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Round the Island - MUG Race - Hogs Breath - Miami-Key Largo Race

1999 Round the Island Race

The 1999 Round Island Race was held on Saturday September 25th. 1999. The race is a 110 mile sprint around Santa Rosa Island on the Florida Gulf Coast.
The race started at 7:30 am with 51 catamarans and 5 Mph winds from the north east at Ft. Walton Beach Florida.  Larry Franzen on his ARC-22 & Eric Roberts on his RC-30 led the pack of competitors south through the channel at Destin and into the Gulf of Mexico. Upon reaching the Gulf of Mexico and rounding the Whistle Buoy the fleet headed west for Ft. Pickens, 55 miles down the Florida coast.
By mid-morning the wind clocked around to the south east were it remained steady for much of the day, briefly building to 10 MPH around 3:00 pm. At Ft. Pickens, the half way point in the race, the lead boats included three ARC-22's , an RC-30 , and a RC-27.
After passing Ft. Pickens the remainder of the race is a 50 mile run up the Intercoastal Waterway, a challenge of narrow channels, shallow water and three bridges. The first competitors finished around 7:30 pm with a rapidly dying wind and continued well into the early hours of Sunday morning. The 1999 race was a 100 mile challenge of light air that in the end was dominated by three boats, the ARC-22 , RC-30, and RC-27. Overall results for the top five places are tabulated below. We would also like to congratulate Craig Jennings and Jon Kirschhoffer on their ARC-22   for being the first "official" non-spinnaker boat to cross the finish line at 24:23:27.

Finish Skipper Modifications Boat Sail # Finish Time
1 Smyth / Franzen spinnaker ARC-22   2212 19:35:29
2 Roberts / Purcell spinnaker RC-30 3030 19:44:05
3 Kelly / Hodges spinnaker ARC-22 2285 19:56:16
4 Lyman / Haberman spinnaker RC-27 100 20:57:02
5 Banks / Newberry spinnaker ARC-22 2218 21:22:24

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1999 MUG Race

The MUG is a 38 mile distance race from Palatka to Jacksonville Florida on the St. John's River hosted by the Rudder Club of Jacksonville. The 1999 MUG Race was held on Saturday May 1st. with temperatures in the mid 50's and winds in the 20's that took Eric & Bill Roberts to a picture perfect finish on their RC-30. Because of weather conditions the fleet was limited, but that did not stop Roberts from crossing the finish line 40 minutes ahead of their nearest competitor.


Finish Skipper Boat Finish Time
1 Eric Roberts RC-30 12:44:46
2 Clive Mayo Nacra 6.0 13:24:55
3 David Ingram Hobie 20 13:41:25
4 Lou Adiano Hobie 21 13:54:03
5 Don Harper Hobie 20 14:10:02

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1999 Hogs Breath Race

The Hogs Breath is a 2 day, 100 mile sprint from Key Largo to Key West. The first day competitors race approximately 50 miles to Marathon Key. The second day competitors continue on another 50 miles to Key West. Elapsed times are recorded each day and combined to produce a total elapsed race time. After an excellent first time showing in the Miami-Key Largo race the previous weekend, WF Oliver and Bobby Jenette lead the fleet to Key West on their ARC-22.

Finish Skipper Boat Elapsed Time
1 WF Oliver ARC-22 10:28:45
2 Steve Lohmayer Nacra 6.0 10:34:26
3 Peter Cogan Taipan 5.7 10:51:33
4 Clive Mayo Nacra 6.0 11:01:09
5 Hans Barth Tornado 11:01:14

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1999 Miami-Key Largo Race

The Miami-Key Largo is a 42 Mile distance race hosted annually by the Miami Yacht Club. The 1999 race was host to 69 multihulls, of which 50 finished. Forty-Six of the Sixty-Nine entrants were classified as beach cats. The wind was moderate, but not enough to challenge the 10 year old record of 1 hour 45 minutes set by Bill Roberts on his RC-27 in 1989.

Finish Skipper Boat Elapsed Time
1 Roberts RC-30 3:45:36
2 Oliver ARC-22 4:11:00
3 Barth Tornado 4:12:15
4 Phillps Hobie 20 4:17:14
5 Shafer Inter 20 4:28:57

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