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& Marina. Social highlights from 2012 include a presentation on the America’s Cup, with the Cup itself on display, a Mardi Gras-like parade with cheerleaders preceding a Dixieland band, and custom-sculpted trophies from local artist and sailor Fred Moore. For the coming edition (April 18-21), the event’s organizers have continued to ratchet up their game in almost every facet. They’ll be importing top race committee talent to ensure the most fair–and fun–action on the water. They’ve also arranged for a local boatyard–Pierside Boatworks–to offer free storage of boats on trailers from late January until the event begins and have expanded entries to include IRC and High Performance Rule boats, and will accommodate cruisers with a special pursuit format. Proceeds from the regatta help support local sailing non-profits in Charleston and other initiatives that directly promote the sport. For additional information, log on to www.charlestonraceweek.com. You can also follow Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week on Facebook and Twitter.

45th Regata del Sol al Sol Set For April 26; Racers are Already Signing Up for the 2013 Race from St. Petersburg, FL, to Isla Mujeres, Mexico The St. Petersburg Yacht Club’s Regata del Sol al Sol—the race, from St. Petersburg, FL, to Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo, Mexico— will be setting out for Mexico on April 26. There is a 50-boat limit. Entrants are already signing up for the race. There is still a lot of time for boats to get prepared and turn their entry in by April ’07, which is the final entry deadline. (See the section called Fees in Notice of Race. Organizers are hoping to break the record of 43 entries this year.) So far this year, as of press date in early March, there were 27 boats signed up, with a record of four boats owned and skippered by Mexican sailors. Elizabeth (Beth) Pennington, the chairperson, can be contacted through the website at www.regatadelsolalsol.org (click on Chairperson@regatadelsolalsol.org on the home page, or in the Notice of Race). The “Island Activities” committee has lined up some very interesting extracurricular activities, which will include the ever popular Golf Cart Poker Run, miscellaneous parties, and the United States vs. Mexico basketball

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game. Check the website often for updates. Anyone interested in joining in the fun on the island, but not necessarily wanting to sail, can fly to Cancun. Then, it is a short taxi ride and ferry ride, to Isla Mujeres. In order to keep track of the boats and others coming to the island, people can get their regatta hotel reservations and ground transportation through the website using the “special” reservation logos that will soon appear on the website. There will be a special announcement when this occurs. There is a secure website page for online entries, or mail the entry in (address available on the website). The monthly newsletter, available on the website, always has interesting information and one recent posting is an interview with Tom Hails who has sailed the race many times, the first being in 1980. Tom has many interesting comments about the race and Isla Mujeres. It is a good read. The regatta also now has a Facebook page. For more information, go to the website. For information, e-mail chairman@regatadelsolalsol.org.

3rd Annual Atlantic Cup Race from Charleston, SC, to Newport, RI, May 11 The Atlantic Cup, presented by 11th Hour Racing, is a dedicated professional Class 40 race held annually in the United States with a focus on running an environmentally responsible event. The first leg of the race starts Saturday, May 11, in Charleston, SC. From there, boats race a 642-nautical mile off-shore leg double-handed to New York City. After a brief stopover, competitors, still racing double-handed, start the coastal leg of the race, which takes competitors 231 nautical miles, south out of New York to a turning mark off the New Jersey coast before heading north to Newport. Once in Newport, competitors will race a two-day, inshore series with a crew of six (maximum). The combined overall winner will be the Atlantic Cup champion. For more information, go to www.AtlanticCup.org.

n SOUTHERN REGIONAL RACING NOTE ON REGIONAL RACE CALENDARS Regattas & Club Racing—Open to Everyone Wanting to Race For the races listed here, no individual club membership is required, although a regional PHRF rating, or membership in US SAILING or other sailing association is often required. To list an event, e-mail editor@southwindsmagazine.com. Send the information. DO NOT just send a link. Since race schedules and venues change, contact the sponsoring organization to confirm. Contact information for the sailing organizations listed here is listed in the southern yacht club directory at www.southwindsmagazine.com. Club Racing. Many clubs have regular club races year around open to everyone and new crew is generally invited and sought. Contact the club for dates and information. Individual club races are not listed here. We will list your club races only if they happen on a regular schedule. For a list of yacht clubs and sailing organizations in the Southeast, go to www.southwindsmagazine.com. Note: In the below calendars: YC = Yacht Club; SC = Sailing Club; SA = Sailing Association. SOUTHWINDS

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