Wirth Munroe Race Results 2017
|First Yacht to Finish||INTERLODGE||Austin & Gwen Fragomen|
|Navigator of First Yacht to Finish||INTERLODGE||Austin & Gwen Fragomen|
|First Sailfish Club Yacht to Finish||INTERLODGE||Austin & Gwen Fragomen|
|First Sailfish Club Yacht on Corrected Time||GHOST||Carl Kah|
|First PHRF on Corrected Time||24 HEURES||Anson Mulder|
|PHRF CLASS A||24 HEURES||Anson Mulder|
|PHRF CLASS B||PAPARAZZI||Don Lasky|
|IRC||WHITE RHINO||Todd Stuart|
61st Annual Wirth M. Munroe By: Tom Bowler – Yachting Committee Chairman
Miami to Palm Beach Yacht Race
The well-deserved reputation of the Sailfish Club’s annual Wirth Munroe Race to deliver great sailing on a competitive ocean course was again on full display for this year’s race on Friday December 1.
Following Thursday evening’s well-attended Skippers Meeting hosted by Biscayne Bay Yacht Club, race morning dawned clear at the starting line off Government Cut in Miami with moderate to fresh North-Northeast winds which largely settled in for the duration of the race.
The fleet of 19 boats in three classes was very competitive and included an exciting range of Grand Prix racers and capable offshore Racer Cruisers. The Sailfish Club was particularly well represented with a record four member boats including Austin and Gwen Fragomen’s Volvo 70, Interlodge; Carl Kah’s Hinckley 51, Ghost; Tom Bowler’s Morris 46, Escapade II; and Tim Givens on Winsome a Jeanneau 44.
Interlodge, Ghost, and Escapade II all earned places on the podium. Interlodge was First to Finish and now holds a new course record. Ghost won 2nd Place in PHRF B and Escapade II won 3rd Place in PHRF B.
The Sailfish Club’s second year of partnership with the Storm Trysail Club proved very successful. Both Club’s welcomed the Biscayne Bay Yacht Club to the Organizing Authority this year and again appreciated their efforts in hosting the Skippers Meeting which was attended this year by BBYC Commodore Wirth Munroe and other members of the Munroe family.
The Sailfish Club was again joined by the Southern Ocean Racing Conference (SORC) in managing the race course and we particularly appreciate their setting and manning the Starting Line in Miami.
We are also pleased to to have run this year’s race as a recognized “Green Regatta” and look forward to our continued work with Sailors for The Sea and their fine work in contributing to increased awareness of the role we all play in eliminating waste going into our oceans and waterways.
Planning is already underway for next year’s 62nd WMR!
Special thank you to the Dr. Paul Gingras, Sally Gingras, Larry Cole, and all members of the yachting committee, (especially those out on the committee boat), the Storm Trysail Club and all SFC members who were kind enough to move their boats to allow competitors to use their slips for the race.
Photos from Double Shot Studios