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About Summerset Regatta

Greetings and  welcome to the 55th Annual Summerset Regatta! This year’s regatta will be held on the weekend of October 2nd, 3rd & 4th, 2020.

Legend be told, fifty-five years ago, some local  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 SW Florida looked forward to each year known as the Summerset Regatta, and the  birth   of   the   racing   program  for  Caloosahatchee Marching  and  Chowder Society  (CMCS). Today  sailors  from Charlotte Harbor to Marco Island join in the fun of racing and cruising. Yachts race in Saturday’s buoy races and Sunday’s distance races in the Gulf of Mexico off Fort Myers Beach.

The CMCS Summerset Regatta has a grand history as one of the oldest, continuous regattas in Southwest Florida. Over  the  years,  we  have  raced  and partied  up  and down the Gulf Coast.   This year, the Regatta will hold the traditional buoy and distance races, as we have in years past, but the 2020 Regatta poses special challenges with COVID-19.  There  can  be  no  planned  social events and banquet awards dinner. The theme of the year is still to have  fun  on   the  water,   but  we  are  taking  special  precautions  to  keep  everybody  safe  in  these  unique circumstances.   There  are  still  trophies,  raffle  prizes,  lots  of  racing  yachts,  supportive  cruising  boats and sponsorships of all kinds working together to make a great regatta. Awards and Raffle Winners will be handled at the October Membership Meeting of CMCS, virus permitting!

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Summerset has always been a collaborative effort, with the end goal of making contributions to youth sailing and marine  activities  in  SW Florida.   In recent  years  we have seen our programs grow enabling CMCS to contribute nearly $100,000,  collectively over the years,  to youth sailing programs throughout SW Florida. Locally, in the Fort Myers/Cape Coral area,  we have instituted a Grant Fund with the Edison Sailing Center whereby we award grants to  children  to  learn to sail and learn safe boating.   We  also  help support the Ostego Bay Foundation and their education programs.

The 2020 Regatta’s off water events will be limited due  to the Covid-19 situation. We will have a pick-up station at Bonita Bill’s for skippers to collect their Skipper’s Bags and all are welcome to visit or dine at the main Bonita Bill’s restaurant,  but CMCS will not serve usual beer and pizza nor hold an official skipper’s meeting.    We have negotiated reduced  rates for dockage for Summerset racers and cruisers at Pink Shell,  Salty Sam’s,  and  Moss Marine facilities.   The  proximity  to  restaurants  and  shopping promises convenience and opportunities for all participants and their families to enjoy during this fun-filled weekend.

We welcome everyone to our website  (summersetregatta.com)  for  more information  and  hope  you will join us
for the 55th Annual Summerset Regatta organized and hosted by the U.S. Sailing’s award-winning Caloosahatchee Marching  and  Chowder Society (CMCS). Please let the committee members know how we can make your visit to Fort Myers Beach & Summerset Regatta a really special event and we hope to see each one of you Oct. 2-4, 2020.

Best Regards,
Jim Slager
2020 Commodore
Caloosahatchee Marching and Chowder Society (CMCS)

Register to Race
Sign-up for the full series of races on Saturday Oct. 3rd and Sunday Oct. 4th

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Register to Cruise
Join us to cruise to Fort Myers Beach, with the option to participate in the Sunday Cruisers Race