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Porsche Cup of Naples Regatta returns March 27-28

By Staff | Feb 18, 2010

The Gulf Coast Sailing Club’s 34th annual regatta returns to the waters off of Naples on March 27 and 28.

Sailing enthusiasts, take note. The Gulf Coast Sailing Club’s 34th annual regatta, named “The Porsche Cup of Naples,” will be conducted on Saturday, March 27 and Sunday, March 28 beginning at 11 a.m. each day.

Hosted by the Hamilton Harbor Yacht Club, the regatta will feature two days of sailboat racing for local and national competitors. For the third straight year, the highly competitive US Melges 24 fleet has highlighted this regatta as one of its premier southeast events.

Teams from throughout the U.S. are expected to compete, and proceeds raised through sponsorship and entry fees will be used to help support local junior sailing.

Racing will be done on three separate courses. Two will be in the Gulf of Mexico just south of the Naples Pier, and the third will be in Naples Bay, across the bay from the Naples Sailing Center. Course assignments will be based on boat classes, which include one design, spinnaker, non-spinnaker, cruising and multi-hull. Spectators are invited to watch the regatta from the beach or on a boat.

Entries into the regatta will be accepted until March 26, and registration information can be found at www.GulfCoastSailingClub.org .

Porsche of Naples, the largest Porsche dealership on Florida’s west coast, is the title sponsor for the third consecutive year.

“We are very pleased to be connected with such a premier racing event here in Southwest Florida,” said John Harris, general manager of Porsche of Naples. “The high performance and excitement of the regatta nicely ties-in with our high performance automobiles like the new Porsche Panamera.”

Shore activities will be hosted for the second consecutive year by the Hamilton Harbor Yacht Club, which features world-class docking facilities, a beautiful clubhouse and highly trained staff.

In addition to serving as the launch site of the regatta, Hamilton Harbor Yacht Club will host a buffet dinner for skippers and crew, with entertainment and a tasting party sponsored by Slavianskaya Vodka, on Saturday, March 27.

“The Porsche Cup of Naples is a very fun event to participate in, and to watch,” said Jim Gunderson, commodore of the Gulf Coast Sailing Club, and general manager of The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club. “It promises to be quite a competition. So if you haven’t attended a regatta before, this is a great opportunity to see some exceptional sailing.”

The Gulf Coast Sailing Club has been the cornerstone of the local sailing community since 1974. Lively monthly meetings offer a great opportunity for sailors to interact with fellow sailors from the community. Those that are new to sailing, or experienced sailors looking for crewing opportunities, will find the club to be a great resource for meeting local skippers.

To learn more about The Porsche Cup of Naples, or for other Gulf Coast Sailing Club activities, visit www.GulfCoastSailingClub.org .