View Full Version : Rambling On Down To Key West

01-14-2015, 09:44 PM

David George's new Rambler 88' ran the 160 nm downhill sleigh ride from Fort Lauderdale to Key West
in 1:05:45:58. Not record setting territory as the RP 81' Carrera finished in 10 hours 24 min 2 sec back in 2005

According to SORC Media the forecast looks better for the following boats to correct out. Such is sailing!


Weather or Not?
A forty-two boat fleet is set, and ready to race the 40th Annual Ft. Lauderdale to Key West Race, hosted by Lauderdale Yacht Club and Storm Trysail Club. The early forecast shows a mixed bag, with light northeasterlies at Wednedsay afternoon’s start giving way to stout northwesterlies on Thursday. As it did last year, the timing of that shift will play a major role in determining which team has the biggest night at Friday night’s Awards Party at Kelly’s Caribbean Bar, Grill and Brewery (beginning at 17:00).

The IRC Class is loaded from top to bottom, with George David’s new Rambler 88 entered in its first race, looking like a threat to grab line honors from last year’s first-to-finish winner, Ron O’Hanley’s Privateer. Last year’s class winner, Steve and Heidi Benjamin’s Spookie is back for more, with a new rig and same old Benji competitiveness. Other contenders lurk in this class, be it Leo van den Thillart’s revised and updated Kernan 47 True, or the current Nassau Cup Champion Rim Shot, Russell Dunn’s Beneteau 36.7.

First time entries could play a role in the PHRF Fleet, with Dave Maraj’s Oyster 575 24-Heures already winning the Lime Cup and Wirth Munroe Palm Beach Race in its first season. Also fresh from production is Jack Hutchings’ Oyster 66 Columbo Breeze, newly arrived in South Florida after spending its first summer on the Great Lakes. Watch for a big move by either of these boats if that shift materializes as expected. Last year’s PHRF Fleet Line Honors and Corrected Time winner Dragon Fly Plus, Dr. Ulrich Rohde’s venerable Swan 53, will also be looking for that shift, as it did last year. If the breeze does not go too far forward, watch for a big finish by another of the race’s newcomers, Great Lakes legend Peerless, the modified Melges 30 that got everyone’s attention when it went south to do the 2012 Harvest Moon Regatta in Texas and took monohull line honors.

Don Balthasar’s Catana 58 catamaran will also be looking for the big westward shift, as well as a repeat performance of last year’s Multihull Class win.

Registration will begin at 16:00 Tuesday, January 13, at the Lauderdale Yacht Club, with Race Chairman Joel Bowie kicking off the Skippers Meeting at 18:30, followed by Cocktails and Dinner scheduled for 19:00. The first scheduled start is at 13:00 on Wednesday, January 14, off of Ft. Lauderdale. Race management is once again provided by the Southern Ocean Racing Conference.

-SORC Media.

"The new all-carbon maxi Rambler 88 was launched the month at New England Boatworks in Rhode Island and her owner, George David, will make the RORC Caribbean 600 and Les Voiles de Saint Barth his first big regattas of 2015.

The new 88-footer, designed by Juan Kouyoumdjian, replaces David’s previous yachts, Rambler 90 and 100, both of which won numerous regattas, including the Caribbean 600 in 2011, the Newport to Bermuda Race in 2012, and and the Block Island Race in 2011 and 2013."

More About Rambler 88' (http://www.yachtingworld.com/blogs/elaine-bunting/new-carbon-maxi-rambler-88-launched-rhode-island-new-juan-k-designed-handicap-weapon-61022)



image John Payne (http://www.johnpaynephoto.com/)

http://www.keywestrace.org/ Tracker (http://kws.kattack.com/GEPlayer/GMPosDisplay.aspx?FeedID=1387)

Big Brass Balls
01-15-2015, 03:09 PM
14.28 knot average is not too shabby for 160 miles!

The Carkeek got them by 9 seconds corrected!