An American Cancer Society Benefit

The 48th Annual Stephen C. Smith Memorial Regatta (June 11 - 13, 2021) was a tremendous success. Thank you to everyone who participated as a sponsor, advertiser, donor, sailor, guest, auction bidder, or observer. The collective effort allows us to donate $30,000 to the American Cancer Society. This is our best year ever !!!

In addition to the many patient services provided to children and adults, the American Cancer Society funds research and public education, which is vital in the effort against this silent killer. The American Cancer Society receives no government funding and relies exclusively on the generous support of private donations. In the years, the Stephen C. Smith Memorial Regatta Foundation, Inc. has been able to contribute over $500,000 to the ACS, the majority of which stays in the Big Bend area (Wakulla, Leon, Jefferson, Gadsden, Madison, Taylor and other Big Bend Counties), providing educational programs and patient services to area residents.

Donations were received in Memory/Honor of:

Steven Graves
Stephen Molnar
Ann Getman
Brigham "Boots" Britton
Lee Chapin
Carolyn Cheek
Earl Bennett
Pamela Garfield
Robert Johnson
Mike Boll
Paula Reichert
Joanie Leary
Lester D. Saint
Lenny Widener
Kilgore Trout

In Memory/Honor of:

Frederick A. Gilbert
Raymond Keen
Jolie Latourelle Jones
Brian Rue
Jack Rydnerone
Ann Bennett

(Background photo: Friday evening luminary candle bags for each name listed)
*If we missed someone you honored, please contact the Smith Regatta webmaster.


The Regatta has drawn as many as 200 registered participants and hundreds more spectators from all over the southeast. The event includes: races for yachts rated under the PHRF handicapping system, catamarans such as Hobie Cats, smaller day sailors including Sunfish, and windsurfers, the most numerous and arguably the most colorful participants in the Regatta.

Catamarans and one design day sailors, and small and large (22 feet and over) monohulls will race over their own courses as with the windsurfing fleet. Races are held both Saturday and Sunday (only windsurfers on Sunday), with other events for sponsors, spectators, and participants on Saturday night.

The public is invited to view the races on Saturday and Sunday and get lunch at the Regatta Grille, and to participate in the auction of thousands of dollars worth of donated items on Sunday afternoon beginning after the trophy presentations (about 2:00 pm). Everyone can have a great time and pick up some great deals while making a contribution to help us all fight cancer.