View Full Version : Rambler 1st to Finish in Fort Lauderdale to Key West Race

PD Staff
01-12-2012, 11:51 AM

David George's Rambler, the RP 90' version was 1st to cross finish line in Key West finishing at 1/12/2012 6:06:13 PM (GMT) and averaging 7.6 knots over the 160 nm
course. It was their race to lose in the first to finish department as Ralf Steitz skippered Kings Point Academy RP 74' " Wizard" retire shortly after the start with a broken headstay.


Less fortunate was the crew aboard Christian Schaumloffel's Hobie 33 " Mirage" who lost their stick soon after the start in yesterdays tempest.


W.S. Shelhorse's Farr 400 Meridian X with PD regular "Doghouse" onboard shown here soon after the start is currently in 4th to finish, 28nm from Key West.


The cause of the unusual weather which caused uphill conditions, confused seas and
was a rare phenomenon called " A Wake Low", and was described thusly by Trent Aric of Local 10 station:

A line of thunderstorms moved southeast of the lower Keys and the atmospheric pressure to the north of this line of storms fluctuated rapidly and this created strong south winds over the Keys in advance of the cold front moving across the area later Wednesday night. There was damaged reported in Tavernier and wind gusts up to 40 mph in Key Largo around 5 p.m.

“Wake lows” usually form on the back side, or in the wake of, a line of thunderstorms usually north of where the heaviest rain is falling. That is exactly what happened in the Keys.In April 2004 a “wake low” struck Lake Okeechobee with wind gusts up to 70 mph. Several trailerswere damaged in South Bay and in Belle Glade shop windows were blown out.

Buoy readings at Fowley Rock were steady 38 with40 knots from due south yesterday
at 4:00 PM

Official word from the Race Committee: Osita, MJ IV, Mirage, Tristan B and Elvis have retired. Osita and Mirage were back at LYC last night. Tristan B is motoring south for the party after a broken halyard. Elvis is motoring south in Hawk’s Channel with a broken headboard on the main.



Images above courtesy Dr. Ulrich Rohde's Swan 53' Dragonfly Plus, sailing in PHRF A




PD Staff
01-13-2012, 11:10 AM
Final Results Are In (http://www.yachtscoring.com/event_results_detail.cfm?Race_Number=1&eID=539)

Not pretty, only 15 finishers out of 47 starters. Many just short of finish line and wind died and current tried to take them
back to "Fort Liquordale". Lobster traps hooked, a grounding on Sombrero Key.


01-14-2012, 05:55 PM
Still beat up from this race! Good times as always though