Each year for the past 54 years, CMCS has hosted the Summerset Sailing Regatta. Sailing Clubs from up and down Florida’s West Coast converge on Ft Myers Beach for a weekend of great Racing and Social Events. In recent years, the Racing has been held off Fort Myers Beach the first weekend in October.
In addition to great racing and camaraderie for the Sailors and Crew, the real beneficiaries to this event are the Youth in the same communities where the Sailors came from. Boats pay entry fees and we solicit sponsorships to offset costs so that we can end up with a profit. This Profit is distributed back to the communities in the same percentages as where the entries and sponsorships came from.
This year (2019) again with no Hurricanes bearing down on us and beautiful conditions, we ended up with a near record 53 boats in 7 classes. Due to a Great response from Sailors and Sponsors up and down the coast, we are able to give back $13,400 to Young Sailors and Marine Enthusiasts. The breakdown goes like this:
$11,000 to the Fort Myers/Cape Coral area. ($2,000 to the Ostego Bay Foundation for Youth Marine Education; $6,000 set aside to the Edison Sailing Center for 25 Youth Learn-to-Sail Scholarships; $3,000 to the Edison Sailing Ctr for Travel Grants & Advanced Training for High Achievers)
$1,200 to Punta Gorda and Port Charlotte area. ($400 to Charlotte Harbor Youth Sailing; $400 to Learn-to-Sail Inc; $400 to Charlotte Harbor Community Sailing)
$800 to Naples/Marco Island area. ($400 to Naples Community Sailing; $400 to the Freedom Waters Foundation)
This year as a bonus, since Mack Sails of Stuart has been so generous with us the past few years, we are donating $400 to the Youth Sailing Foundation of Indian River County.
Allen Fiske, Vice Commodore Summerset
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