Races & Regattas

Tales of Sailboat Races & Regattas

Wingsail Laser World Championships

Development of new wingsail designs continues at Solid Wing Sails here in Punta Gorda, with the latest versions designed to work on Laser sailboats. Inventor Chuck Taylor decided that the 2014 Charlotte Harbor Regatta would be a good event to test … [Read more...]

Speck Tater’s View of the Watertribe 2013 Everglades Challenge

This is my third year going to the start of the Watertribe Everglades Challenge, and I decided this time around to see more than just the start of the race. The past two years, I have witnessed the start from the beach at Fort Desoto Park in Tampa … [Read more...]

WaterTribe Everglades Challenge 2012 Start

Kayak and sailing fleets depart from Fort Desoto Park beach Beach at Daybreak Daybreak at Fort Desoto Park looked rather ominous for adventurous racers setting off on the 2012 WaterTribe Everglades Challenge and concurrent events. Low … [Read more...]

Watertribe Everglades Challenge 2011 Start

Kayak and sailing fleets depart from Fort Desoto Park beach Sunshine Skyway Bridge at Dawn The Everglades Challenge is an annual event in which kayaks, canoes and small sailboats race from Fort Desoto Park at the mouth of Tampa Bay down to Key … [Read more...]

Charlotte Harbor Regatta 2011: Small Sailboat Fleets

Class Races with Flying Scots, Lasers, Sunfish and more! Small Sailboat Fleets I volunteered to help out on the water for the 2011 Charlotte Harbor Regatta, where we had quite a flotilla of signal boats, mark set boats, and safety boats organized … [Read more...]

Charlotte Harbor Regatta 2011: Multihull Fleet Racing

Dawdling through swarms of multihull sailboats in a slow catboat Fleets of multihulls in the race starting area Went out with a friend on his Com-Pac Sun Cat to watch Friday's sailing action in the 2011 Charlotte Harbor regatta, and typical of … [Read more...]

Useppa Catboat Rendezvous Regatta 2010: Sailing on Island Time

Herding catboats and relaxing island style Catboats tacking near the starting line buoy. As owners of a Com-Pac Sun Cat catboat, we wanted to participate in the 2010 Useppa Catboat Rendezvous, a biennial gathering of catboats and owners … [Read more...]

Punta Gorda Sailing Club Holiday Regatta 2010

Sailboats start to appear out of the fog near marker 2 just after 10 am SaturdayDay One Saturday started out very foggy. As Pete and I departed the boat ramp at Ponce Park, I could see the channel markers right by the fishing pier, but not the next … [Read more...]

Sunfish Regional Championship Regatta 2010: Charlotte Harbor Sailing Races

Sunfishers ain't right! Sunfish Regionals fleet starting upwind in the distance Driving over to the Laishley Park boat ramp on Saturday morning, I was hoping the ramp would not be crowded due to a fishing tournament, and maybe I could … [Read more...]

Charlotte Harbor Sailing Regatta 2010: Triumphs & Crashes

Sailing Triumphs and Crashes Albin 322 similar to the Albin 32 we were aboard that day Charlotte Harbor is a great place for sailors! With more than 80 square miles of water, it is large enough to sail in new areas all day, but … [Read more...]