And we are back! After a brutally hot tail end of summer, we are thrilled to be sailing in more enjoyable conditions. Both our racing team and recreational program kicked off in September.
The MRPF racing team is joining some local clubs in an inter-club regatta series on Sarasota Bay this fall. Many precautions and adjustments have been taken in order to hold these modified events. We are grateful for the opportunity to participate. Our team will be competing in the optimist, laser, and 420 fleets once a month this fall. Otherwise, you can find them practicing on the Manatee River a couple times a week. It’s been great to see our sailors back at the Bishop Sailing Center after such a long break.
Fall recreational “Sunday Fundays” are back! These sails are intended for those who have already completed a learn to sail program and just want to keep sailing. We try to build on skills already learned, but our main focus is having fun on the water. To view our schedule or contact information, please visit our website at www.manateeriverpramfleet.org. All sailors must RSVP before attending.
If you missed out on summer camp this year, we are offering individual or small group lessons for sailors ages 8-12, during October and November. Availability is limited, so please email mrpf.sailingdirecto[email protected] if you are interested.
MRPF would like to take a moment and honor the life of a local legend. George Luzier, 96, passed away on August 24, 2020. He was known by many as one of the finest boat builders around, designing beautiful boats with an emphasis on strength and simplicity. It’s even rumored that George had a hand in helping Clark Mills build some of the first wooden optimists in our area. We are grateful for all that George did to assist the program over the years and to promote the sport of sailing.