St. Augustine Sailing is introducing a new sailing event that promises to bring together the boating community from near and far to celebrate all things sailing. Their inaugural Ladybug Race sets sail on Sunday, April 28, 2024 from the Camachee Cove Yacht Harbor marina, just at the base of the Vilano Bridge in St. Augustine, Florida. But don’t let the name fool you – it’s much more than a race. The day will be filled with activities featuring educational workshops, yacht sales, and an awards dinner. It’s an event designed for all sailors, from dreamers to seasoned captains.

“When we started conceptualizing this event, we wanted it to be for every boater,” says Rose Ann, Owner, Captain, and Broker at St. Augustine Sailing. “Experienced captains and crew can race, while admirers or potential sailors can watch the action from the shore. Our experienced instructors, local experts, and business partners will offer various educational seminars running the gauntlet from beginner to advanced knowledge. And we have some amazing sponsors already on board. There really will be something for everyone!”

The racecourse will take captains and crew out of the Camachee Cove Yacht Harbor marine and north up the Tolomato River, where boats will deftly combat the wind, tide, and each other. For spectators, it will be a chance to see technical maneuvering, teamwork, and skill. St. Augustine Sailing is also organizing educational seminars that cover various topics like line handling, marine weather forecasting, and diesel 101. All Points Yacht Sales will showcase top-of-the-line yachts from Jeanneau and Lagoon. Guests can take tours, purchase their dream boat, or become a SailTime member. The day wraps up with an awards dinner to celebrate the race and recognize winners. Racers, sponsors, and guests are all invited to participate in the celebration.

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“When we purchased St. Augustine Sailing, we knew we wanted to be more than boats,” says Points. “We wanted to foster a really active, supportive, and fun sailing community! I’ve been thrilled to see it grow – we regularly teach classes to folks who have traveled from Georgia, New York, and beyond. And we expect the Ladybug Race to attract an even more diverse crowd. For our business partners, we’re excited to offer robust sponsorship packages; it’s a great opportunity for them to reach an active and engaged audience.”

St. Augustine Sailing is currently seeking sponsors for the Ladybug Race. There are several sponsorship packages that provide exceptional visibility, direct engagement, and media promotion. Interested parties should contact Rose Ann Points at [email protected].