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Annual Wrecker’s Cup “Race,” Key West, January, February, March, April
January 27, 2019
This series of races, if you could call them that, is sponsored by the Schooner Wharf Bar on the waterfront in downtown Key West. This Sunday afternoon race commemorates the race to a wreck that signified the old days when Key West’s main business was wreck salvage. Boats race seven miles out to Sand Key from the Key West waterfront and back. The race has five classes: Classic, Schooner, Multihull, Monohull over 30 feet and Monohull under 30 feet. Locals and visitors are invited and welcome. It is known as the “anything-but-serious race.” First boat back wins. No protests allowed. Sailing/boating rules and rules of seamanship always apply. Four races are held over four months. The race is videotaped and the awards ceremony after the race at the bar serves a BBQ dinner while guests watch the race on a big screen TV. Beer drinking is very common.
The first race is the last Sunday in January and then the last Sunday in the month through April. There is a captain’s meeting the day before the race at the bar at 7pm, where “captains and crew contemplate strategy while reviewing course and race rules.” Race awards, booty, music and barbecue are after the race at the bar at 7pm.