We are giving you the opportunity to take part in two fantastic races, starting from America’s “sunshine state” of Florida, in January 2019!

First up, from 16th-19th January is the 160nm Fort Lauderdale to Key West coastal race.

Later in January, from 27th-28th, is the 811nm Pineapple Cup – Miami to Montego Bay Race. This is one of the oldest offshore races in the US, having started in 1961, and 2019 sees the 34th edition of this superb biennial event.

Contact us now to take part in one or both of these races on Round Britain & Ireland Race winner, Pata Negra.


Fort Lauderdale to Key West Race
16th – 19th January 2019
This 160-mile race will start on the 17th of January, off Port Everglades, before taking sailors on a southerly sprint, along the westerly curve of the Florida Keys to the Key West Sea Buoy. They will then make a hard turn onto the final leg up the channel, to the finish, off of Fort Zachary Taylor State Park.
Pineapple Cup – Miami to Montego Bay Race
27th – 28th January 2019
Immediately after the start, racers cross the Gulf Stream for the Northwest Providence Channel. The middle of the race offers a fetch down the eastern side of the Bahamas Island Chain towards the tip of Cuba. The final stretch is a 240 mile downwind sleigh ride from Cuba’s eastern tip, known as the Windward Passage, to the finish at Montego Bay, Jamaica.


Pata Negra is a prototype IRC 46 design by Marc Lombard, built in 2016. Marc Lombard is renowned for designing some great offshore racing yachts, and Pata Negra is a great example of this offshore pedigree, with a proven track record of podium results offshore, including 1st Overall in the Round Britain & Ireland Race 2018, 2nd in Class for the 2017 Fastnet Race and 2nd in class for the RORC 600.

Her twin rudder gives her phenomenal control off the wind, her foredeck layout with inner forestay, forestay and bow sprit gives crews flexibility on sail plan and her carbon rig and asymmetric sail allow her to perform on any race course.

Pata Negra is available for whole boat charter with an owners rep to help you get the most from the boat in this exciting event!