Suncoast Race Week, Tampa Bay, April 4-7 Hosted by the St. Petersburg Yacht Club in cooperation with the Davis Island Yacht Club and Bradenton Yacht Club. A long-standing tradition among regattas on Tampa Bay, this will be the 35th year of this event. There will be three days of racing, beginning with registration and start at Davis Island Yacht Club, then racing to the St. Petersburg Yacht Club, then to the Bradenton Yacht Club. The third day will be a distance race in lower Tampa Bay and finishing at a mutual point facilitating vessels’ return to home ports. The awards will be at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club on April 12. This is a qualifier for both Suncoast Boat of the Year and St. Pete’s Ocean Racing Challenge. Notice of Race and Entry Forms can be found on the SPYC website at www.spyc.org, and the West Coast Florida Yacht Racing Associations website at www.wfyra.org.
Sarasota Bay Cup, Bird Key Yacht Club, Sarasota, FL, April 19-20. Bird Key Yacht Club is hosting the annual premier sailing event of the Sarasota Bay season, the Sarasota Bay Cup. The event is listed as a BOTY contest for the Sarasota Bay Yachting Association and includes five divisions: Spinnaker, Non-Spinnaker, Multihull, Cruising and One-design. The pre-race party and skippers’ meeting begins at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, April 19. The Saturday regatta will be conducted on two courses—random-leg and windward-leeward—located on Sarasota Bay. Course assignments will be announced at Friday’s skippers’ meeting. There will be a special post-race party and trophy presentation for all race participants. For information and the NOR, go to www.birdkeyyc.com
45th Annual Regata del Sol al Sol, St. Petersburg to Mexico, April 26 See the beginning of this race section for more information.
Gulfport Yacht Club Multihull Regatta, Gulfport, FL, April 27-28 Performance multihulls 20-feet and shorter are invited to GYC’s annual regatta staged at the club off beautiful Gulfport Beach. F16s, F18s, A-Cats and Hobies will have separate starts. Any other class with five or more boats may be given a separate start. Others start together, sailing under Portsmouth handicap. www.gulfportyachtclub.com.
Sarasota Youth Sailing Program Sailfest Regatta, Sarasota Sailing Squadron, April 20-21 One-design classes will be spread out over Saturday and News & Views for Southern Sailors
Sunday. One-design fleets usually include Laser 4.7, Laser Radial, Laser Standard, Optimist RWB, Optimist Green, Sunfish, Club 420, and Flying Scot. Any other fleet with five or more competitors is welcome with prior notice. All money raised will go to benefit the Sarasota Youth Sailing Program. For information, go to www.sarasotaysp.com, or contact David Livingston, sailing director at (941) 504-4236 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
4th Annual Race to Fort Myers, Tampa Bay, April 26-27 This regatta is from Tampa Bay to Fort Myers Beach, approximately 100 miles. All PHRF classes are welcome. After race party will be at Bonita Bill’s, Fort Myers Beach. Haul-outs are available for dry-sailed boats. Davis Island Yacht Club is the hosting club. For information, go to www.diyc.org, or contact Jamie Myers at email@example.com, or (813) 601-5023.
4th Annual Bone Island Regatta, West Florida to Key West, May 14-18 This is the 4th Annual Bone Island Regatta and it will have three start locations this year: Tampa Bay (off Marker 70 at 10 a.m.) and Sarasota (off Big Pass at 11 a.m.) on May 15; and Naples (at the pier) on May 16 at noon. The skippers’ meeting for Sarasota and Tampa will be at the Sarasota Yacht Club on May 15, the skippers’ meeting for Naples will be at the Naples Sailing and Yacht Club on May 14. The regatta is open to any single-hulled, self-righting, enclosedcabin sailing boat, and to all offshore multihull yachts that hold a current, valid WFPHRF rating, Entry fee is $150 if received by May 1, and $175 by the final entry deadline of May 10. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org, and to register online, go to www.boneislandregatta.com.
27th Annual Couples Race, St. Petersburg, FL, May 18 Sponsored by the St. Petersburg Sailing Association, this is a double-handed race. The crew must consist of one male and one female sailor. It is open to any single-hulled, multihulled or one-design sailboat. In addition to the usual classes, this race will include a “just for fun” class. After the race will be a party with great food, racing awards and fun awards. NOR and entry form available online at www.spsa.us. West Florida Race Calendar The organizing authority for racing and boat ratings in West Florida is West Florida PHRF at www.westfloridaphrf.org. For regatta schedules and Boat of the Year schedules, go to the West Florida Yacht Racing Association at www.wfyra.org. Club Racing Boca Ciega YC. Gulfport. Every Sunday following the third Friday of each month. Skipper’s meeting at 10 a.m., PHRF racing, spin and non-spin. (727) 423-6002. One-design, dinghy racing every Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. March through October. Jim Masson at (727) 776-8833. www.sailbcyc.org. Bradenton YC. Winter Races: Starting in October until April. Races at 1400 hours each Sunday. Thursday evening races at 1830 SOUTHWINDS