Race around Lido on Memorial Day

Sarasota Sailing Squadron, May 27, 2013: The annual “Race Around Lido”, held at the Sarasota Sailing Squadron every Memorial Day, is a fun sailing event that the whole family can enjoy.

The race itself is open to all classes of non-motor boats – sailing, paddle and otherwise and the rules are flexible. The boats are launched from the Squadron, go through New Pass and meet at a designated point on North Lido Beach for games, refreshments and land activities.

The race officially starts when the whistle is blown at the beach and everyone scrambles to get in their boats and navigate the Lido Beach shoreline, Big Pass, Bird Key, the Ringling Bridge and finally back to the Sarasota Sailing Squadron. Each racer estimates the time it will take to finish the course and those closest to their estimated times are the winners.

In addition to the competitors’ boats, there are several spectator and chase boats that follow along…often full of family and friends who are cheering their favorites on.

Meanwhile, back on shore, a lunch BarBQ is prepared for the sailors and a variety of activities are available for those who do not participate in the race. In addition to food and beverages, there is face painting, T-shirt tie dying and treasure hunting to entertain both young and old.

The event culminates in a raucous awards ceremony with prizes awarded to the race winners as well as in several other categories. Coveted prizes are awarded for: Saltiest Sailor, Most Drenched, Most Sunburned, Best Navigator, Worst Dressed, etc.

Participation in the Race Around Lido is open to members of the Sarasota Sailing Squadron as well as the general public. The Squadron is a member-run organization that supports and promotes adult and youth sailing along with kayaking, windsurfing and other forms of non-motorized boating activity.

For further information contact:  Donna Farina,  Chairperson, Race Around Lido,  941-961-3525  Dfarina1@verizon.net.

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