36th Annual Schooner Wharf Bar Wrecker’s Cup Race Series
Re-Enacting the Ancient Wrecking Tradition of Key West...
a Series of Ruthless One-Way Races to the Reef to Claim the Booty!
This all-in-fun race series recalls the tradition of the “wreckers” in
the Key West of the 1800’s. Vessels laden with rich cargoes from Gulf
and Caribbean ports often became victims of storm and the unmarked
reefs off Key West.
The first wrecker to reach the site had the responsibility to save the
passengers and crew --but they also won the right to salvage the
cargoes. Some historians have written that it was not unusual for 20 or
30 boats to race to a wreck.
2021 RACE SERIES SCHEDULE
SUNDAY, January 31, 1:00 PM •
Captains’ Meeting Saturday, January 30,
SUNDAY, February 28, 1:00 PM •
Captains’ Meeting Saturday, February 27,
SUNDAY, March 28, 1:00 PM •
Captains’ Meeting Saturday, March 27, 7:00
SUNDAY, April 25, 1:00 PM •
Captains’ Meeting Saturday, April 24, 7:00
The Race Course is 7 miles from Key West Harbor to Sand Key. Race
starts are: 1:00 PM and 1:05 PM for up to seven different classes.
Wrecks rarely occurred in good weather, but the Schooner Wharf
Wrecker’s Cup Races are conducted SAFETY FIRST. Stand by on #68 if
severe weather is forecast. The Captains’ Meetings are held in the Sail
Loft at Schooner Wharf Bar at 7:00 PM the evening before the race. The
Award Party & Ceremony is held at 7:00 PM on Race Day. Awards in each
race will include Original Trophies, Pusser Rum & Goodies, Schooner
Wharf Bar Tabs and Wrecker’s Race Tee Shirts.
Co-Sponsored by PUSSER’S RUM and presented by SCHOONER WHARF BAR.