St. Augustine Race Week is a brand new Spring sailing event combining large-boat ocean racing and spectator-friendly small boat racing along the St. Augustine waterfront. The four-day regatta beginning April 9th 2015 celebrates the first city’s colorful maritime heritage. Sailors from Savannah to Daytona are scheduled to race offshore in yachts from 24 to 50 feet long. The downtown races will feature a fleet of junior sailors in Optimist Prams and 420 dinghies.
In addition to the sailing events, St. Augustine Race Week includes after-race parties for racers and guests along the downtown waterfront and St. Augustine Yacht Club including live music and food vendors. Many of the competitor yachts will be docked at the downtown City Marina and available for casual inspection by the public.
St. Augustine Race Week is a descendant of the former First Coast Offshore Challenge (2005-2014). The new name reflects the expansion of sponsorship to include all eight member clubs of the First Coast Sailing Association and its now-official home base in the Ancient City. Chairman Guy Anderson explains, “It’s a perfect location for this regatta. It has easy access to the ocean, a great fleet of local racers and plenty of docking for visiting yachts, not to mention all the great restaurants and attractions of St. Augustine itself. And we’re especially happy to be part of the city’s auspicious 450th birthday year.”
*UPDATE: The races for Thursday and Friday have been relocated to north of the Vilano Bridge due to traffic. The races can be viewed from the Vilano Bridge causeway from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Offshore racing begins Thursday April 9th and continues with a series of races ending on Saturday, April 11. Small boat racing downtown begins Saturday and ends Sunday the 12th. Big boat sailors wishing to register for the race are invited to contact Adam Norwood at [email protected] or 904-398-7343. Junior sailors who wish to participate in Optis or 420’s should contact Jack Feeney at [email protected] or 904-568-8405.
St. Augustine Race Week is a non-profit entity that donates a major portion of each year’s sponsorships and entry fees to a Youth Sailing Scholarship program that pays for underprivileged youngsters to attend summer sailing camps at one of the several yacht clubs in the north Florida region.
For a schedule of events visit www.sarw2015.com.