Series kick off with a Skippers Meeting and Race Party at Coral Reef on Wednesday Nov. 9, and wraps up at Nassau Yacht Club with the Awards Party on Saturday Nov. 12.

July 25, 2016
Notice of Race is Now Posted
The 2016 NOR is posted here. Don't miss this year's event. Make your plans now.


Since 1934, some of the best offshore sailors in the world have battled for the prestigious Miami to Nassau Cup, including Ted Turner, Dennis Conner, Dick Bertram, and Ted Hood, aboard legendary boats like Running TideWindward Passage, Tenacious, and Boomerang.  Half a generation after World War II forced a short intermission, the race became part of the fabled Southern Ocean Racing Conference in the 1980s until the series’ dissolution in the 1980s.  Building on the race’s welcome rebirth in 2003, the new SORC, a group of race-veteran race managers, announced its management of the Nassau Cup Race in 2010. 

Starting in South Florida, racers leave Great Isaacs Light to starboard and proceed past Great Stirrup Light, finally finishing at Nassau harbor. The current course record was set in the 2012 race by Ron O'Hanley on the yacht Privateer with an elapsed time of 13 hours, 31 minutes and 30 seconds.  Today’s modern boats just need the right conditions to claim this legendary prize, and racers of all types will enjoy the navigational and crew challenge of the race across the Gulf Stream. 

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