The Sarasota Sailing Squadron prepares for its biggest event of the year, sailors from the US and Canada will embark on Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico for the finest sailing anywhere on Florida’s West Coast. SARASOTA, FLORIDA, - The Sarasota Sailing Squadron (SSS) hosts the 66th Annual Labor Day Regatta September 1st -2nd, 2012. Sailors from all over the country and Canada will attend and compete for awards. The Labor Day Regatta is a headline event for the SSS. “In addition to the fleets that have historically participated, we anticipate a 50% increase in large vessels” Kirk Burnett, Regatta Chair, comments. Burnett goes on to say “Pre-event activities point toward a record turnout. Local and State dignitaries have also been invited. Our hope is they will take us up on our offer to witness (first hand) the vibrant, active sailing community we have that provides a significant, positive influence on so many levels.” The event draws hundreds of visitors into the area each year, contributing thousands of dollars to the local economy. This year, an anticipated 300 competitors will participate in regatta festivities. Planned activities include five separate race courses, live music, barbeque, refreshments and awards ceremony. The regatta attracts sailors from ages 8 to 80 and is open to all WFPHRF boats, Multihulls and One Design Fleets. A large percentage of the participants are junior sailors ages 8-18. Registration includes parking, camping, various meals and t-shirts. Online registration, including the official Notice of Race and detailed information, can be found at www.sarsotasailingsquadron.org or by stopping by the club. The SSS is a non-profit organization originally founded in the 1930’s by young adults who could not afford the higher dues of yacht clubs. It is considered a staple in the City’s history and boasts the tagline “The Best Sailing Club in the World”. The club consists of 800+ volunteer members who serve to achieve the club’s mission. In conjunction with the Sarasota Youth Sailing Program (YSP), the workings of the club encourage the sport of sailing, promote, the science of seamanship and marine ecology, and allow adults and children to compete, locally, regionally, and nationally.
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