For those curious about taking their sailing to the next level, the Manatee River Pram Fleet has a traveling race team that competes on a local, regional, national and international level from August to June. Race team members must have completed a beginner class in a Summer Camp Sailing Program. Our sailors compete in the International Optimist, International Laser, and International 420 classes.
The team practices each week to advance their sailing skills and knowledge of the rules of sailing racing. Winning is not the main goal of our race team. Our most important goals are to do our best, have fun and always show great sportsmanship. Our kids are expected to win with class, and to lose with class. We are proud of our sailors and what they have accomplished over the years. To be a part of our racing program; you are expected to be humble, be a good sport, be a great team player, maintain a positive attitude, and keep good grades in school.
The team attends regattas on average once per month during the racing season. Most of the regattas that we attend are within 1-2 hours drive of Bradenton. Some of the regattas we attend regularly include:
Labor Day Regatta and Sailfest - Sarasota, FL
River Romp - Ft. Meyers, FL
Naples Cup - Naples, FL
Inland Lakes Championship - Lake Eustis, FL
Thanksgiving Regatta and Schools out Regatta - Davis Island, FL
Bruce Watters Regatta and Valentines Day Regatta - St. Petersburg, FL
Buccaneer Blast - Key Largo, FL
Venetian Cup - Venice, FL
PROGRAM LEVELS AND REQUIREMENTS
In order to try out for the race team your child must have attended a beginner summer camp session. There are two levels on our team:
GREEN FLEET Green fleet is for sailors who have less than 2 years of racing experience. It is meant to be a non competitive format that sailors can use to learn the rules and fundamentals of racing.
RED WHITE AND BLUE FLEET Red White and Blue fleet is for more experienced sailors who need a higher level of competition. The sailors are broken up by age into three divisions White (10 and under), Blue (11-12), and Red (13+).