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RACE NEWS Racing News, Instruction, Southern Sailors, and National and International Regattas in the South

NEWS 49th Regata del Sol al Sol from St. Petersburg, FL, to Isla Mujeres, Mexico, April 28, 2017 Entrants are already signing up for this annual race, which has a 50-boat limit. Skippers who entered their vessel in the St. Petersburg-Habana Race, and did not receive a refund of any kind, will receive a $450 discount upon entering the Regata del Sol al Sol. Deadline to obtain this discount is February 28, 2017. Contact Chairperson Elizabeth (Beth) Pennington at, or through the website at, or go to There will be seminars and final registration on April 27, 2017. Many pre-race and after-race activities are set that all are invited to, including crew and any others interested in attending. Anyone interested in joining in the fun on the island, but not necessarily wanting to sail, can fly to Cancun. Then, it is a short taxi ride and ferry ride to Isla Mujeres. In order to keep track of the boats and others coming to the island, people can get their regatta hotel reservations and ground transportation through the website using the reservation information tabs on the right side of the home page. There is a secure website page for online entries, or mail the entry in (address available on the website). You can also check out the Facebook page. Special awards will be given to the top vessels that competed in the St. Petersburg-Habana Race and the Regata del Sol al Sol. More information on these awards will be announced in the future.

whenever boats meet. It also covers the tactical options the rules create. Perry’s North U Rules & Tactics Workbook is included with the course. St. Petersburg Yacht Club. Saturday, March 4. Check-in at 8:30am, seminar 9:00am4:30pm. Register at, or 203-245-0727

UPCOMING NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL REGATTAS IN THE SOUTHEAST 33rd Biennial Pineapple Cup, Miami to Montego Bay, Feb. 3 Established in 1961, the Pineapple Cup is a classic 811-mile “beat, reach and run” ocean race that has been dubbed “the best ocean race in the world” by its devotees, including three-time winner and media mogul Ted Turner. The race is hosted at the start in Miami by Biscayne Bay Yacht Club and at the finish in Montego Bay by the Montego Bay Yacht Club. The course record is 2 days, 10 hours, 24 minutes and 42 seconds set in 2005 by Titan 12, a 75-foot Reichel/Pughdesigned maxi boat. For more information,

RACE INSTRUCTION IN THE SOUTHEAS To list your race instruction courses (free listings for nonprofit groups. A $25 fee to for-profit groups): For US SAILING Courses: Information, prerequisites, and enrollment online available at Advanced Race Management Seminar, La Porte, TX, Feb. 11-12 Houston Yacht Club. Contact Wayne Coulon at Instructors. Wayne Coulon and Jack Yoes US SAILING Advanced Judge Seminar, Southern Yacht Club, New Orleans, LA, Feb. 27-28. Contact Dwight LeBlanc, Jr. at Instructors James Tichenor and John Luppens. North U Rules & Tactics Seminar, St. Petersburg, FL, March 4 Dave Perry holds this seminar which covers the new racing rules so you’ll understand your rights and obligations News & Views for Southern Sailors

SOUTHWINDS February 2017


Southwinds February 2017  

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

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