Southern Bay Sailors in the Ft. Lauderdale to Key West Race

 Robin Team's Teamwork, shown here at the 2012 Quantum Key West Race Week, placed second at the Ft. Lauderdale to Key West Race 2013. Photo by Walter Cooper

Here's a snippet from Lin McCarthy's Southern Bay Racing News You Can Use, which you may find in its entirety on the Hampton YC website:

It IS [a] MIRAGE!  Christian Schaumloffel and his hearty crew, Tom Dwyer, Kevin McKee, and brothers Steve and Dave Taylor, finished 1st  IN CLASS (PHRF B) and 5th OVERALL in the 2013 Fort Lauderdale to Key West Race.  Quite an accomplishment considering the daunting weather – “rain squalls and swirly winds” followed by a storm front at the finish line.  Mirage, Hobie 33,  crossed the finish line 10 seconds before a 30 knot gust and cold rain hit accompanied by a 15 degree drop in air temperature.  In recent years this race has proved challenging for many, but Mirage came through just fine and was the only boat from the southern Chesapeake Bay there among the 25 monohulls racing.  She is now waiting in Jacksonville, FL, to be delivered via highway to New Orleans for the Hobie 33 One Design racing in New Orleans in February.    Robin Team’s J122, Teamwork, from the “beyond” part of our region (Lexington, North Carolina), turned in a great performance, too.  Sailing in PHRF A, Teamwork finished 2nd in Class and 2nd Overall.  Both Mirage and Teamwork went racing and they did it well – CONGRATULATIONS!

Read more Southern Bay Racing News for the week here.   Find full results from the Ft. Lauderdale to KW Race here.