Stagg Yachts together with the Farr 40 and Mumm 30 class associations have decided to cancel the 2005 Rolex Farr One Design Invitational due to the conditions in South Florida following Hurricane Wilma. Originally scheduled for November 3-6 in Miami’s South Beach, the regatta was also set to double as the Mumm 30 North American Championship. That regatta will now take place during Key West Race Week.
“For the past week we have been gathering information from sources in Fort Lauderdale and Miami and have come to this difficult conclusion,” said Stagg Yachts President Geoff Stagg (Annapolis, Md.). “There are too many issues with getting boats launched, not knowing when power and water will be restored, when curfews will be lifted, gas stations open and the residents of the area recovered from the damage incurred to proceed. Our thoughts are with all of the residents of South Florida and our hope is that this regatta will return to Miami in the future.”
Nelson Stephenson, Mumm 30 Class President, also expressed his concern for the people of Miami and Fort Lauderdale in their recovery attempts. Although the Mumm 30 Class enjoys sailing in Miami as much as anywhere in the world, our owners understand that the recovery effort must be primary focus for the marine services industry in South Florida. We are all looking forward to returning to Miami for future events, including Acura Miami Race Week in March, 2006 and our Mumm 30 World Championship, scheduled for November, 2006.”
Jim Richardson, Farr 40 Class President, echoed Stevenson’s comments. “We are pleased that none of our sailors were harmed in Hurricane Wilma. It is time to let the people of South Florida restore services and repair the massive damage sustained in the storm. We look forward to returning to Miami for Race Week next March.”
For more information about Farr 40 class racing, including the 2006 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship to held in September in Newport, R.I., go to www.farr40.org. The Mumm 30 class schedule can be found at www.mumm30.org.
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