Ladybug Trophy - Puffin



In the heart of St. Augustine, the inaugural Ladybug Event hosted by St. Augustine Sailing proved to be a resounding success, bringing together sailing enthusiasts from all corners. The event was a delightful blend of showcasing new vessels, exhilarating races, insightful workshops, and delectable culinary experiences.


The festivities commenced with an exciting boat show, drawing eager crowds to explore the latest maritime offerings. Among the stars of the show were the sleek Jeanneau 410, the refined 2023 Jeanneau 440, and the elegant 2023 Jeanneau 490. Enthusiasts also had the opportunity to peruse brokerage vessels, including a pristine 2019 Jeanneau 440 and a classic 2007 Jeanneau 42DS, among others. George and Toste, ever the ambassadors of sailing, engaged attendees with discussions on charters, sailing lessons, and club memberships, adding a personal touch to the event.

St Augustine Sailing's - Ladybug - Mini boat Show
Ladybug Mini Boat Show Flags


Ladybug Trophy - Puffin

As anticipation filled the air, captains and crews embarked on the Ladybug Race, a thrilling showcase of skill and camaraderie.  Mark Dixon oversaw the race with Lance as his assistant aboard Wind Dancer which Chuck Points, co-owner of St Augustine Sailing, captained.  Derk ,with Derk Burkin Photography, and his assistant Derek capture the images for the day. 

In the fiercely competitive Daysailers Class 1, Captain Lauren and her adept crew, Debbie & Karen, aboard Puffin clinched first place, closely followed by Captain Kim’s team , Lisa & Joan, on Ponce and Captain J’s crew, Tim & Ryan, on Nina, with mere minutes separating the top contenders.

Meanwhile, in the Cruiser Class 2 category, Captain Tim, Angie, and their seasoned crew, aboard Rock Star claimed victory, while Mon Cheri, helmed by Captain Dale with Kim & Eduardo, secured a commendable second place. The podium was rounded out by Captain Chris’s team with the Barry’s, with notable performances from Captain Nuri with John and Captain Rose Ann Points with her crew from Women On The Water (WOW!) including Iris, Tina, Heather & Sophia.


Puffin emerged as the champion of champions, earning the prestigious Ladybug Trophy for their exceptional performance. Ponce secured second place, with A La Mer sailing gracefully into third.


Amidst the excitement of the races, attendees immersed themselves in a series of enriching workshops and seminars, covering topics ranging from Diesel 101 to mastering the art of writing aboard. The culinary demonstration by Amberle captivated taste buds, offering a savory interlude to the day’s activities.

The event culminated in a sumptuous feast courtesy of Outer Banks Boil of St. Augustine, complemented by the delectable creations of Kristen’s Cupcake Cafe, providing a fitting finale to an unforgettable gathering. Lance Burkin’s craftsmanship shone through in the meticulously crafted trophies, while a lively silent auction added an extra layer of excitement to the proceedings.

The first Inaugural Ladybug Event by St. Augustine Sailing was not just a celebration of sailing; it was a testament to the enduring spirit of adventure, camaraderie, and passion that unites sailors from all walks of life. As the sun set on a day filled with laughter, competition, and shared experiences, it marked the beginning of a tradition set to sail into the hearts of enthusiasts for years to come.


St. Augustine Sailing is thrilled to announce the resounding success of our inaugural Ladybug Event, dedicated to supporting the Women on the Water (WOW!) program. Thanks to the incredible generosity of our community, the event raised an impressive $13,850 for the WOW! program. These funds will play a crucial role in advancing our mission to empower women through education, practical experience, and access to sailing opportunities, enabling them to navigate the waters with confidence. With your invaluable support, we will be able to recruit another female captain to enhance our curriculum and expand the frequency of our courses for local female students. As we aim to register as a non-profit organization this year, we’re grateful for the unwavering support of our sponsors who made this event possible. Special thanks to Ullman Sails Florida, Northeast Florida Marlin Association, Outer Banks Boil Company of St. Augustine, All Points Yacht Sales, Sailors Grub, Harbortown Marina, Hidden Harbor Marina, Harbour Dental Care, Newport Bank, Sunshine Cruising Yachts, Your Sailing Life Coach, Set Sail Marine Service, Marine Weather Center, Windward Marine Group, Shore Premier, Atlas Yacht Sales, Brochure Display, Saltlife, Clear Blue Sea Services, and Kristen’s Cupcake Cafe. Your dedication ensures that together, we can continue to make waves and empower women in our community.