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RACING NEWS & REGATTAS Racing News, Instruction, Southern Sailors, and National and International Regattas in the South

NEWS 9th Annual St. Petersburg Classic Regatta (formerly Good Old Boat Regatta) Moves Regatta Date to May This regatta, organized by the St. Petersburg Sailing Association (SPSA) and co-hosted by the St. Petersburg Yacht Club (SPYC), has been held in January for the last eight years. It has grown to become one of the biggest regattas in the area—being the biggest in some years. January was often a cold month to be out on the water, and on cold days, fewer people showed up, so the SPSA moved the regatta date to later in the year when the water and air are far warmer. Since locals mainly enter the regatta, which is for classic boats at least 20 years old, a large number of boats is expected. The event is a fundraiser for Meals on Wheels, raising over $17,000 for Meals on Wheels in January, bringing the grand total to $74,700 over the last 8 years. Meals on Wheels was originally started in St. Pete in 1968 and is a proper venue for a benefit for the program which has grown to be a national program. This year, the regatta will be held on May 5. The SPYC will again offer free dockage and be the locale for dock parties and the awards dinner banquet.

The regatta includes Spinnaker, Non-Spinnaker, True Cruising, One-Design and a Fun class. The True Cruising division is always the largest class. Special awards are given for most beautiful boat, oldest boat, oldest skipper and a variety of other categories. The most prestigious award is the Good Neighbor Trophy awarded to the boat that makes the largest donation to Meals on Wheels. For more information, go to the SPSA site at, or the regatta site at

Applications Open for 2018 Summer Sailing Season Lightning Boat Grants to Young Sailors, Dec. 31 Deadline The International Lightning Class Association (ILCA) annually awards Lightnings to promising young sailors for the summer sailing season (2018). The grant covers all regatta entry fees, boat insurance, and some travel money. It includes a nearly new boat, good sails and a mentor. This is a unique opportunity for sailors over the age of 19 to experience Lightning sailing at its best. Applications and proposals are due on December 31. For details:



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LISTING YOUR RACE – SOUTHWINDS lists races with date, event and sponsoring organization in the eight southeastern states in the “Racing Calendar” section at the end of the magazine. Listed below are upcoming national, international and

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Southwinds December 2017  

A free, printed sailing magazine reporting on sailing in the southeast U.S: Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Missi...

Southwinds December 2017  

A free, printed sailing magazine reporting on sailing in the southeast U.S: Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Missi...