Rags to Riches sailboat Regatta slated for July 3

June 14, 2010

Rags to Riches Regatta launches from Grayton Beach on July 3. Photo courtesy Stacy Hamilton

Long-running Hobie race runs from Grayton Beach to Seagove and back

The 15th Rags to Riches Regatta is set for Saturday, July 3, 2010.  The race brings together Hobie 16 sailing enthusiasts in honor of Independence Day.  Registration begins at 8am followed by a Captain’s meeting at 11 a.m., with the race starting immediately after.   The race will start and finish on the beach behind Red Bar in Grayton Beach, Florida, located just off Scenic Hwy 30-A in Walton County.

The 10-mile course is raced in the Gulf of Mexico, beginning with a Lemans-style beach launch and finishing with a beach landing back at the start point.  Transport of boats to and from the race area will be available at the beach entry point for those without a Walton County Beach Permit.  Entry is for Hobie 16’s with captain and crew.

A $45 entry fee per boat includes t-shirt, koozie, and gift bag for Captain and Crew.  Trophies will be awarded to top three finishes.  T-shirts and koozies will be on sale to the public.

Established in 1981, Rags to Riches Regatta has long been a family-oriented event welcoming Hobie 16 sailors of all skill levels.  For more information visit www.ragstorichesregatta.com or contact Elizabeth Savage, savage3@charter.net.