Acura SORC coming up

SORC to host final event in Melges Big 3 series

Thursday January 23rd 2003, Author: Shawn McBride, Location: United States
The Melges 24 Class has designated the 2003 Acura SORC as the Miami Melges 24 Championship and the finale of the class’ 'Big 3 Series.

“It’s a busy winter for the Melges 24 class,” said Andy Burdick, vice president, Melges Boats. “The Big 3 Series is followed by the Melges 24 National Championship in Pensecola in mid-March, so you can be sure we’ll have a good showing at the Acura SORC as crews will have a couple of regattas under their belts and be looking to peak for the Nationals.”

The three-event winter series started out in Jacksonville, FL, in mid-November with 36 boats lining up to contest the King’s Day Regatta. Brian Porter sailing Full Throttle won the event following an exciting final day of racing. The second event is the Midwinter Championship in Key West.

Entries for the 2003 Acura SORC, running from 26 February until 2 March, are 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.

To register for the 2003 Acura SORC log on to .

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 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.

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.

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 .

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