Sail Fort Myers Florida

“Sail the Tradition”

at Fort Myers Beach

This year CMCS is proud to present the 55th annual Summerset Regatta on the weekend of October 2nd, 3rd and 4th, 2020.

In 1965, a few adventurous sailors placed a classified ad in the local newspapers looking for “Anyone interested in racing sailboats from Fort Myers Beach to Naples”. That first race led to an annual event that sailors in Southwest Florida look forward to each year – known as the Summerset Regatta. This was also the genesis of the racing program for Caloosahatchee Marching and Chowder Society (CMCS), now in our 50th year of operation. Today, sailors from Charlotte Harbor to Marco join in the fun of racing and cruising. Yachts race in Saturday’s buoy races and Sunday’s distance race(s) in the Gulf of Mexico near Fort Myers Beach.

Shirt artwork from a photo by Doris Colgate taken from a helicopter of an 81 footer racing in the Pacific. Steve Colgate member of the US Sailing Hall of Fame and CMCS was the principal helmsman on his friend’s yacht NIRVANA. They raced all over the world but this race was the Clipper Cup in 1982 off Hawaii with about fifty boats competing..Thank you to the Colgates for supplying the artwork and for being a valued sponsor of The Summerset Regatta for so many years.

A Weekend Full of Fun

October 2nd, 3rd, and 4th

What: Skipper’s Packet Pickup
When: Friday, October 2nd at 1600 - 1900 Sponsor: Bonita Bill’s Waterfront Cafe.
Where: Bonita Bill’s Waterfront Cafe, 702 Fisherman’s Wharf, San Carlos Island, FL.
Notice: Pizza & Beer will not be provided this year in support of Social Distancing.
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What: Buoy Races
When: Saturday, October 3rd, first warning at 0955 hrs
Sponsor: Offshore Sailing School
Where: in the Gulf of Mexico off of Fort Myers Beach in the vicinity of San Carlos Light
Details: Notice of Race (NOR)
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What: Competitive Coastal Race
When: Sunday, October 4th, first warning at 0955 hrs
Sponsor: Rice Windows and Doors
Where: in the Gulf of Mexico off of Fort Myers Beach in the vicinity of San Carlos Light
Details: Notice of Race (NOR)
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What: Cruisers Coastal Race (non-BOTY)
When: Sunday, October 4th, first warning at 0930 hrs
Sponsor: Marine Trading Post
Where: in the Gulf of Mexico off of Fort Myers Beach in the vicinity of San Carlos Light
Details: optional for boats registered as Summerset Cruisers; some people call this a “day sail with a bunch of your cruising friends”.
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