Wirth M. Munroe Yacht Race History
The Wirth M. Munroe Memorial Yacht Race is held on the first Friday in December. First sailed in 1957, the race begins the winter ocean racing circuit in South Florida. The course presents challenging conditions as yachts must consider the vagaries of the Gulf Stream and the passing of the season’s first frontal systems.
In 1957, members of the Florida Station of the Cruising Club of America, led by Dick Bertram, decided to sponsor a race from Miami to Palm Beach and to hold it in early December as racing yachts from the north had arrived by then in preparation for the Southern Ocean Racing Conference held in January and February. Over the years, yachts have raced under numerous rating rules and now sail in four classes: IRC, PHRF, ORC, and ECRCA. The original course started in Miami was shortened to Ft. Lauderdale in the 1980's to allow the yachts to finish before dark. In the 1960’s the Sailfish Club of Florida became a co-sponsor of the race and now hosts the well-known awards party following the finish. In 2016 the Club partnered with the Storm Trysail Club and decided to extend the course back to Miami. Sailors are invited to the Sailfish Club upon finishing the race for dockside cocktails and live music. Racers finish the evening with a world-class awards banquet at the Sailfish Club of Florida.
The 62nd Annual Wirth M. Munroe Yacht Race will be held Friday, December 7, 2018.
This year’s race will see the addition of a second course, from Fort Lauderdale to Palm Beach, catering to racer-cruisers, cruisers, and smaller racing yachts. The new course, called the Sprint, will be 40 nautical miles, and will compliment the existing 60 nautical mile Miami to Palm Beach track, known as the Classic.
Click HERE to see the NOR and 2018 Race Details
For more information, please contact Sarah Gay at (561) 844-0206 or e-mail her HERE.