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.
The windsurfing fleet
will be competing for points in their national standings. Catamarans and
one design day sailors, and small and large (22 feet and over) monohulls
will race over their own courses. Races are held both Saturday and Sunday,
with other events for sponsors, spectators, and participants on Saturday
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.
An American Cancer Society Benefit
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 last five years, the Stephen C. Smith Memorial Regatta Foundation,
Inc. has been able to contribute over $83,000 to the ACS, the majority of which
stayed in the Big Bend area, providing educational programs and patient
services to area residents.
Businesses or individuals
wishing to participate as sponsors will receive a receipt for their donation
to a 501c3 foundation and other benefits appropriate to the level
of support. Contributions may be made by donating items for the auction,
in-kind merchandise to support the event, or negotiable funds. Donations
will be recognized in the Regatta Program Booklet, on this website, and
on the sponsor board.