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Conch Republic Cup 2019, Key West, FL, April 27 – May 4 Cultural Exchange Through Sport By Karen Angle Executive Director, Conch Republic Cup

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he winner of the 2019 Conch Republic Cup (CRC) was Florida Keys resident Capt. Mike Austin of Lunasea from the Upper Keys Sailing Club in Key Largo. Fun was had by all during the Cup’s 10th edition of “Key West Cuba Race Week, Cultural Exchange Through Sport.” Over 100 participants were hosted in this year’s

Commodore Escrich in Havana Harbor with the other boats in the nautical parade. Lunasea, a Tartan 30 and winner of the Conch Republic Cup, crossing the finish line at the Torreón de la Chorrera Regatta in Havana Harbor.

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regatta to Cuba. This year also marks the beginning of a new format for the event. It was held at a new time of year (last year, the race was scheduled to be held in January, and winter weather conditions forced cancellation of the race). The race also included the Wreckers Cup Race, as well as a one-way race to Cuba open to racing and participant classes. The time of year change from January to April was welcomed by everyone. Not only was the weather more enjoyable but the regatta begins as the last event in the Conch Republic Independence Celebration, a weeklong event in its 37th year. The Schooner Wharf Bar and Grill, voted the “Best Locals Bar” in Key West, is now the official headquarters for all CRC events. The participants started their week on April 28 by racing in the last race of the 34th Annual Schooner Wharf Bar Wrecker’s Cup Race Series. April marks the last of the series, which is held the last Sunday of each month, January through April. Boats race seven miles out to Sand Key Lighthouse from the Key West waterfront. After the boats return to Key West, the awards party is held later www.southwindsmagazine.com

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A free, printed sailing magazine reporting on sailing in the southeast U.S: Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Missi...