SSPUSA announces plans for the Florida 300 for 2016.  We are happy to announce the we will extend the race to Daytona Beach this year which means a race around Cape Canaveral to finish at the chosen Fleet 80 site of Perry’s Resort.  Fleet 80 is participating and helping to set up a resounding end to this year’s race.  The race will begin at the Islander resort as in the past two years.  Stops will continue to be Key Biscayne, sales Palm Beach Shoes, capsule Vero Beach and Cocoa Beach.  More information will be forthcoming soon.  See the Florida 300 web site.  Racing will begin on Tuesday May 17th in Islamorada and end in Daytona Beach on Saturday May 21st.  There is expected to be a large social event connected to awards on Sunday May 22nd in time for return drives home.  Early registration with a $150 deposit continues to March 1st, when fees will go up to $450 for those not pre-registered.  All fees required by May 1st.


Steeplechase Overall - 12/13/2015

Start: Overall, store Finishes: Elapsed time

1 Team Adrenaline Riccardi, Todd Burd, Tripp Formule 18 62.4 9:11:30 14:43:49
2 Roberts Catamaran Roberts, Eric Weir, Dave ARC 22 57 8:31:56 14:58:08
3 SolarWind Muma, Laura Ingram, Dave Formule 18 62.4 9:29:39 15:12:54
4 Turtle Mojo Macdonald, Dick Langfeld, Karl Formule 18 62.4 9:30:24 15:14:06
5 Royal Yellow Lohmeyer, Steve Sonnenklar, Jay Nacra 20 59.3 9:16:15 15:38:02
6 Royal Orange Johnson, Curt Smith, Gavin Nacra 6.0 SQ 60.5 10:34:25 17:28:37
7 Costal Watersports AMI Cole, Ralph Cole, Patick G-Cat 6.1 w/spin 62.4 11:14:52 18:01:31
8 Henderson/Peil Henderson, Jocelyn Peil, John Nacra 20 59.3 10:41:45 18:02:13
9 Keilman/Chen Keilman, Jacob Chen, Grace Formule 18 62.4 12:06:10 19:23:44
10 Wildcat Cramer, Weston Herendeen, Mark Formule 18 62.4 12:44:34 20:25:16
11 Cat In The Hat Ferber, Larry Nedurian/Steiger Nacra 20 59.3 15:00:00 1:1:17:42
12 Marspeed Moss, Bret Casey, John Marstrom 20 carbon spi 58 DNF  
12 Waveyhaven Tomeo, Charles Tebo, Dalton Formule 18 62.4 DNF  
12 Team Phillips Phillips, Michael Pierce, Kenny Marstrom 20 carbon spi 58 DNF  

catsailorWith the Key Largo Steeplechase just days away, mind there are a lot of late entries bringing the field up to 13 boats with more last minute entries expected. There is an interesting mix of boats with six Formula 18's, three Nacra 20's, two Marstrom 20's, one G-Cat 6.1 and an ARC 22. A great mixture of boats which should make for a great race.

Unfortunately most of the late entries do not have a SCHRS ratings and need to be measured to be accurately scored. Due to the time constraints and the late registration of so many boats that are not SCHRS rated, we are switching back to the Portsmouth rating system for the Key Largo Steeplechase. We hated making the move but we did not want the ratings system to interfere with the race.

steeple mapThis weekend is the 31st running of the Steeplchase catamaran race. The two day event starts and ends in Islamorada, look Florida and circumnavigates Key Largo and other Florida Keys. The first day starts at the Islander Resort on the ocean side of Islamorada to Angelfish Creek then over to the intercostal/Gulf of Mexico side of the keys continuing to the Upper Keys Sailing Club. The Second day continues to the Channel 5 bridge then back the Islander Resort for the Finish.

The weather forecast this weekend is supposed to be perfect for the race with wind predicted ENE at 10-15 mph Saturday, and SE at 10-15 mph Sunday, 80 degree temperatures and a maximum of 20% chance of rain. This race is regularly attended by teams from the north seeking a break from the cold weather.