Acura SORC 2003

Dates and registration details for next year's racing in Florida

Thursday September 19th 2002, Author: Shawn McBride, Location: United States
The Acura Southern Ocean Racing Conference today announced the dates of next year's competition and registration information, for the 62nd running of North America's premier winter ocean racing regatta.

The Acura SORC will be raced off Miami Beach, FL, on 26 February-2 March, 2003. The regatta once again features racing on ocean courses with all shore side activities headquartered at the Miami Beach Marina.

To register for the 2003 Acura SORC log on to the official website. Through a random draw, all competitors who register by January 15, 2003, have the opportunity to win a free entry into the 2003 event.

First-come, first-serve docking for the Acura SORC is available at the Miami Beach Marina. Call 305-673-6000 for more information. Address additional registration queries to Wendy Hinman, Octagon, Tel (203) 352-5217 or (877)-520-2508, or via email at wendy.hinman@octagon.com .

Entries for the 2003 Acura SORC will be welcomed from boats racing under handicap rules, IMS, and PHRF, as well as one-design classes such as the Farr 40, 1D35, J/105, J/80, Mumm 30, J-24 and Melges 24 classes. The event will provide a one-design class start to five or more boats of the same class. The Acura SORC will also offer a team competition category featuring the cumulative scoring of three boats in separate classes. Teams can be comprised of boats from the same yacht club, geographic region or foreign country.

The SORC was founded in the late 1930s by a ground (a 'conference') of Florida yacht clubs and a Bahamian club. As originally conceived, the SORC was a mix of long-distance overnight races plus local day racing. The series spread out over a six-week season that started in St Petersburg and took in Miami and Fort Lauderdale before finishing in Nassau. Today, the series features multiple day races with an awards presentation each evening.

Today the Acura SORC is currently run by five of the founding clubs the Biscayne Bay Yacht Club, Coral Reef Yacht Club, Lauderdale Yacht Club, Miami Yacht Club and Nassau Yacht Club and is managed by global sports marketing company Octagon.

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