Historic Savannah, warm hospitality, and a unique venue makes this first leg of the Southern Circuit a unique Lightning pleasure!
Need Crew ? Want to Crew ?
Snow? Must be Time to Head SOUTH!
The Southern Circuit takes place each March, and includes three separate regattas across nine days, beginning in Savannah, GA, going to Miami, FL, and finishing in St. Petersburg FL.
It’s scored as an accumulation of points: One race makes a series, and all races between the three events are included –– with a single drop after six races. If you want to co-skipper, you need to crew for the other skipper; otherwise, you can change crew for each regatta. Of course all sailors need to be class members (duh!), and Jan Davis will be on hand to welcome folks into the ILCA family.
Because everyone cool will be there? Seriously, If the weather alone doesn’t make you want to come down, consider these facts: last year’s Winter Championship won the St. Petersburg Trophy for Excellence in Race Management – an award given annually by U. S. Sailing as voted by participants. Last year, we had over 80 teams at the various events, including more than 70 on the line at St. Petersburg. There is a Hula-Hoop contest, trivia questions, and a new knot-tying contest for FABULOUS prizes, as well as Giant Jenga and plenty of adult bevvies shore-side. Seafood. Sunburns. It’s near Mickey Mouse. It’s a Lightning event, for heaven’s sakes, held in a place that almost never gets snow!
What to bring?
Your gear, your hand-held radio, sunblock, dryer squares or something equally strong-smelling to ward off the bugs in Savannah. Your family, your camera, and a sense of adventure. Two chains on your boat-trailer, as it’s state law in Florida.
And, yes, buzzkill, you’ll want to bring your checkbook: registration fees are as follows: $150 for Savannah, $160 for Miami with $5 discount for USSailing, and $190 in St. Pete. Links to registration, information can be found via the ILCA website or through the YC sites. Check the NORs for early-registration discounts.
No Room at the Inn, Joseph?!
This might be an ideal time to cash in your frequent flyer miles, or scout Hotels.com for a good deal – especially in Miami, where March is the height of the tourist season.
Savannah has a plethora of cozy b&b’s, and cheap-ish places to flop. The HoJo’s on Tybee (912-786-0700) or the Ocean Plaza Beach Resort Island (800-215-6370) are my recommendations. Brian Hayes likes the Fairfield Inn Midtown (912-353-7100).
Boxed lunches are available for purchase at Savannah YC.
Questions, suggestions, crew, boats, questions
If you are looking for crew, want to charter or charter out a boat, or just have a question, contact the VP of Southern Circuit, Amy Smith Linton at email@example.com or 813-254-3455, or ask the rest of the Lightning class on the listserve.
Deep South RegattaSavannah Yacht ClubBradley Point RoadSavannah, GA 31401phone 912-897-1314http://www.savannahyachtclub.orgyachtclub.org
Airport shuttle: philipstaxicab.com 888-922-8294Contact the VP of Southern Circuit to borrow books on tape for your trip. And there will be a trivia quiz for each leg of the circuit. Seriously, give me a buzz or drop me an e-mail. Amy Smith Linton 813-254-3455, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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