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May 2018

2nd RIYC GUM Race, Palatka, Florida USA May 5th, 2018

May 5
Boathouse Marina, Palatka, FL, 329 River Street
Palatka, FL 32177 United States
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$40
Rat Island yacht club boats racing

This is the same date and time as the 65th Annual Mug Race and is offered as an alternative event for those MONOHULL sailboats who are often unable to complete the "Longest River Race" due to lack of wind (unlike 2017's stormy gale). The Rudder Club has moved the start of the Mug Race north of the power lines on the St Johns River to the area east of Crystal Cove so we will not be pirating their starting line…

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June 2018

USA Junior Olympic Sailing Festival — Gulf Coast

June 29 - July 1
Pensacola Yacht Club, 1897 Cypress St.
Pensacola, FL 32502 United States
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Pensacola Yacht Club’s Fleet Captain, Hal Smith, has announced the dates and format for the annual 2018 USA Junior Olympic Sailing Festival... the JO's. Clinics, registration and measurement will be on June 29th. Racing for Lasers, Club 420's and Optimists is scheduled for June 30th and July 1st. The Notice of Race and entry details are available at Pensacola Yacht Club

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July 2018

Optimist Nationals

July 13 - July 22
Pensacola Yacht Club, 1897 Cypress St.
Pensacola, FL 32502 United States
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pensacola yacht club regatta

All qualified Opti sailors, not just sailors from the USA, are invited to come to beautiful North West Florida for great sailing on Pensacola Bay in the four-day Optimist National Championship, the one-day Optimist Girls National Championship, and the three-day Optimist Team Race National Championship. Check out PYC’s event site usoda2018optinationals.com and on Facebook at USODA Nationals for updates and details. Registration is now open online at www.usoda.org for the three-event 2018 Optimist Nationals scheduled for July 13-22 at Pensacola Yacht Club (PYC)…

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August 2018

Sarasota Sailing Squadron 72nd Labor Day Regatta

August 31 - September 2
Sarasota Sailing Squadron Sarasota, United States + Google Map

72nd Sarasota Sailing Squadron Labor Day Regatta, Sarasota, FL, Aug. 31-Sept. 2 The Sarasota Sailing Squadron will be hosting its 72nd Labor Day Regatta. With six courses on Sarasota Bay and PHRF racing in the Gulf, this regatta attracts sailors from all over the country. Courses will be set up hosting Opti Red, White, & Blue fleets, Opti Green Fleet, Laser, 420, Sunfish, Melges, SR Max, one-design, multihulls and PHRF fleets. This is a Sarasota Bay Boat of the Year Event. Camping…

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September 2018

28th Annual Juana Good Time Regatta, Navarre Beach, FL

September 7 - September 9
Juana’s Pagodas, 1451 Navarre Beach Causeway
Navarre Beach, FL 32566 United States
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Always held on the first weekend after Labor Day, this regatta is held at, and sponsored by, Juana’s Pagodas—a thatch-roofed, volleyball beach bar on Navarre Sound, just south of the Navarre Beach Bridge on the Florida Panhandle. Racing on Santa Rosa Sound, the regatta is designed for both experienced and novice racers. With the main emphasis being a “Good Time,” this event is open to all sizes of multihull sailboats, from beach cats to tris and cruisers. Usually about 50…

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The 9th Annual St. Petersburg Classic Regatta

September 14 - September 15

More than Just a Regatta, A Benefit for “Meals on Wheels” Organized by the St. Petersburg Yacht Club and co-hosted by the St. Petersburg Sailing Association, this event is designed to showcase older classic boats, which must be at least 20 years old to enter (built before 1998). Boats come from all over to participate in this event which is known more for its fun, camaraderie and generosity than the sailboat race, which is always a spirited event. New this…

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Bradenton Yacht Club Kick Off Regatta

September 21 - September 22
Bradenton Yacht Club, 4307 13th St W
Palmetto, FL 34221 United States
$95.00

The Bradenton Yacht Club presents; The 36th Annual Kickoff Regatta September 21st,22nd, 23rd, 2018 SPINNAKER - NON-SPINNAKER MULTIHULL - CRUISING RACER/CRUISER ONE-DESIGN (One-design on separate course with additional races) This is the first event for the Suncoast Boat of the Year Series and the second event in the Sarasota Bay Boat of the Year Series ENTRY FEE INCLUDES: A T-Shirt, Free Beer all days (while it lasts), Pool Party Saturday at New BYC Poolside Bar, Continental Breakfast Sat. & Sun.,…

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50/50 ‘Round the Island Race 2018, Fort Walton Yacht Club, Fort Walton Beach, FL

September 21 - September 23
Fort Walton Yacht Club, 180 Ferry Rd NE
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548 United States
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The Fort Walton Yacht Club will host the annual 50/50 ‘Round the Island Race beginning Sept. 21.  Any multihull sailboat, fourteen feet or more, with a mast height no more than 48 feet is eligible to compete.              Festivities will begin at 4:00 pm at the club on Friday evening with Check-In and racing begins after a continental breakfast Saturday morning. After the fifty-mile trek through the Gulf of Mexico, competitors will enjoy an evening of barbecue and camping at…

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22nd Annual Leukemia Cup Regatta, Mt. Pleasant, SC

September 28 - September 29
Mt. Pleasant Mt. Pleasant, SC United States + Google Map

Inshore and offshore races in the Charleston Harbor. The Leukemia Cup is held annually to help raise money for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to fund patient services and vital blood cancer treatment research. www.leukemiacup.org/sc. Organized by Charleston Ocean Racing Association. www.charlestonoceanracing.org

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44th Annual Barefoot Open Regatta, Lake Lanier, GA

September 28 - September 30
sunrise cove marina, 5725 Flat Creek Road
Gainsville, GA 30504 United States
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2018 Barefoot regatta logo

The 44th Annual Barefoot Open (BFO) is an event not to be missed! This is the longest continually running regatta on Lake Lanier. From the Friday night Skipper’s Meeting to the Sunday afternoon awards ceremony, the two full days of racing for all fleets, and the fantastic parties and food. All of this is on top of one of the best venues for lake racing, plus knowledgeable and experienced race committee (PRO = Chris Webster) and judges, and you have…

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34th Annual Dunedin Cup, Dunedin, FL

September 29
Dunedin Boat Club, 666 Marina Plaza,
Dunedin, FL 34698 United States
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Dunedin Boat Club is hosting this first race of the Gulf regions Boat of the Year races. Open to spinnaker, non-spinnakers, racer-cruisers and cruisers. Come for the race and stay for the party! Post race barbecue, live music and awards presentation at the Dunedin Boat Club.      Anyone who is also registered for the race from Clearwater to Pass a Grille held the following weekend can get complimentary dockage at Clearwater Yacht Club from the day before the Dunedin Cup…

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October 2018

Annual Columbus Day Regatta, Biscayne Bay, FL

October 6 - October 7
Coral Reef Yacht Club, 2484 S Bayshore Dr
Miami, FL 33133 United States

63rd Annual Columbus Day Regatta, Biscayne Bay, FL, October 6-7 One of the largest and oldest regattas in the U.S. Last year was supposed to be the 63rd Columbus Day Regatta, but Hurricane Irma forced cancellation. There will be one race each day, with the awards ceremony held on Oct. 13.             Attendance for this regatta is expected to draw over 200 racing and cruising sailboats from around south Florida. The Coral Reef Yacht Club hosts the award ceremonies. Organizers…

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Pusser’s Rum-gatta, Apollo Beach, FL

October 6
Tampa Sailing Squadron, 1250 Apollo Beach Blvd.
Apollo Beach, Florida 33572
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35th Pusser’s Rum-gatta, Apollo Beach, FL, Oct. 6 This annual regatta, sponsored by Pusser’s Rum, is hosted by the Tampa Sailing Squadron in Apollo Beach. Following the racing is the Pusser’s Rum “Par-Ti” featuring music, rum libations and dinner—all sponsored by Pusser’s Rum. 5th Gear Band will be providing the entertainment. On Sunday, a hot breakfast is served to racers 8am to 9am.             Racing classes: Spinnaker, Non-Spinnaker, Racer Cruiser, Cruising, Doublehand and the Mother Lode class. The Mother Lode…

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F18 World Championship, Sarasota, FL

October 12 - October 19
Sarasota Sailing Squadron Sarasota, United States + Google Map

F18 Worlds, Sarasota, FL, Oct. 12-19 The F18 World Championship will be held at the Sarasota Sailing Squadron Oct. 12-19. Racing will be in northern Sarasota Bay and maybe in the Gulf of Mexico, weather depending. As of early August, 72 boats were registered. Registration begins on Oct. 12 and racing begins on Oct. 14, running through Oct. 19. www.2018f18worlds.com, www.sarasotasailingsquadron.com.

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Kona North American Championship, Pensacola, FL

October 19 - October 21
Pensacola Yacht Club, 1897 Cypress St.
Pensacola, FL 32502 United States
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CANCELED: USA Junior Olympics Sailing Festival – River Romp Regatta, N. Fort Myers, FL

October 20 - October 21

For more information on the cancellation, go here   Edison Sailing Center. Laser, Radial, Laser 4.7, Club 420, Optimist.    For all JUNIOR OLYMPIC SAILING FESTIVALS, Go to www.ussailing.org for upcoming festivals.

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November 2018

F16 North Americans, Clearwater, FL

November 1 - November 4
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Surf to Sound SUP Paddle Board Competition

November 2 - November 4
Wrightsville Beach Paddle Club Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina + Google Map

SUP Paddleboard Racing. The Surf to Sound is an entire weekend of fun for the whole family at the Blockade Runner Beach Resort in Wrightsville Beach, NC. The race is organized by the Wrightsville Beach Paddle Club–organizers of the Carolina Cup.

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Annual Sarasota Yacht Club Invitational Regatta

November 3
Sarasota Yacht Club, 1100 John Ringling Blvd
Sarasota, FL 34236
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38th Annual Sarasota Yacht Club Invitational Regatta, Nov. 3 This is one of the largest and oldest regattas on Sarasota Bay. Both One-Design and PHRF Racing. One-Design classes: Flying Scot, VX One, Viper 640, Opti, Laser, 420, Open BIC. PHRF classes: Spinnaker, Non-Spinnaker, Multihull, True Cruising, Pocket Cruiser, Racer Cruiser. Skippers Party on Friday. Entry includes two dinner wristbands for awards dinner with pig roast, plus T-Shirt, drink specials and Sunday coffee and Scones. Co-sponsored by Mount Gay Rum.            …

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Nassau Cup Race Miami to Nassau

November 15
Coral Reef Yacht Club, 2484 S Bayshore Dr
Miami, FL 33133 United States
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85th Nassau Cup Race Miami to Nassau, Nov. 15 Running since 1934, this 176-nautical mile race crosses the Gulf Stream and is known for its share of great racers and dramatic weather. Competitors over the race’s history include race winner Ted Turner on Tenacious to the more recent four-time winner, Jim Bishop, on Gold Digger. Past contenders for the Cup include Dennis Conner, Dick Bertram, Ted Hood and Bobby Symonette. Monohull and multihull boats 30 feet and over are invited.…

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Melges 20 Winter Series, South Florida

November 30 - December 2

Melges 20 Winter Series, South Florida, Nov. 30-Dec. 2, February 8-10, March 15-17 The Melges 20 Winter Series is three events held annually for the large fleet of Melges 20s that campaign in Southern states and the Caribbean each winter. All events are held at the Coconut Grove Sailing Club: Event 1 is the Melges World League (NA) Event No. 5; Event 2 is the Miami Winter Regatta; and event 3 is the Melges Rocks Regatta. After Event 3, Melges…

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December 2018

USA Junior Olympics Sailing Festival, Jensen Beach, FL

December 1 - December 2
US Sailing Center Martin County, 1955 NE Indian River Drive
Jensen Beach, FL 34957 United States
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US Sailing Center Martin County. Radial, Laser 4.7, Open BIC, RS Feva, Club 420, Optimist. Contact Alan Jenkinson at alan@usscmc.org.  

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Wave Nationals, Miami, FL

December 1 - December 2
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Rick White Memorial Steeplechase, Key Largo, FL

December 8 - December 9
Key Largo Key Largo, FL United States + Google Map

35th Rick White Memorial Steeplechase, Key Largo, FL, Dec. 8-9 A 110-mile trek around Key Largo for beach catamarans. The race draws top world-class sailors from around the country and world. This race, originally just called the Steeplechase, was renamed after Rick White, who passed away in January 2017. The event is now managed by the non-profit SSPUSA, organizers of the Florida 300 and Hiram’s Haul. www.SailSeriesPromotions.com

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Rick White Memorial Steeplechase, Key Largo, FL

December 8 - December 9
Key Largo Key Largo, FL United States + Google Map

35th Rick White Memorial Steeplechase, Key Largo, FL, Dec. 8-9 A 110-mile trek around Key Largo for beach catamarans. The race draws top world-class sailors from around the country and world. This race, originally just called the Steeplechase, was renamed after Rick White, who passed away in January 2017. The event is now managed by the non-profit SSPUSA, organizers of the Florida 300 and Hiram’s Haul. 

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