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Acura Miami Race Week
is open to PHRF, One Design, IMS and IRC monohull boats, 24-85 feet LOA.

The following one design classes are invited to participate:
Ocean Courses: 1D35, C&C 99, Farr 40, J/105, J/109, J/120, J/29, Mumm 30, Swan 45 and Transpac 52
Biscayne Bay Course: Melges 24, Etchells, Class TBD

UPDATE: Smaller PHRF boats with handicaps from approximately 100-140 will have a Biscayne Bay class.

Other One Design classes and groups of boats wishing to race level will be provided a separate class start at the discretion of the Race Chairman based on the number of entries and the event classes that are established.


May 10, 2004 -- For Immediate Release   

Miami Beach Race Week Dates Announced
--- SORC Legacy Continues --- Dual Racing Venue Reestablished

MIAMI, Fla - 60+ years of South Florida racing tradition will resume March 10-13, 2005.

Premiere Racing announced their Miami Beach Race Week dates and a Biscayne Bay component to the 2005 event today. The Miami Beach Marina is the Official Site, hosting the two ocean courses, while the new Shake-A-Leg sailing facility in Coconut Grove will be the host site for racing on the bay.

"The response from racing boat owners, the performance sailing industry, and the greater Miami community has been overwhelmingly positive," reports event organizer Peter Craig. "We took a lot of time to poll interested parties before setting the dates and are confident that March 10-13 is the most favorable timeframe."

One design interest in Miami Beach Race Week is strong. At press time, the following classes are invited: Farr 40, Mumm 30, J/105, Melges 24, J/80 and the International Etchells. The Melges 24s and Etchells will race on the Biscayne Bay course over three days, March 11-13. Numerous other one design classes have expressed interest and will be announced on the event web site as 2005 racing schedules are finalized and classes are accepted.

Handicap racing will be a major component of the 2005 regatta. Renewed PHRF and IMS interest has been expressed by past participants and PHRF organizations. PHRF handicapping and class assignments will follow the highly successful models developed by Premiere Racing as part of its renowned Terra Nova Trading Key West event.

There has been significant progress with boat logistics and planning issues. Premiere Racing representatives recently completed a Miami tour and planning trip. Logistical issues including dockspace, boat storage, mobile marina operations, deep draft slips and crew housing are being addressed with ample, affordable options coming available. The event web site will present a comprehensive menu regarding event logistics later this spring.

Founded in 1941, the SORC enjoyed a rich history and created sailing legends over the years. The founding yacht clubs recently discontinued their management of the SORC event and reached an agreement with Key West event organizer Premiere Racing to produce a new event that will continue the tradition of great racing in this popular South Florida venue.

April 7, 2004 -- For Immediate Release               



        Key West Organizer Takes Over Storied South Florida Regatta



MIAMI, Fla -- The Southern Ocean Racing Conference - a Florida corporation known to racing sailors around the world as "SORC" - has announced that it has reached an agreement with Peter Craig and his Premiere Racing organization, which will step in and produce the Miami event beginning in March 2005. The Marblehead, MA based company has built Terra Nova Trading Key West into the top annual keel boat event in North America and one of the elite race weeks on the international racing calendar.

"SORC has had an remarkable run," said spokesman Bob Meagher. "However, the business of regatta management has changed over the years and it's become too much for the clubs to handle themselves. Premiere Racing is a proven event management company - the best in the business. They are capable of taking this Miami regatta to another level, which is good for racing sailors, the performance sailing industry and our sport. We're very pleased that the legacy of ACURA SORC will live on."

The consortium of five Yacht Clubs was formally established in 1941, founding a series of five point-to-point races that included stops in Nassau, Key West and Havana, Cuba during the first "Southern Circuit". Over the years the SORC has been a condensed history of American ocean racing with the circuit ultimately growing to 6 races spread over 4  weeks. It's popularity would peak in 1973, before changes in offshore racing designs and increasing demands on the leisure time led to waning interest in distance racing. The current popular format of an intense week of windward /  leeward day racing off Miami Beach made its debut in 1990. Acura has been the title sponsor at SORC since 1999.

The Miami Beach Marina
will remain the Official Site for this mixed-class event (One Design / PHRF / IMS). Premiere Racing is in the process of polling boat owners, class organizations and the industry to determine the ideal racing dates going forward. The Thursday to Sunday racing format will continue with the 2005 regatta dates to be announced later this month. Information and details on the Miami regatta will be posted on the Premiere Racing web site:

"I first raced in SORC back in 1982 and was back again to compete this year," said Premiere Racing's Peter Craig.  "This legendary event has played a meaningful role in our sport over the years. Going forward, we're committed to growing this Miami based regatta and delivering high quality to our clients, both on the water and shoreside."

The early response from boat owners and one design classes has been very positive. "I'm excited about this news for  what it provides one design classes," said Mumm 30 owner and Class President Nelson Stephenson. "Announcing two Premiere Racing events should create an excellent Winter schedule for visiting overseas owners as well as the many North American owners who travel south for the winter season. A Premiere Racing event means the highest quality racing and shoreside activities along with their commitment to resolve important logistical issues for trailered boats."

"Key West Race Week presented some serious logistical challenges for the Melges 24 class which Premiere Racing  resolved, enabling us to have a 60-boat fleet every year - I'm confident they can do the same in Miami," said Harry Melges. "Miami Beach is a popular venue and will be great for our class."

"There are some obvious synergies with our Key West event," said Craig. "Premiere Racing will capitalize on these as we turn our immediate attention to 3 critical issues - professional race management, attracting more top level one design and PHRF competitors and resolving all boat and class logistics issues. Two of the very best Principal Race Officers in the business, Dave Brennan and Ken Legler, will ensure the race committee work is up to our Key West Race Week standards."

For more information on ACURA SORC contact:

Bob Meagher
Tel: (954) 462-3695

Fax: (954) 767-0076

Email: sail

ACURA, a division of the American Honda Company, Inc., has been the proud title sponsor of SORC for the previous 5 years.

For more information on Acura visit www.Acura.com.

Southern Ocean Racing Conference participating clubs:

Biscayne Bay Yacht Club
Coral Reef Yacht Club
Lauderdale Yacht Club
Miami Yacht Club
Nassau Yacht Club