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Annual Stephen C. Smith Memorial Regatta begins Friday in Wakulla County

In previous years, more than 200 participants registered for the event and hundreds of...
In previous years, more than 200 participants registered for the event and hundreds of spectators from across the southeast came to see the regatta, the release says.(Marianne Gengenbach)
Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 10:53 AM EDT
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SHELL POINT BEACH, Fla. (WCTV) - The 48th annual Stephen C. Smith Memorial Regatta begins this Friday, June 11, at Shell Point Beach in Southern Wakulla County. The regatta’s goal is to raise money for the American Cancer Society in memory of Stephen Smith, a local sailor who died from a rare form of leukemia at the age of 29, according to a press release.

Organizers of the 2021 event include the Shell Point Sailboard Club, the American Cancer Society, the Apalachee Bay Yacht Club and several other businesses and people.

In previous years, more than 200 participants registered for the event and hundreds of spectators from across the southeast came to see the regatta, the release says.

The regatta will include the following:

  • Races for yachts rated under the PHRF handicapping system
  • Catamarans like Hobie Cats
  • Smaller day sailors (e.g. Portsmouth, One Design)
  • Windsurfers

The release says other types of catamarans and one design day sailors, as well as small and large monohulls, will race on their own courses.

Races will take place on both Saturday and Sunday (June 12, June 13), and other events for spectators and participants will be held those nights.

The public is not only invited to the races over the weekend, but also to participate in live auctions of thousands of dollars worth of donated items Sunday afternoon. Sunday’s auction will happen after the 2 p.m. trophy presentations.

“Everyone can have a great time and pick up some great deals while making a contribution to help us all fight cancer,” the release says.

In its history, the regatta has raised more than $600,000 for the American Cancer Society.

“The majority of these funds have remained in the Big Bend area, providing educational programs and patient services to area residents,” the release says.

For more information regarding this event, visit the regatta’s website.

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