Some teams arrived over the weekend and the rest will be rolling into Islamorada today to setup on the great open beach area of the Islander Resort.
This is the first year for the Florida 300 to score the race using the SCHRS handicap system, we think this is a better choice for mixed fleet distance racing than the Portsmouth system used in the past. Portsmouth has been mainly used in the USA for triangle racing and more importantly has not been updated in recent years. The Portsmouth system was performance based system that could be heavily influenced by "who" was sailing a particular design rather than the performance capabilities of the boat design itself.
The SCHRS provides a systematic way of rating more than 250 catamaran classes and variants. The system is based on 12 measurements combined in a formula which is varied in the light of experience. It is widely used by clubs for mixed catamaran fleet racing, and for larger long distance events.
Reminder to all teams to that time is running out to make your final equipment checks and plans for the race!
This is the last weekend before the race starts on Tuesday. The race committee will be on site late Sunday at the Islander if there are any questions before official start of check-in and inspections on Monday.
Be sure and print out a copy of the Sailing Instructions to use as a check list and schedule.
This year the Florida 300 invites sailors who want a taste of the offshore racing action without a comittment to five days and 300+ miles on the water.
Two single leg races are available. Detailed entry information is available in the Sailing Instructions.
From South Beach Park in Vero Beach, FL to Cocoa Beach, FL.
Challenging but scenic course that rounds Cape Canaveral and finishes with a party on Daytona Beach, FL.
The Hotel list at: Florida 300 Hotel Discounts has been updated.
Of course it isn't required for your team to stay in any of the listed hotels, but the organizers have been in contact with these hotels and rates have been negotiated.
In some cases there are substantial discounts to be had but YOU MUST REGISTER EARLY to get the rates. The hotels have reported very few bookings so far, store so make it a priority to get your rooms booked this week to save money and ensure availablity.