St. Augustine Race Week
March 23rd – 30th 2019
Five Great Days • Multiple Sailing Events
Ocean Racing • Bayfront Racing • Youth Regatta
Parties • Live Music
A City-Wide Sailing Celebration
Four Days of Spectator-friendly races along the city’s bayfront and Three Days on the Atlantic Ocean. Free Live Music on Stage for everyone downtown in the Big Party Tent. Our awesome Food and Beverage Vendors will serve up tasty treats to keep the Party going.
Cruisers • Racers • Big Boats • Small Boats
Join us downtown in the Big Party Tent at the St Augustine Municipal Marina for Food, Fun, Drinking, and Live Music. Party like a Sailor!
Racing Formats for Everyone
• Performance Non-Spinnaker (Offshore)
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. In 2018, our generous Sponsors made it possible for us to send nearly 40 underprivileged kids to summer sailing camps free of charge.
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 five-day celebration of all types of sailing set in America’s oldest seaport city. In 2019 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 2018 proceeds from St. Augustine Race Week enabled us to send nearly 40 underprivleged kids to various summer sailing camps around the area free of charge! 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 2019 and giving even more kids their first experience at the helm of a real sailboat. The 2019 SARW Youth Regatta sails in the Matanzas Bay on its own special weekend, March 23rd & 24th.
Race Week 2019 includes all the features everyone loves including the best live local bands, great food, delicious rum drinks and convivial socializing with all your sailing friends – public is invited too – downtown in the Big Party Tent at the St. Augustine Municipal Marina. To get your 2019 shirts, hats, sail bags and other paraphernalia, check the MERCHANDISE page on this website. And, like our 2018 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 Tactical Challenge Series presents a set of coordinates to be reached by any route sailors choose.
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.
SPIN and NON-SPIN
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 2018 is back! Spectators loved the spectacle of dozens of Opti’s and 420’s racing around the buoys piloted by kids from age 8 to 18. 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.
St Augustine Race Week
|Chairman: Dan Floryan
(904) 687-5145 email@example.com
|Vice Chairman: Guy Anderson
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|Offshore Race Management: Adam Norwood
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|Inshore Race Management: David Patrick
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|Youth Regatta Chairman: Jack Feeney
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|St. Augustine Yacht Club|
442 Ocean Vista Avenue St. Augustine, FL 32080
First Coast Sailing Association is a 5013c Organization
Tom Davis, President
4446 Hendricks Ave, #227 Jacksonville FL 32207
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 kids aged 8-18 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. In the summer of 2018 proceeds from St. Augustine Race Week enabled us to send nearly 40 underprivleged kids to various summer sailing camps around the area. All at no charge!
Our partners in this program are St. Augustine Yacht Club, North Florida Cruising Club, Florida Yacht Club, Halifax River Yacht Club, Halifax Youth Sailing, The Rudder Club of Jacksonville, Queens Harbour Yacht Club, and Smyrna Yacht Club. We look forward to another fun year in 2019.
St Augustine Race Week 2017
30-second Recap – Jeremy Garza
The Story of Five Sailors
(An actual conversation overheard at the bar in the St Augustine Yacht Club.)
Dan: Why do seagulls fly over the ocean?
Guy: Because if they flew over the bay, they’d be called bagels!
Adam: I don’t get it. Let’s play cards.
David: We can’t, the Captain is standing on the deck.
Jack: I’m thinking about growing a beard!
Dan: Are you going to grow a naval beard?
Jack: No, I’m going to grow it on my chin.
Overheard on the Orca during the 2018 Offshore Race –
Brody to Capt’ Quint: “You’re going to need a bigger boat!”