The third event of the 2022-23 SORC Islands in the Stream had 21 boats for the 2023 Ft. Lauderdale to Key West Race which took the fleet on the 160 nm course from Fort Lauderdale to Key West along southern Florida. A typical weather pattern greeted competitors on January 4 with a southerly breeze in the teens at the start giving the fleet a lumpy and raucous ride to the first mark of the course, the Miami Sea Buoy.
The usual pattern is for the breeze to moderate and ease astern as the boats proceed around the bend of the keys on their way to the finish off of Mallory Square. While the opening miles of the race often bring painful lessons, the rest of the race usually follows up with glorious sailing along the Florida Keys.
John Evans and Trey Sheehan’s TP 52 Hooligan sailed a successful race and were the first monohull to finish at 3:30 am on the morning of January 5th. Hooligan and crew set the pace, claiming 1st in the ORC 1 class and first overall. Doyle Sails experts Brad Boston from Ontario and Alex Clegg from Newport were onboard, as Hooligan and the crew now lead the overall SORC.
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