Callisto, Leading Edge and Rockstar winners in Palm Beach Race

5 December 2022

  The annual Wirth Munroe Miami to Palm Beach Race is the second event of the SORC Islands in the Stream Series, and this year featured 21 boats racing in three classes using ORC ratings. The 60-mile course is an annual favorite for teams wanting what is usually a high-speed day race followed by a fabulous dinner and awards held at Palm Beach’s Sailfish Club.

This year’s edition produced a brisk ENE breee of 18 knots and lumpy 2 m seas and all boats finished within the time limit of 1800. Race organizers used the Predominantly Upwind High course model, compressing corrected time race results to within minutes after 5-7 hours of racing.

Callisto, Kate and Jim Murray’s Pac52, won First Overall perpetual and ORC Class A. Leading Edge, Tom Sutton’s J 122, won ORC Class B, and Tom Bowler, skippering his C&C 115 Rockstar, won ORC Class C.

While not part of the SORC Islands in the Stream Series, seven boats also competed concurrently on a 40-mile course from Fort Lauderdale to Palm Beach, also scored in ORC. George Collins’ Tripp 62 Chessie Racing was first to finish and first on corrected time on this course.

Argo, Jason Carroll’s MOD70 trimaran, broke her own elapsed time record, finishing in 2:36:35 for an average speed of more than 24 knots. Argo won the multihull class, the first-to-finish perpetual trophy, and her navigator Brian Thompson won the perpetual trophy for navigator of the first yacht to finish.



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