Florida Regional News – October & November 2018 Update

Posted October 30, 2018

Hallelujah! The weather has finally started to cool off. Summer did not want to leave. Add red tide into the mix of hot humid weather and daily thunderstorms.  Summer sailing was not in full force in many parts of Florida’s west coast. Slightly cooler weather makes sailing much more comfortable so it’s time to get out on the water.

Here’s a quick rundown of some of the Sunfish sailing opportunities coming up:

November 3 - Sunfish Saturday happens the first Saturday of every month with races starting at 1 pm. Racing is at Davis Island Yacht Club in Tampa. All levels of racers are welcome. Usually 4-6 short friendly races happen followed by some socializing including snacks and beer and cooling off in the pool. Launching is at the point, just past the club house and pool.

November 3 - Sarasota Yacht Club is hosting their 38th Invitational regatta and expect to see a fleet of Sunfish racers! http://www.regattanetwork.com/clubmgmt/regatta_uploads/17689/2018AdultNORNew.pdf

November 3-4 - Florida Regional Championships hosted by the Melbourne Yacht Club. In the Sunfish world, Florida is big enough with plenty of sailors to be our own “region.” Come sail, especially you east coast racers! Here’s your chance to sail on the east coast, rather than the west coast or panhandle. This regatta is a Sunfish world’s qualifier so all entrants must be current members of the Sunfish Class Association. The NOR is available at https://www.sunfishclass.org/documents/nor_2013/2018_FL_Regionals_NOR.pdf

November 24 - Thanksgiving Regatta at Davis Island Yacht Club (DIYC) in Tampa. This is a one-day regatta for adults with one-design starts. Let’s make sure there are enough Sunfish out there for our own start. http://www.regattanetwork.com/event/17717

December 1 - Sunfish Saturday at DIYC

December 7-8— 17th Annual Sanford Sailfest Regatta hosted by Lake Monroe Sailing Association in Sanford.  Come join the Sunfish fleet at this holiday regatta. The NOR is available at http://www.regattanetwork.com/clubmgmt/regatta_uploads/17506/SanfordSailfest2018NORFinal.pdf

2019 - Put on your calendars NOW

March 28-31 USSCA National Championship at Midwinters (AKA Sunfish Midwinters) in Tampa hosted by DIYC. Information available at https://www.sunfishclass.org/regattas/regatta-details/2126/   or to register https://yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=6033 The winner of this event qualifies to represent the US at the Pan Am Games in Peru in 2019 so expect to see some top notch sailors competing for that honor. There definitely will be an “A” fleet at this event along with the rest of us! Any questions, contact me since I’m the regatta chair. larandall716@gmail.com

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