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2017 Dates

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


Recent Race News:

Photo courtesy of Robert Dunkley

November 10, 2017
The Rhino Stomps
Michael D’Amelio’s JV 52 Denali beat the fleet into Nassau just after 9:30 Friday morning to win the Coral Harbor Yacht Club Trophy for first to finish in the 2017 Nassau Cup Ocean Race, which started off of South Beach, Miami, FL on Thursday morning.

Todd Stuart’s Swan 56 White Rhino romped and stomped across the line a bit more than four hours later to snuff out any celebratory Denali fires with a two-minute winning margin in the IRC class, adding the White Rhino name to the list of legends on the Nassau Cup in the process. This is White Rhino’s second IRC win in a row in SORC races, having won the class in the 2017 Miami to Havana Race in February. Past Nassau Cup winner Rim Shot, Russell Dunn’s Beneteau 36.7, rounded out the IRC podium in third place.

Senara, Jim Bill, Eamonn deLisser, and Horst Baier’s Miami-based Farr 395 took the top honors in the PHRF class, holding off past race winner Christian Shaumloffel’s Hobie 33 Myrage and Mike Kayusa’s Farr 30 Raven for the class win.

Becky Lyons’ Tartan 40 Osita, representing the Cruiser/ECRCA fleet finished just before midnight to close the race.

This year's regatta went off without a hitch and the weather cooperated to allow for all of the boats to finish in good order. Let your fellow competitors know that this is one of the better ocean races to participate in. We hope to double our numbers next year! Speaking of next year, it isn't official yet, but we are anticipating the dates of November 15, 2018 for our Skippers Meeting with a race start on Thursday, November 16th, so please add this to your sailing calendar for next year.

We would like to encourage you all to continue to participate in our Islands in the Stream series. Next up is the Wirth Munroe Race to Palm Beach on December 1st. Sign up today (if you haven't already.) This is a fun "Race to the Buffet" and with the start in Miami will allow for some good tactics and strategy. If you need further information please go to the official Wirth Munroe Race to Palm Beach website.

Pictures from the Nassau Cup can be found on two sites:
Start and awards pictures
Finish pictures, taken by Robert Dunkley

November 8, 2017
It’s Nassau Time
It is time for the beginning of the winter offshore racing season to begin, and the SORC is ready to kick the Islands in the Stream Series off right with the Nassau Cup Ocean Race, hosted by the Coral Reef Yacht Club, Storm Trysail Club, Nassau Yacht Club and Lauderdale Yacht Club. Now in its 84th year, the race will take competitors from the Thursday morning start off of South Beach, around Great Isaac Cay, past Great Stirrup Cay, and east of the Berry Islands to Nassau, where the Nassau Yacht Club will host competitors for a day of match racing on Saturday, November 11, followed by an evening of festivities and the Awards Presentation.

The events kick off tonight, with the Skippers Meeting and Mt. Gay Rum pour at Coral Reef. The race gets underway Thursday morning, with a forecast calling for classic Miami-Nassau Race conditions; more work at the beginning, more fun late in the race. Follow the action online on the Kattack Tracker, and watch the SORC Facebook page for updates, pictures and video from the start, both linked above.

October 2, 2017
Let’s Play
Winter is fast approaching, hurricanes are heading off into the past, and it is time for some tropical racing.  South Florida is up and running, and Nassau felt little effect from Irma destructive passing.  That makes the Nassau Cup Ocean Race the perfect way to kick off the winter, and the SORC Islands in the Stream Series.  The Southern Ocean Racing Conference welcomes you to Miami on Wednesday, November 8th, for a skippers meeting and pre-race festivities at Coral Reef Yacht Club.  The Nassau Cup, hosted by Coral Reef, Storm Trysail Club, and Nassau Yacht Club, begins on Thursday morning, November 9. 

Start your winter sailing season off of South Beach, with a Gulf Stream crossing to the clear waters of the Bahamas, around Great Isaac and Great Stirrup, down the Berry Islands, finishing in Nassau.  IRC, ORC Club, PHRF, Racer-Cruiser/ARC and Multihull classes are welcome.  Check out Paradise Island (Hog Island to you purists), and the new Baja Mar Resort.  Enjoy match racing in J22s and other post race festivities at the Nassau Yacht Club on Saturday, November 11. 

There are plenty of docks, hotel rooms, restaurants, grocery stores, marine supply stores and boat yards available in South Florida right now.  Nassau is also ready to cater to your every need.  Get in on the action now.  The online entry is still open. Get updates on this and all SORC races on the SORC Sailing Facebook page

Don’t get left out in the cold.

September 23, 2017
Hurricane Irma Update
Florida is a little nicked up right now from Hurricane Irma, but our schedule has not changed, and we are moving forward with this event. Make your plans for November 2017.

August 7, 2017
Notice of Race...Free Bottle of Mount Gay
The Notice of Race is posted and the Online Entry is now open. Get moving, because if you complete your entry before September 15, you will get a free bottle of Mt. Gay Rum when you check in before the Skippers Meeting at Coral Reef Yacht Club on November 8, courtesy of SORC Race Management.

Photo courtesy of Robert Dunkley

July 1, 2017
Now is the time for planning, for the 2017 Nassau Cup Ocean Race, the first race of the 2017-18 SORC Islands in the Stream Series. Start your Winter season out right, with some November SORC action in the warm waters of the Bahamas. The race starts off of South Beach, Miami, hosted by the Coral Reef Yacht Club, Storm Trysail Club, and Nassau Yacht Club, and managed by SORC, on Thursday, November 9, 2017. As always, there will be a Skippers Meeting at Coral Reef on Wednesday night, and post race fun including match racing and other festivities at the Nassau Yacht Club on Saturday, November 11. Remember, you can’t race all Winter if you don’t start in November.

Watch for more Nassau Cup Race info on this page. Find more SORC Islands in the Stream Series news on the main SORC page,, or on the SORC Sailing Facebook Page. Wirth M. Munroe Invitational Palm Beach Race info is available at The Ft. Lauderdale to Key West Race website is, and the Cuba Race site is


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. 

For a list of past winners of the Miami-Nassau Cup Race, click here

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