St. Augustine Race Week 2016
A Race For the Children – A Race For Champions
March 30, 31, April 1, 2, 3
Five Great Days • Multiple Sailing Events
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Cruisers • Racers • Big Boats • Small Boats
Parties • Live Music • Great Food
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Raising Sails for Youth Sailing Scholarships
Racing Formats for Everyone
Performance Round-the-Buoys, an Overnight Distance Race, Cruiser Tactical Challenges, Inshore Racing and Junior Sailors in Optimist and 420 dinghies
A City-Wide Sailing Celebration
Three Days of Spectator-friendly races along the City Bayfront with Junior Sailors and Larger boats. Free Entertainment for everyone in the big Event Tent.
Proceeds to Benefit Kids
St. Augustine Race Week raises funds to send underprivileged children to local sailing camps every summer as part of our Youth Sailing Scholarship Fund.
Sponsored by First Coast Sailing Association
First Coast Sailing Association
P.O. Box 4446 Hendricks Ave, #227
Jacksonville FL 32207
President: Tom Davis
A Perfect Event for St. Augustine and You
In 2015 a brand new event came to St. Augustine – a sailing regatta that embraced the entire city – presented by First Coast Sailing Association. The historic seaport city was treated to a festival of music, food, and spectator-friendly racing along with challenging offshore racing for sailors from up and down the Atlantic coast. If you were a part of this inaugural event, then you know what a resounding success it was – the ideal kickoff event for the city’s 450th birthday. If you weren’t there – there’s a place for you in 2016.
Kids – The Best Thing About Our Regatta: We raised $4000 and sent fourteen kids to Sail Camp! That’s what we’re all about – giving less fortunate children a great summer experience and training the next generation of sailors. We’re looking forward to increasing that amount in 2016 and giving even more kids their first experience at the helm of a real sailboat.
Race Week 2016 includes all the features everyone loved plus some new ideas to make it even more spectacular. Once again we’ll have the big Party Tent next to the Municipal Marina with great live bands all free to the public. Everyone will enjoy two nights of great food, live bands and awesome rum drinks. And, like our 2015 event, hundreds of spectators will see the delightful spectacle of youngsters racing right off the bayfront in their Opti’s and 420’s. We will even have a Dragon Boat demonstration on Saturday morning.
Something for Every Boat. We’re reaching out to more sailors in 2016 by dividing up the offshore races into two different series. The Offshore Series is for serious racers who like lots of traditional round-the-buoys, upwind-downwind racing. The new Tactical Challenge Series presents a set of coordinates to be reached by any route sailors choose – and an overnight race starting late Wednesday. Slightly smaller yachts are invited to race in the popular Inshore Series just north of the Vilano Bridge.
First Coast Sailing Association is a 5013c organization
Chairman: Dan Floryan
Vice Chairman: Guy Anderson
Offshore Race Management: Adam Norwood
Inshore Race Management: David Patrick
Youth Regatta Chairman: Jack Feeney
(904) 568-8405 email@example.com
St. Augustine Yacht Club
442 Ocean Vista Avenue
St. Augustine, FL 32080
MULTIPLE RACING FORMATS
Ponce’s Pursuit – It’s fun in the dark as you start Wednesday evening, sail north through the night, cross a prescribed latitude and return to finish the next morning.
Conquistador’s Corner – You’ll be given a prescribed latitude and longitude. Sail out to touch each line at any point and return to the finish.
Menendez’s Meander – Just like Pedro Menendez de Aviles, you’ll sail up and down the coastline to prescribed north latitude, a southern latitude and back to finish.
For Spin and Non-Spin Performance Boats:
Mariners Triangles – No imaginary points to find. It’s traditional round-the-buoys racing action with upwind, downwind, reaching legs and back to the finish line. We’ll do as many races as we can each day depending on time and wind conditions.
For Smaller Yachts:
The inshore series – The course will be set up in the Intracoastal Waterway north of the Vilano Bridge with tight racing between the banks. On the final day we hope to have you race downtown for spectators along the Bayfront.
The Junior Sailing Regatta:
One of the most popular events from 2015 is back! Spectators loved the spectacle of dozens of Opti’s and 420’s racing around the buoys piloted by kids from age 12 to 15. The kids love it too! This is an entirely separate regatta with its own set of trophy winners to be awarded Sunday at the Florida Yacht Club.
Youth Sailing Scholarship Fund
All excess funds generated by SARW sponsorships and entry fees go to support our Youth Sailing Scholarship Program. Each summer we send 12-15 kids to summer sailing camps in the northeast Florida area where they learn the basics of sailing and water safety while also having loads of fun.
Our partners in this program are Epping Forest Yacht Club, Florida Yacht Club, The Rudder Club of Jacksonville and St. Augustine Yacht Club. We look forward to another fun year in 2016.