River Lagoon—which typically has a good sea breeze and smooth water conditions—these spring regattas offer something for all sailors. Small boats and one-designs will sail April 13-14. Four or more boats make up a one-design class. One-designs usually sailing are Lasers, Sunfish, 420, Opti, C22, SJ-21, J/24, and A-Class catamarans, as well as Portsmouth and multihull handicap fleets. PHRF racing in Spinnaker, Non-spinnaker and Cruiser classes will be on the weekend of April 20-21. www.sail-race.com.
60th Annual Mug Race, The Rudder Club, Jacksonville, FL, May 4 Billed as the world’s longest river race, The Rudder Club will host the 60th Annual Mug Race on May 4. There are two courses, one at about 36 miles and the other about 38 miles. The south course is for all the boats that can pass under a bridge and the North Course is for boats with taller masts. Generally, about 150 boats sail the south course and about 20 sail the north course. Boats of every size and type race. The race goes from Palatka to Jacksonville along the St. Johns River. Pre-registration and party are on Friday at the Rudder Club. For more information and to register online, go to www.rudderclub.com. East & Central Florida Race Calendar Club Racing (contact club or website for details): Rudder Club of Jacksonville (www.rudderclub.com): Weekend races organized seasonally and biweekly races on St. Johns River. Indian River YC (www.sail-race.com/iryc): Weekend races organized seasonally. The Indian River Yacht Club’s Sunday Winter Sailing Series began Jan. 13. Races are held every two to three weeks. Wednesday evening club races: Spring-Summer series begins on March 13, the first Wednesday after daylight savings time begins. Wednesday Evening races occur weekly. The catamaran section of the club (formerly Space Coast Catamaran Association) has fun sails on the third weekend each month at Kelly Park on Merritt Island. Melbourne YC (www.melbourneyachtclub.com): PHRF Rum Races are on Sunday afternoons, biweekly. The first 2013 race occurred Jan. 6 with small boat Sundays on alternate weekends throughout the year. MYC also sponsors a Dragon Point Racing Series that occurs approximately twice monthly East Coast SA has a regular women’s racing series. Halifax River YC (www.hryc.com). Commodore Cup Races. Halifax SA (www.halifaxsailing.org): Sunfish racing weekly; race series organized seasonally. Lake Monroe SA (www.flalmsa.org): This increasingly active sailing association sails on Lake Monroe, a segment of the St. Johns River. In 2013, they will conduct the Tequila Sunday Racing and Jager Cup Race series. The series will alternate every two weeks, with one race in the series held monthly. March through October, the club holds the Wednesday Night Rum Race series most weeks. The association also sponsors seasonal race series that race on Saturdays once each month. The Winter Series began on Jan. 19. Races 3-4-5 are scheduled for Feb 9. Manatee Cove Marina (Stuart area) sponsors monthly races. www.gopatrickfl.com/marina.html. Lake Eustis SC (www.lakeeustissailingclub.org): Weekend races twice monthly, Sept through May. The Sailing Club in Orlando. (www.thesailingclub.us) Dinghy club race series, second Sundays (3 exceptions) in the afternoon on Lake Baldwin, January through November. APRIL 2-6 First Coast Offshore Challenge. St. Augustine YC News & Views for Southern Sailors
6-7 Mt. Dora Regatta. Mt. Dora YC. 13-14 Lipton Cup Regatta. New Smyrna YC. 13-14 Cowford Cup Regatta. Florida YC 20 Blue Max Race. North Florida Cruising Club. 19-21 Lake Weir Invitational & Harpoon Nationals. Ocala SC 20-21 Spring Big Boat Regatta. Melbourne YC. 27-28 Ocean Race. Port Canaveral YC/Melbourne YC 27 DuPont Cup. Epping Forest YC MAY 4 Mug Race Rudder Club Jacksonville 5 Monkey’s Uncle Race. St. Augustine YC 11 Waves Regatta. Navy Jax YC 18 Armed Forces Day Regatta. Navy Jax YC 18-19 47th Annual Brevard Challenge. Indian River YC 25-26 Kelly Park River Regatta. Indian River YC 25-26 Mayport to St. Augustine Race. North Florida Cruising Club and Race of the Century. St. Augustine YC JUNE 1-2 Titusville Spring Regatta. Titusville Sailing Center 2 St. Johns Regatta. Florida YC
Miami to Key Largo Race, Miami Yacht Club Youth Sailing Foundation, April 20 First held in 1956, this annual race has grown from 33 entrants to as many as over 200. Everyone starts at once, just south of the Rickenbacker Causeway in Miami and proceeds 43 nautical miles through Biscayne National Park to the Jewfish Creek area of Key Largo. The new 65-foot permanent bridge will provide future finishers with easy access to the resorts and parties at the end. Monohulls and multihulls race in various classes. Proceeds go to the Miami Yacht Club Youth Sailing Foundation, a non-profit corporation that supports youth education and safety in sailing. Racers range from teens to sailors in their 90s. For more information, go to www.miamiyachtclub.net.
2013 Hospice by the Sea Regatta, Fort Lauderdale, FL, May 18 More than 50 sailboats from throughout South Florida are expected to race in the 2013 Hospice by the Sea Regatta on Saturday, May 18. Five classes will race on a 12-mile course just off the shores of Fort Lauderdale Beach. For the past 16 years, this highly anticipated sailing event has raised funds to support hospice care for patients and families residing in South Florida. An after race party and awards ceremony, expected to bring in more than 300 guests, will be held at the Coral Ridge Yacht Club. The regatta is hosted by the Lauderdale Yacht Club, Hillsboro Inlet Sailing Club, Coral Ridge Yacht Club and the SOUTHWINDS