St. Augustine Race Week 2018 to be announced
St. Augustine Race Week 2017
March 23 – 26, 2017
Four Great Days • Multiple Sailing Events
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Cruisers • Racers • Big Boats • Small Boats
Parties • Live Music • Great Food
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Proceeds to support Youth Sailing Scholarships
Racing Formats for Everyone
Performance offshore round-the-buoys
Cruiser Tactical Challenges
Junior Sailors in Optimist and 420 dinghies
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A City-Wide Sailing Celebration
Three Days of Spectator-friendly races along the city’s bayfront and 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 JDM Youth Sailing Scholarship Fund, named in honor of the late John Meehan, a strong supporter of Race Week.
Sponsored by First Coast Sailing Association
P.O. Box 4446 Hendricks Ave, #227
Jacksonville FL 32207
A Perfect Event for St. Augustine and You
Once again the First Coast Sailing Association and its associated yacht clubs are proud to bring to St. Augustine the premiere sailing event of the spring season. It’s a four-day celebration of all types of sailing set in one of America’s oldest seaport cities. In 2017 we’ll continue that great combination of competition and entertainment with spectator-events and entertainment the entire city can enjoy. And, as always, SARW offers challenging offshore racing for sailors arriving from up and down the Atlantic coast.
Kids – The Best Thing About Our Regatta: In the summer of 2016 proceeds from St. Augustine Race Week enabled us to spend $6,000 sending kids to various sail camps around the area! 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 2017 and giving even more kids their first experience at the helm of a real sailboat.
Race Week 2017 includes all the features everyone loves 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. You don’t have to own an ocean-going boat to participate. Slightly smaller yachts and even trailerable boats are invited to race in the popular Inshore Series just north of the Vilano Bridge. 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.
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
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St. Augustine Yacht Club
442 Ocean Vista Avenue
St. Augustine, FL 32080
MULTIPLE RACING FORMATS
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.
JDM Youth Sailing Scholarship Fund
All excess funds generated by SARW sponsorships and entry fees go to support our John Daniel Meehan 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 Smyrna Yacht Club, Florida Yacht Club, The Rudder Club of Jacksonville, Halifax River Yacht Club, Halifax Youth Sailing and St. Augustine Yacht Club. We look forward to another fun year in 2017.