Key West Race Week 2011… less
expensive and easier logistics? The short answer is yes.
There’s no question that
campaigning one's boat for five days at the southernmost point in
the continental United States requires careful planning and
budgeting. Premiere Racing has taken a number of meaningful
steps this year to make a Key West campaign less expensive and
easier to execute.
Perhaps the biggest, positive
impact on logistical considerations and expenses is the smaller
fleet size – which we won’t take credit for! Two of the most
difficult challenges with a large fleet were finding dockage and
affordable housing. Neither is problematic for Race
Week 2011. The smaller fleet sizes in recent years have changed
this market and more condominiums and houses are available for
shorter times and at lower rates. We are encouraging our
Hotels and Inns to offer special package rates, and they
are beginning to make those available.
Race Week Special 10% discounts
available at these establishments:
The Eden House in Old Town Key West
more info here
more info here
Rose Lane Villas
more info here
Additionally, two campgrounds are
available for those who bring their own motor homes or tents:
Anyone considering a Key West
campaign next January can learn something from the J/80 class.
They proved (19 boats last year) that race week is achievable on
a modest budget with careful planning and some creative
Their story is in the NOR and
on this page (pdf)
While Premiere Racing only has
control over a relatively small percentage of campaign costs, we
have taken steps to make a difference. Included are:
$100 discount for entries
received by October 1
Elimination of "Cat C"
30% discount for Access Cards
purchased in advance
One boat owner access card
included with each entry
No PHRF handicap application
Truman Waterfront Property
(TWP) seawall dockage reduced to $1.75/foot
25% discount on TWP ramp
launch, trailer storage, drysailing, container & support
For over 10 years now temporary
mobile marina operations at TWP have been available to entrants.
Coffin Marine assumed those responsibilities last year and
received very strong endorsements from boat owners while
charging 10% less than their predecessor. Coffin will hold these
prices in 2011 and will also offer special one design packages
for those classes that produce 8 or more boats.
details and contact information on the Marinas Page.
Premiere Racing has been asking
Old Town and Stock Island marinas, vendors, and other
establishments to consider reducing rates for race week. We have
experienced some successes, and will continue with those efforts
in the months ahead. We will post details and updates on our web
site in the months leading up to race week. Some examples of
race week related services that will cost less in 2011 than in
Homestead Transfer will
discount rates for pre-regatta staging and storage between
Key West and the Miami Grand Prix ($100/month for 24’ or
less; $150/month for larger boats)
Currently the least expensive
Old Town Key West marina is the
Historic Seaport Marina
($3.50/ft and $2.50/ft rafting)
Conch Republic Seafood Co.
(Old Town dockage) has reduced their slip fees by 20%
Robbie’s Maritime Center will
offer discounted pre and post regatta staging
Discounted dockage at
Pointe Marina on Stock Island ($2.50/ft and $2.00/ft rafted
– includes ramp launch and haul)
Cooky’s Marine Transport
offering a 25% discount on trip permits and 10% off
transport paid by December 1
Premiere Racing is working to get
the Florida Department of Transportation to ease trailer
restrictions and expenses. Boat transport through the Keys is a
logistical issue for many. We will be working with local
authorities on your behalf and will provide updates as we learn
Information and advisories are posted on our logistics page.
Please check back for ongoing
updates on cost savings and logistics made easier between now
and late fall.