1.000 miles on a cat pays $1 million

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The Worrell 1000, the near-legendary 1,000-mile beach catamaran race between South Beach, Fla., and Virginia Beach, Va., has restructured its entry-fee system to offer $1 million in prizes to winning boats for its 2004 event.

The crew of the winning boat will celebrate with $400,000 in cash; the runner up with $200,000; and third place will claim $100,000. (Fourth- through 10th-place finishers will also come away with cash, from $60,000 to $35,000 respectively.)

“I have always wanted a major cash prize for the Worrell 1000,” said Mike Worrell, race director and founder. “It was a natural progression building on the tremendous success of the turnkey format that was introduced this year.”

Entry fees, which range from $8,000 to $12,000 for a fully equipped beach catamaran, will be increased by $20,000 to fund the prize purse.

The fee includes a complete boat charter and sails package; 21 days of hotel accommodation for three (two crew and one support person); complete safety gear, including an EPIRB, VHF radios, signal flares, personal emergency strobes and, of course, charts; plus, the race is offering full insurance coverage, which includes liability and boat and vehicle coverage.

The 2004 race, the 22nd annual Worrell 1000, will start on Sunday, May 9 and finish two weeks later on Saturday, May 22.

For more information on the race, including entry deadline and race rules, visit the race website at www.Worrell1000.com.

By Ocean Navigator