Sailing is not always a spectator sport, which is sad because the sport provides some beautiful imagery. To get you closer to the action not seen from the shore, we put our photographers to work on the water last March, St. Augustine Race Week 2017 hosted over fifty boats from 24 to 50 feet in length for four days of thrilling racing action. Big seas and high winds forced the competition from the ocean to the Intracoastal Waterway for days one and two, while day three saw the fleet move offshore in still challenging conditions. Thanks to OCL photographers Tom Kane and Addison Fitzgerald for capturing the of spirit the action.
Helping to inspire the next generation to continue the tradition, Race Week includes a Youth Regatta every year, held just south of St. Augustine’s Castillo de San Marco. Bayfront spectators delighted to fierce competition by kids from age 10 to teenagers racing Optimist Prams and 420 dinghies. At the awards ceremony it was a clean sweep by Florida Yacht Club. First Overall in Opti’s was Bridget Monahan and First Overall in 420’s was the skipper/ crew combination of Will Weinbecker and Wes Meyer.
In addition to sailboats, Race Week included standing and prone paddleboards, kayaks and surf skis that competed Saturday and Sunday in Salt Run adjacent to St. Augustine Yacht Club.
The combination of offshore, inshore, youth and paddling events makes St. Augustine Race Week one of the most complete and diverse regattas in Florida. As always, the proceeds are used to fund a summertime youth sailing scholarship fund for underprivileged youngsters.
First Overall, offshore spinnaker class: PHRFection, owned by Madalin Keeble of St. Augustine Yacht Club.
First Overall, non-spinnaker: Skybird, a Ranger 33 skippered by John Grannis also from SAYC.
First Overall in Cruiser Class: Obsession owned by Norman Church Inshore series:
First Place, Class 1: Gaboon, a tiny Viper 420 skippered by John Faiella of Florida Yacht Club
First Place, Class 2: Gibson Dry Dock, a Cal 29 owned by Guy Van Doren of the Rat Island Yacht Club.