Ft Walton Beach, Florida, September 27, 2014
The 2014 Round The Island Regatta saw plenty of breeze and moderate carnage.
Friday night's skippers meeting saw a few course changes and a Coor's Light keg sponsored by Mike Kelley's Beach Liquors.
Saturday morning was overcast with a pretty solid NE wind.
Front beam failures seemed to be the trend early in the day (within ten minutes of the start), and a sheared rudder pin dropped the field to three boats by noon. The Nacra Olympic 17 team (Sam Ingham & Casey Gilmore) only flipped a few times to take a pretty decent lead over Randy Smyth's Sizzor coming past Key Sailing. The sail east through the narrows was a beat with slightly dying breeze and a ton of incoming current, but the Nacra 17 and the Sizzor finished before 6:30.
"You can't complain about going downwind for 50 miles. 50 miles downwind. Even if you have to go back upwind after."
--- Sam Ingham, winner of 2014 RTI
Those who couldn't sail due to assorted boat failures spent the day either volunteering, rescuing sailors, telling stories about past years, and helping plan next years regatta.
Congratulations to first time racers Sam Ingham and Casey Gilmore for winning the 33rd Round The Island regatta, and thanks to the sailors that pushed to have the regatta and all of those that helped, especially Mike Kelley, Steve Dowell, Rundell Curtis, and Doug/Gwen Klem.
Ashley Sukalski (FWYC)
Message from the Fleet Captain of Fort Walton Yacht Club, Fort Walton Beach, FL -- Sept. 11, 2014
Due to some scheduling conflicts and lack of promotion, I have decided to postpone RTI to September 26-28. If you are even CONSIDERING sailing, please preregister. I will not be collecting any money until the skippers meeting.
$50 discount off $60 entry fee for registration before September 26, 2014!
Quick rundown of upcoming events (including the two rescheduled events):
Any questions, please email or text.
FWYC Fleet Capt 2014
The first running of the Florida 300 was successful with 12 boats taking the start and nine completing all four legs. There was a good mix of seasoned veterans and new talent combined with two new venues. Competition was close with seconds separating overall leaders Key Sailing from Marspeed going into the final leg.
The 2014 edition of the Slip To Ship Regatta was held this past Memorial weekend at Ocean Springs Yacht Club and was a big success. With over 50 entries in the various classes it was a record attendance for the regatta since the club was completely destroyed by hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Complete detailed results will be available soon, in the meantime enjoy some pictures from the event in this years photo album here.
If you have pictures you are willing to share with the community please create your own albums inside the 2014 Slip To Ship album and upload your pictures. If you haven’t tried this before, there are instructions in the FAQ here. http://www.thebeachcats.com/faq/Photo%20Gallery/how-do-i-upload-photos/