Casa de Campo Aerial
The Storm Trysail Club and Premiere Racing have announced a new biennial distance race, the Casa de Campo Race. The inaugural running of this event will start Feb. 13, 2009, from Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
The 900-mile race will track east through Northwest Providence Channel, turning southeast at Eleuthera, skirting the Bahamas, by the Turks and Caicos Islands, to the eastern tip on the Dominican Republic where boats will turn the corner for the run to the finish at the Casa De Campo Resort, in La Romana, Dominican Republic.
This race will occupy the slot in the club’s calendar normally reserved for the Pineapple Cup from Fort Lauderdale to Montego Bay, Jamaica. STC commodore John Fisher confirmed the club won’t be running the 811-mile race to Jamaica, which has been run biennially, for the most part, since 1961.
“Storm Trysail has redirected its energy to a new regatta,” said Fisher. “The Pineapple Cup itself is undecided, we can’t prevent anybody from racing to Jamaica or somebody from organizing a race. Our feeling is we are giving the competitors something they’ve been asking for, a little nicer destination and something that possibly more on the way to southern regattas or maybe an easier trek back to the States.”
The support of the Casa De Campo Resort, which has a new 370-slip marina it’s eager to showcase to sailors, also played a role in the decision. According to a Premiere Racing press release, “A unique welcome to each and every boat headlines a long list of dividends for participants. A gala awards party, access to the top ranked golf course in the Caribbean and two days of windward/leeward racing for the Casa de Campo Cup are included in this exciting package.”
This new course won’t have the traditional downwind run through the Windward Passage. But Fisher, who sailed the Pineapple Cup on three occasions, pointed out that often that downwind run didn’t materialize as expected. “Going down more into the trades, we’re running the likelihood that we’ll have breeze more consistently for a longer period down the track, race in and race out.”
Event details and logistics information will be available of Premiere Racing’s web site www.premiere-racing.com in February.