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RACE REPORT For the 40 boats that competed in this first big regatta of the northeast Florida sailing season, it was déjà vu all over again. Bright, clear skies, wind blowing hard from the northeast and boats flying across the course.

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by First Coast Sailing Association, kicked off March 23 with the Youth Sailing Regatta which was moved from the Sunday after, to Sunday before the big boats. Crowds lined up along the bayfront to watch 22 young sailors race around the marks between the Bridge of Lions and Castillo de San Marcos—or the “Old Fort,” which is easier to say. The intent of Race Week is to engage the entire community and families of the visiting sailors in a week-long celebration of sailing which showcases the Ancient City’s extensive waterfront resources. And it all happens because of the incredible service from dozens of hard-working volunteers. This time of year the weather can be feisty. A nor’easter blew through the day before and the inlet looked like the mouth of the Columbia River (in Oregon, a really scary place). So the offshore boats were wisely brought in to the Tolomoto River for the first two days. This meant lots of speed, small waves and dry crews. Everybody wins. As in last year, the first day was a wild one with wind in the mid-twenties and a strong tide running. Boats were frequently overpowered as they darted up and down the course, railmeat crews staring straight up into the blue sky. The top finishers back to defend their titles included Madalin Keeble on Snowgoose, Dan Floryan on Ariel, Brianne Petit-Muller on Veria and Paul Hellings on Girl Dog. What a way to finish: Racing requires an incredible sense of concentration and awareness, you can never let your guard down for a second. On day one, a boat did just that and collided with, of all things, the committee boat. There were some bent stanchions, but both boats survived and carried on. High fives should always wait until AFTER you hear the finish horn. If you like the pics that are with this story they come due to the kind hospitality of Jay and Lisa Miller who hosted the media types onboard their Mikelson 43, Gullwing, running it up and down the line as the sailboats raced, trying to stay out of everybody’s way. It’s always great to have Pusser’s Rum as a sponsor because, well, they bring along so much of their fine product! At the conclusion of day one and two, it was time to party like a sailor at Meehan’s big party tent located back at www.southwindsmagazine.com

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Southwinds May 2019  

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

Southwinds May 2019  

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