Sailboat Regatta to Support Businesses Hurt by Water Quality
Racing Returns to the Waters of Fort Myers Beach with a Weekend of Fun Competition to Benefit Edison Sailing Center.
Sailors in Southwest Florida have a had a rough go of it lately. Much of the summer of 2018 has hosted harmful algal blooms that are making boating uncomfortable at times. However, as the days get shorter and we trend towards fall, improvement is in the air.
In early October, the annual Summerset Regatta will be held for the 53rd time. Summerset is a weekend full of sailboat racing, cruising and shore-side festivities based on Fort Myers Beach, Florida. As the name suggests, this annual regatta will bid farewell to summer–and hopefully the poor water quality conditions that have plagued it.
About the 53rd Annual Summerset Regatta
This popular race weekend is hosted by the Caloosahatchee Marching and Chowder Society (CMCS). The schedule of events will kick-off with a Captain’s Meeting and Crew Party at Bonita Bill’s Waterfront Cafe on Friday, October 5th.
On Saturday, sailors from Charlotte Harbour to Marco Island will converge off the coast of Fort Myers Beach to participate in multiple races and classes. The series of buoy races will be followed by a cocktail party at the Nauti Parrot Dock Bar.
Sunday morning will host a long distance race for competitors and a Cruisers Coastal Fun Race. The festivities will conclude with a banquet and awards presentation that night at Parrot Key Caribbean Grill.
The regatta will be organized from Salty Sam’s Marina where many competitors will keep their boats.
Racing for a Cause
Race organizers Allen Fiske and James Gallagher expressed excitement about bringing much needed activity to these Fort Myers Beach restaurants and marinas. “I think they’ll be excited to see us, based on the summer they’ve had,” said Fiske.
The club also looks forward to the event benefiting another business that was hard hit by water issues this summer; the Edison Sailing Center. This organization teaches young adults and children to sail from their location on the Caloosahatchee River in North Fort Myers.
Owners Ross & Stephanie Webb were forced to cancel some of their sessions in July due to the cyanobacteria bloom. They since resumed activities in early September. “We’re excited to help get them back in the swing of things. We will continue to provide scholarships for youth sailors, as we have done for many years via Summerset,” explained CMCS Commodore Bev Duff.
Profits from the event’s entry fees, sponsorship and raffle ticket sales are allotted to these efforts by the CMCS board. The club has typically rewarded $7,000-8,000 in charitable donations to youth sailing initiatives each of the last several years.
And that’s cause for celebration out on the water this October.
You can learn more about the regatta, or register to participate at www.summersetregatta.com
About Caloosahatchee Marching & Chowder Society:
The Caloosahatchee Marching and Chowder Society (CMCS) was formed in 1970 in Fort Myers Beach, Florida and now boasts a membership of over 250 people throughout Southwest Florida. The purpose of the CMCS is to organize and promote sailing activities with an emphasis on offshore sailing, racing, and cruising.
Through fundraising, the CMCS raises money for youth sailing educational programs in Southwest Florida and was recognized by US Sailing as the 2012 winner of their Outstanding Organizational Support Award.