RACING NEWS Racing News, Instruction, Southern Sailors, and National and International Regattas in the South For the complete southern racing schedules by region, go to the “Southern Regional Race Calendar” in the back of the magazine
NEWS Red Tide Causes Cancellations of Regattas in Florida’s Southwest Coast The red tide this year has drastically reduced the number of boaters on the water in southwest Florida, with many water-based businesses reporting severe losses from the lack of both local and visiting boaters. The same goes for those businesses serving the beach-going tourist industry. Although we have heard of many regattas that were postponed, canceled, or had a smaller number of entrants, below are three significant ones on Florida’s southwest coast—where the red tide has been the heaviest—that were canceled and deserve mentioning. Two were youth regattas. Younger sailors can be more seriously affected by the red tide toxins in both the water and the air—especially since they are sailing in “wet” boats that are closer to the water, often resulting in many youth swimming in the water. The Sarasota Sailing Squadron was forced to cancel its 72nd Annual Labor Day Regatta—one of the largest and oldest regattas in the state—due to extreme red tide conditions in the area. Generally, about 300 boats will sail in this regatta. Another sailing event canceled because of red tide was the River Romp Junior Olympics Sailing Festival that is hosted by the Edison Sailing Center in North Fort Myers. The youth sailing organization has been teaching sailing to youth for 25 years. The annual River Romp was scheduled for Oct. 20-21. Also canceled was the center’s Learn to Sail series—canceled until water conditions clear. Also canceled due to red tide was the annual MillsMorgan Youth Classic Regatta, run by the Dunedin Youth
Sailing Association in Dunedin, FL. The regatta, one of the oldest youth regattas in the state, was scheduled for Oct. 67 and was postponed until spring, in hopes that the red tide will be gone—and not return in spring either. In early October, reports were coming in that red tide was detected at all of Florida’s beaches. Learn more about this in the Short Tacks section following this section.
RACE INSTRUCTION IN THE SOUTHEAST To list your race instruction courses in print (free listings for non-profit groups. A $25 fee to for-profit groups): firstname.lastname@example.org VIEW UPCOMING REGATTAS & EVENTS ON OUR WEBSITE – LIST YOUR REGATTA OR INSTRUCTION COURSE FREE View upcoming regattas and events in our online calendar. You can list your regatta course yourself on our online calendar for free with more information. Go to swindsmag.com, and click on EVENTS. US SAILING Courses: US SAILING has seminars around the country on: Race Officers; Umpires; Judges; and Classifiers. Information, prerequisites, and enrollment online available at www.ussailing.org/competition/rulesofficiating. Check the website, as classes are sometimes created at the last minute—long after our press deadline, and some fill up quickly. Courses in the Southeast Advanced Race Management Seminar Davis Island Yacht Club, Tampa, FL, Nov. 17-18. Contact Judy Hanlon at email@example.com. Instructors Judy Hanlon and Tim Rumptz. One-Day Race Management Seminar Sarasota Sailing Squadron, Sarasota, FL, Nov. 3. Contact Raymond Markham at firstname.lastname@example.org. Instructor Judy Hanlon. Advanced Judge Seminar University Yacht Club, Flowery Branch, GA, Nov. 10-11. Contact Edith Collins at email@example.com. Instructors Means Davis and J D Rosser.
NATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL AND OTHER REGATTAS IN THE SOUTHEAST View upcoming regattas on our Events page at www.swindsmag.com. List your regatta for free. LISTING YOUR RACE SOUTHWINDS lists races in the Southeast eight coastal states for free with date, event and sponsoring organization in the “Racing Calendar” at the end of the magazine. Listed below are upcoming national and international regattas in the Southeast. For other regatta pre-race write-ups with a 16
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