The 2010 Fort Lauderdale to Key West race is here and is chock full of good competition. 55 boats in competition is proving to be the largest numbers in the past 15 years. Organizers are hopeful that this is a signal that distance racing is on the upswing, and the competitors say it’s word of mouth about great racing that attracts new boats. And the old ones keep coming back, hoping for the trophy this time.

Entries include the Privateer, Bella Mente Vela Veloce, Rambler, and S. Florida with local favorites like the Pineapple Cup winner Thin Ice and PHRF Key West winner Primal Scream.

The big boats fly through the evening and finish for their first tropical rum cocktail by early morning. The bulk of the class will be behind them working their way around the reefs in the dark early hours on their way to Key West. The SORC team will be posting live updates and real time race tracking at www.keywestrace.org throughout the race.

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