The Race That Isn’t a Race
How to Participate and Schedule of Fun
Memorial Day, May 28, 2012
Registration 8:30 – 10:00
- Register your boat – $15 per boat/skipper + $5 for each crew other than the skipper. Each skipper and registered crew receives a free meal ticket.
- At registration, you will guess the amount of time you think it will take you to sail from the rendezvous point at North Lido Beach, around the south of Lido and back to the SSS.
- Buy Extra Lunch Tickets for non-sailors – $8 – for a bountiful buffet of Taco and salad fixings, fresh trimmings, salsa, beans, rice and dessert.
- Buy T-shirts – $10
Skipper’s Meeting 10:30
Launch the Fleet 11:00
- Leave your watch behind. No watches or other devices that tell time are allowed on your boat.
- Launch off the SSS beach, turn left/north to get past the docks and then left/west to go out New Pass and under the bridge. Once under the bridge, keep following the shore of Lido (on your left) and North Lido Beach will be a couple of hundred yards past where the pass empties into the Gulf. You will see some power boats anchored offshore at the meeting point.
- Don’t worry if you don’t know exactly where you’re going. There’s a large fleet of sailboats and we’ll all be going the same place. Just go with the happy sailors and you’ll end up in the right place.
Rendezvous at North Lido Beach 11:30 – 12:00
- As you arrive, get a drink of water and join in the beach games.
- Sometime around 12:00, a horn will sound and that’s your signal that the race has started.
- When the horn sounds, go back to your boat and head left/south towards Big Pass. You’ll sail along the length of Lido beach, through the pass, around Bird Key, under Ringling Bridge and back to the SSS. Again, it’s a large fleet, you won’t get lost.
- At the SSS, you are not considered officially finished until you ring the bell next to the gazebo and check in with the RC team sitting under the gazebo.
After Party 1:00 – 3:00
- Enjoy the fresh food and music
- Tie dye your t-shirt
- Play games
- Tell tall tales about how well you sailed and your adventures
- Awards given for fastest, slowest, youngest, oldest, funniest, closest to the predicted time, and many more silly categories.