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Morgan Invasion Moves to Davis Island Yacht Club, Merging with New Tampa Bay Hospice Cup, May 3-5 Morgan Invasion organizers wanted to expand the popular Morgan Invasion, which has benefitted Suncoast Hospice since the Invasion’s 25th anniversary in 2010. This year will be the 28th Morgan Invasion, held May 3-5.

The Hospice Cup steering committee comprises representatives from the Davis Island Yacht Club, the Morgan Invasion, West Florida Yacht Racing Association and the Bay Area Hospice organizations. Charley Morgan, who is serving on the committee, is enthusiastic about the new format. The Tampa Bay Hospice Cup will appeal to both cruisers and racers. With a strong focus on informal sailing and camaraderie, the event will cater to cruising enthusiasts who just want to come out and be part of the fun. The regatta will also feature open fleets for PHRF, one-designs, and youth sailing. The committee is also planning landside activities for supporters who’d like to be a part of the event but who don’t care to race. Additional details on the 2013 Tampa Bay Hospice Cup will be available soon. In the meantime, if you’d like to volunteer to help, send an email to


Leiter Spring Girls Youth Racing Clinic, New Orleans, LA, April 26-28 A free racing clinic for girls ages 13-18 wanting to improve their sailing skills prior to participation in regional and national events. Coaches Skip Whyte on the C420s and Brett Davis on Lasers. Held at the Southern Yacht Club. As there are a limited number of spots available in the clinic, selection will be based on demonstrated enthusiasm and participation in sailing activities. There is no fee for the clinic, yet participants must provide their own transportation to and from New Orleans, and Laser sailors must bring their own sails and blades. Participants will be transported to and from the airport by club volunteers. Housing will be provided. A damage deposit and reservation deposit are required. For more information, contact Yvonne Pottharst, event co-coordinator, at, or (504) 421-3819


Wrecker’s Cup Race, Key West, March 31, April 28 See Short Tacks section, “Other Events,” for information.

Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week, April 18 Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week is firmly on the radar for racing sailors. Now the largest regatta of its kind in the Western Hemisphere, the event attracts one-design, offshore, and PHRF sailors from around the United States and parts of the world, in boats from 20 to 80 feet long. As of New Year’s Eve, the entry list had surpassed 100 and was continuing to grow toward last year’s record of 258 boats. In addition to three days of fun, competitive racing, this event offers superb Southern hospitality for four nights at the regatta’s beachside venue, the Charleston Harbor Resort 56 April 2013


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