Reef Runner Sailing Offshore Regatta
Panama City to Port St. Joe
November 13-14, 2021
9AM | NOV. 13th
Skipper briefing starts at 9AM at St. Andrews Marina pavillion. Racer must cross the starting line by 10AM in St. Andrew Bay. Sail down to Port St. Joe and join race finishers for a raft-up the evening of the 13th (optional). Sail home on Nov. 14th.
St. Andrew Bay to Port St. Joe
Starting line begins at the "3" and "4" buoys in St. Andrew Bay. Finish line is passing the "14" buoy at entrance to Port St. Joe bay.
This is an informal flotilla-style race without the pressure of race fees, insurance, club dues, PHRF rating sheets, etc.
Sign-up your boat and crew using the form below to compete in the race.
Starting line begins at the "3" and "4" buoy at St. Andrew Bay. All boats must keep their own race timer. Start the clock at the "3" and "4" buoy. The race finishes as you pass the "14" buoy at Port St. Joe. Stop your clocks as soon as you pass and record time. Text overall race time, boat name, and skipper name to 850-890-1120.
This is a sailboat race. Only sailboats may enter. You must sail all the way there. No wind? Time to get that spinnaker out! In all fun and fairness, we want you to get their safely and before dark. Use your engine if needed to arrive before dark, but DNF yourself from the race results.
How do I sign-up?
Use the sign-up form to enter your boat and crew. Please include both an email and contact phone number for the skipper (or primary contact). This information will be used to contact racing teams in the event of cancelations, changes to the race details, updates, and more.
How are race winners determined?
Our goal is to keep things fun and informal. There are two categories to win: 1) with the fastest time across the finish line, and 2) PHRF rated winner. Racing timing with be on the honors system and recorded by yourself. Start your stopwatch at the "starting line" at the "3" and "4" buoy in St. Andrew Bay. Stop your stopwatch after passing by the "14" buoy in Port St. Joe. First there with best time, wins!
What are PHRF ratings?
Performance Handicap Racing Fleet (PHRF) is a handicapping system used for yacht racing in North America. It allows dissimilar classes of sailboats to be raced against each other. The aim is to cancel out the inherent advantages and disadvantages of each class of boats, so that results reflect crew skill rather than equipment superiority (view source of definition). We will be using the PHRF-NE Base Handicap ratings guide to determine each boat's PHRF rating if it is not provided on the sign-up form.
How many nautical miles is it from St. Andrews Bay to Port St. Joe?
From the starting line at "3" and "4" buoy to the finish line past the "14" buoy at Port St. Joe is a total of 24.9 nautical miles.
What is the raft-up on the evening of November 13th?
For any who wants to continue the fun after the race, anchor overnight in Port St. Joe bay. Exact location of anchorage will be determined closer to November 13th. Choose to raft-up with other boats or anchor near-by! Sail home on November 14th with a buddy or on your own.
What about weather?
We'll watch weather closely as November 13th approaches. If it looks like we need to cancel the race, all participants will be contacted via email and/or phone number that is provided on the sign-up form.
What do winners get?
This race is free to participate. The goal is to have fun and get out sailing with the best sailors in Panama City, Florida! Winners get bragging rights, an excuse to head out the Pass, and maybe a surprise from Reef Runner Sailing. :)
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