Monday, October 18, 2021

Sami Bud Light Regatta 2011

Nota Bene passing Committee Boat with Sue McMorris at helm. Photo by Lee Henderson

Nota Bene passing Committee Boat with Sue McMorris at helm. Photo by Lee Henderson

This weekend will see the running of the annual Bud Light Regatta off Keewaydin Island. This year it is hoped that local boaters might enjoy viewing the race from out on the water.

Keewaydin Island is located just north of Marco Island. The race committee boat is a trawler named “Kinship” and will be flying an orange flag. The start/finish line runs from the left side of the committee boat to a large orange inflatable buoy. Spectators can anchor about 20 yards past the buoy opposite the direction of the committee boat. Racers will pass between the committee boat and the buoy and head upwind about one mile to to the weather mark (another inflatable buoy). After rounding it on their left (port) side, some will set spinnakers (the large balloon shape sails), and head downwind to the start/finish line. The race may require more than one lap. Non-spinnaker boats may sail to a third mark which would be off to their left as they round the weather buoy. The non-spinnaker race course would resemble an equilateral triangle. Spectators will get an excellent view of action by anchoring about fifty yards upwind of the weather mark.

Start time on Saturday and Sunday will be at 10:00 AM. It is recommended that spectators try to be anchored well before start time (thirty minutes or so) and at all times try to stay out of the paths of the racers. Bring a cooler, snacks and a camera!

The Sailing Association of Marco Island (SAMI) hosts this regatta each year and proceeds go to benefit the Civil Air Patrol, MICKYS (Marco Island City Kids Youth Sailing), and the US Coast Guard Auxiliary. For information about SAMI call Membership Chair Sheri Heard at 389-8773, or Commodore Barbara Fleischer at 642-3437, or visit


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