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RACING hours beginning in April through Daylight Savings Time. PHRF racing on Manatee River. Lower Tampa Bay race second Saturday of each month. Contact John Izmirlian at (941) 587-7758 or Clearwater Community Sailing Center. Regular weekend club races. Davis Island YC. Regular club racing weekly. Dunedin Boat Club. Spring/Fall PHRF racing in the Gulf of Mexico; June-Aug. Bay racing in St. Joseph’s Sound, alternate Wednesday nights. Paul Auman at (727) 688-1631, or Edison Sailing Center. Fort Myers. Sunfish and dinghy racing once a month, year-round Platinum Point Yacht Club. Weekly PHRF racing on Mondays starting at 1 p.m. on Charlotte Harbor. Port Charlotte. Third Saturday of month, year-round. Punta Gorda Sailing Club. Charlotte Harbor. Weekly racing. Sarasota Sailing Squadron. Friday evening races start in April. St. Pete Yacht Club. Friday evenings (except April 3) through Aug. 28. 1630 starts off The Pier. St. Pete Sailing Association. Weekly club racing. Venice Sailing Squadron. Saturdays. First Saturday of each month, PHRF racing. Start at mouth of Venice Inlet. Boat of the Year Races (BOTY) (please check with West Florida Yacht Racing Association at Tampa Bay (also known as Suncoast BOTY: (SUNBOTY) Davis Island: (DIBOTY) Gulf Boat of the Year: (GBOTY) Charlotte Harbor: (CHBOTY) Sarasota Bay: (SBBOTY) Naples/Marco Island: (N/MBOTY) APRIL 4-7 Suncoast Race Week. SPYC/DIYC/BYC (WFBOTY, SPORC, DIBOTY, GULF BOTY). 6-7 Flip-Flop Women’s 2 on 2 Team Race Regatta. St. Pete YC 6-7 Leukemia Cup(CHBOTY). Isles YC. Charlotte Harbor. 11-14 Hospice National Championship. St. Peter YC 13 Windship Regatta. SPSA/USF 13 San T’weenie Race. Caloosahatchee Marching & Chowder Society. 13-14 Bud Light Regatta. Sailing Assoc. Marco Island 20-21 Salty Sisters Allison Jolly Regatta. St. Pete YC 20 Sarasota Bay Cup (SBBOTY). Bird Key YC 26 Regata del Sol al Sol (SPORC). St. Pete YC 27 Sea Scout Regatta. Tampa Sailing Squadron 27-28 Messmer Cup. Naples Sailing & YC MAY 2-3 Tampa-Fort Myers Race. Davis Island YC. 4 River District Regatta. Caloosahatchee Marching & Chowder Society. 4 Shark’s Tooth Regatta. Venice Sailing Squadron & Venice YC 11 Estebel Night Race. Caloosahatchee Marching & Chowder Society 14-18 Bone Island Regatta to Key West. 18-19 J/24 Rodeo. Davis Island YC 18 Couples Race. SPSA 25-26 ISSA Team Racing Nationals. Davis Island YC

Race Reports

Maxine Sansom #1 and Commodores Cup #1, Navy Yacht Club, Pensacola, FL, March 2 By Kim Kaminski

Skipper Paul Gillette (third from the right) and crew of Atlantic Union receive their first-place trophy for the Maxine Sansom Race #1 and the Commodore’s Cup Race #1, held by the Navy Yacht Club of Pensacola. The rough day on the water did batter and bang up the crew, but they were all smiles at the end of the day. Photo courtesy Richard Smith, Navy Yacht Club.

Chilling temperatures and strong north winds greeted the sailors on Pensacola Bay during the first race in the Maxine Sansom Sailing Series—Race #1. It is also the first race of the season for the Navy Yacht Club of Pensacola’s Commodore’s Cup Race Series. The weather conditions—sunny skies, 40 degree temperatures (with the wind chill in the 30s) and 18- to 22-knot winds out of the west-northwest— did not discourage most of the competitive fleet, which consisted of seven Spinnaker boats and five Non-Spinnaker boats, which sailed the two races. Finish times and race placements were determined by seconds for several teams. Paul Gillette and team on Atlantic Union earned first place in Spinnaker class, and Rick Samuels and crew on As you Wish earned first place in Non-Spinnaker. For more photos and results, go to Results: Spinnaker Class: 1, Atlantic Union, Paul Gillette; 2, My Sharona, George Gamble; 3, Reach Around, Jeff Hunt; 4, Sea Breeze, Dan Owczarczak; 5, Hoot, Mark Mager; 6, White Shell, Kim & Julie Connerley; 7, Vespers, Eric Prochaska; Non-Spinnaker Class: 1, As You Wish, Rick Samuels; 2, Sundance, Bob Dean; 3, Sunset Raider, Ron Jordan; 4, At Last, Bear Hanson; 5, Los Milagros, Bob Wilson.

Upcoming Regattas

2013 Gulf Ocean Racing Circuit (GORC), Biloxi, MS, April 5-7 Biloxi Yacht Club will host the 2013 GYA-sanctioned GORC regatta on April 5-7. Classes will include the Offshore

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