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September 2018

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

September 21, 2018 - September 23, 2018
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, 2018 - September 29, 2018
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, 2018 - September 30, 2018
sunrise cove marina, 5725 Flat Creek Road
Gainsville, GA 30504 United States
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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, 2018
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, 2018 - October 7, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018 - October 19, 2018
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, 2018 - October 21, 2018
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, 2018 - October 21, 2018
Edison Sailing Center

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, 2018 - November 4, 2018
Clearwater Community Sailing Center
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Surf to Sound SUP Paddle Board Competition

November 2, 2018 - November 4, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018 - December 2, 2018

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, 2018 - December 2, 2018
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, 2018 - December 2, 2018
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Rick White Memorial Steeplechase, Key Largo, FL

December 8, 2018 - December 9, 2018
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, 2018 - December 9, 2018
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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USA Junior Olympics Sailing Festival – Orange Bowl International Youth Regatta, Miami, FL

December 27, 2018 - December 30, 2018
Coral Reef Yacht Club, 2484 S Bayshore Dr
Miami, FL 33133 United States

Coral Reef Yacht Club, US Sailing Center & Shake-A-Leg Miami. Contact Regatta Chair at obregatta@gmail.com.  

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USA Junior Olympic Windsurfing Festival, Miami, FL

December 28, 2018 - December 29, 2018
Biscayne Bay Yacht Club, 2540 S Bayshore Dr
Miami, FL 33133 United States
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Biscayne Bay Yacht Club. Contact Ed Hernandez at ehernandez63@bellsouth.net.

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January 2019

36th Annual Golden Conch Regatta, Platinum Point Yacht Club, Punta Gorda, FL

January 12 - January 13
Platinum Point Yacht Club Punta Gorda, FL + Google Map

This two-day race series is an open sailing event to be conducted outside Burnt Store Marina entrance on Charlotte Harbor. There will be two separate race courses: five races for Spinnaker, Multihull, and Harbor 20 fleets; three races for cruising fleets. Regatta qualifies for Charlotte Harbor Boat of the Year (CHBOTY). Expected are 30-35 boats in five classes offered. Both buoy and windward-leeward races will be conducted. A MANDATORY skippers meeting will be held on Saturday morning along with a…

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Annual Wrecker’s Cup “Race,” Key West, January, February, March, April

January 27
Schooner Wharf Bar, 202 William Street
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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This series of races, if you could call them that, is sponsored by the Schooner Wharf Bar on the waterfront in downtown Key West. This Sunday afternoon race commemorates the race to a wreck that signified the old days when Key West’s main business was wreck salvage. Boats race seven miles out to Sand Key from the Key West waterfront and back. The race has five classes: Classic, Schooner, Multihull, Monohull over 30 feet and Monohull under 30 feet. Locals…

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Pineapple Cup, Miami to Montego Bay, Jamaica

January 27
Biscayne Bay Yacht Club, 2540 S Bayshore Dr
Miami, FL 33133 United States
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Established in 1961, the Pineapple Cup is a classic 811-mile “beat, reach and run” ocean race that has been dubbed “the best ocean race in the world” by its devotees, including three-time winner and media mogul Ted Turner. After the start in Miami, boats sail to the Northwest Providence Channel in the Bahamas and then race down the eastern side of the Bahamas, then east of Cuba through the Windward Passage to Montego Bay.             The race is hosted at…

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February 2019

505 Midwinters, Clearwater, FL

February 1 - February 3
Clearwater Community Sailing Center
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Gasparilla Regatta, Tampa, FL

February 10
Tampa Sailing Squadron, 1250 Apollo Beach Blvd.
Apollo Beach, Florida 33572
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Tampa Sailing Squadron's Gasparilla Regatta is the hot ticket for your February racing fix! On Saturday, Feb. 10, there will be Spinnaker, Non-spinnaker, Racer Cruiser, Cruising and Motherload classes competing on Tampa Bay.             Also, “NEW” is a Doublehand class that races around our long course! Our recent dredging of the main channel has been very popular and this is the only regatta in Tampa Bay where you will be fed a hot breakfast before racing.             Following racing is…

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