The Conquistador Cup Regatta held in early March since 1993. For many years, it was run by past-commodore Dave Hanson and sponsored by the Royal Order of Ponce Leon Conquistadors. In 2006, Dave turned over this event to PGSC. It is a full weekend of sailing & fun. Saturday’s events consist of two races followed by a dinner. On Sunday, the sailors compete for the Conquistador Cup.
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The best way to fully enjoy this regatta is to race on Saturday and Sunday and take part in all the social activities. Or, if the start of the race bothers you, just join the Sunday Reverse Start event, which some refer to as “The Follow the Leader Race”. Sunday, the boats start one at a time, with the faster rated boats starting last in that order. This is a PHRF event. For those without a handicap rating, we will give out a one day handicap. This is a fun regatta, and can be a great event for families and couples to participate in. The Regatta is open to all interested sailors.
For those out of town ,we have contacted Fishermen's Village Marina (941-575-3000), the Isles Yacht Club (941-639-7551), and the Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club (941-629-5131) for dock availability. Call soon and mention that you will be part of The Conquistador Regatta. At the Charlotte Harbor Club, draft can be a problem so only shallow draft boat should go there (3' or so).
Also, we can attempt to find private docks, or you can anchor off the Boat Club where the social events will be held.
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Saturday, March 3: 3 Races Scheduled, Start time - 10:00am, Steak Dinner – 6pm
Sunday, March 4: Start time – 10am, Fun Pursuit Race, Awards 3p.m.
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Friday anchor out off the Boat Club. Dinghy in for pizza and adult beverages at 6:00 - $12.00 per person if you are NOT racing on Saturday or Sunday (Sign up in January or February at the PGSC Meeting) Saturday either race your sailboat in the Conquistador Cup Regatta or enjoy a front-row seat to all the action for sailors and power boaters. Dinghy in to the Boat Club for a steak dinner at 6:00 - $20.00 per person if you are NOT racing on Saturday (Sign up in January or February at the PGSC Meeting) Sunday join the action, draft club members as crew, and sail the Fun Pursuit Race. Race starts at 10:00.
Confirmation of attendance for this event is needed by February 19 if you will be at either of the social events. For those racing either Saturday or Sunday, Regatta Registration Forms are available at the January and February PGSC General Meeting or on the PGSC Website. If you are NOT racing and only wish to attend the dinners, please register here AND pay for your dinners at the PGSC General Meeting either January or February. Please confirm that you will be joining us and sign up.
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