Feb. 6, 2013
-- The second annual Stuart Sailfish Regatta will be making waves off of the Stuart Causeway April 19, 20 and 21. Get ready for an exciting weekend with hydroplanes, race boats and powerboats competing for prize money and bragging rights. Organizers are planning a weekend of speed, excitement and community involvement. With increased attendance and sponsorship support, SSR plans to increase their support to the designated charities, Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast, US Sailing Center and the Maritime and Classic Boat Museum.
The races will once again be held on the Stuart Causeway on a 1.1-mile oval racecourse on the northern side of the bridge. After last year’s test run, the Regatta Board of Directors is happy to announce that they will close the Stuart Causeway with the approval of Sewalls Point town officials and all other related agencies. The new expanded site will allow for more vendors and activities, including live music, a bikini contest and the best spectator viewing area on top of the bridge. Visitors can expect a new and improved layout overall and additional food, beverage and customer services. The race is sanctioned by the American Power Boat Association. The regatta will be open to ten classes of inboards, four classes of outboards and new this year, the Powerboat P1 SuperStock Series. Some of the nation's top tier racers plus a power team of six or more Canadian Grand Prix race boats will bring even more fuel and adrenaline pumping action to the water.
“We encourage everyone to visit our website at www.stuartsailfishregatta.org
and our Facebook page for more about race protocol, sponsorships, vendor opportunities, participating race boats and drivers,” stated Lindsay Nickerson, Event Coordinator. Hutchinson Island Marriott Beach Resort and Marina is the official race resort and will be the main hub of activity in the days leading up to and during the race. The website lists all area accommodations, many of which will be offering special race promotions and packages.
Tickets will be on sale beginning February 8 online. The advance ticket price is $10 until April 5. Beginning April 6 tickets will also be available at all branches of Seacoast from Palm Beach to Vero Beach for $12 with other outlets to be confirmed. Weekend gate entrance is $15 per person each day and children 10 and under are free. Military personnel with a military id pay just $10.
VIP tickets are limited and will be available for Saturday and Sunday for $50 per day or $75 for a two-day pass that will include premium seating, access to the pits, lunch, snacks, cold beverages, and full bar. The Friday night party, Pit Stop Regatta Rally, will be held under the Stuart Causeway from 6:30pm -10pm with great Italian food and pizza from Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza. Stuart is known for great fishing and boating and enjoys a lively boat building industry and marine activity. The revival of the power boat races, formerly organized by the Sertoma Club, will be a plus to tourism and the marine industries. The Tourist Development Council and The Treasure Coast Sports Commission are on board as major sponsors and will be promoting the event through their tourism and travel networks. Sign up for a sponsorship to receive all the great exposure the Stuart Sailfish Regatta has to offer. Already on board are: Southern Eagle Distributing Inc., Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers, Environmental Manufacturing Systems (EMS), The Hutchinson Island Marriott Beach Resort and Marina, Seacoast National Bank, A Law Firm of Goldstein, Schmitt and Wade, P.L., Leighton Security, CAPTEC Engineering, Triton Marine Products, Land Rover, Heartland Solutions, Fluid Energy Group, Express Rolloff Dumpsters, Hi-Tide Boat and Lifts and Marine Products, Treasure and Space Coast Radio, and WSTU, WPSL and WJNX. For more information about the Regatta visit the website at www.stuartsailfishregatta.org or phone 772-245-7654.