Santa Elena Regatta set for March 25-26
A local sailing tradition will continue this month as the Santa Elena Foundation and Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club host the Santa Elena Regatta, commemorating 451 years since the founding of the colonial settlement on Parris Island.
The regatta will be held March 25-26 for those who operate performance handicap racing fleet sailboats.
The event is a combination of the Jean Ribault Cup, which will be sailed March 25, and the Perdo Menendez Cup on March 26. The results from both events will be combined to determine the winner of the Santa Elena Regatta and the recipient of the Founder’s Cup.
“The regatta is a wonderful tradition for the Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club and now the Santa Elena Foundation,” Santa Elena History Center director Megan Meyer said. “Its significance is further realized as we think back 450 years ago when earliest European settlers too sailed into Port Royal Sound to establish their settlements in the New World.”
The winner’s name will be etched on the base of a bronze statue of Santa Elena founder Pedro Menendez, which was donated by Count Alvaro Armada of Spain, a 20th generation descendent of Menendez.
Sailors racing for the Ribault Cup will make their way through the Port Royal Sound while Menendez Cup participants will sail in the Beaufort River starting at Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park.
The regatta is open to boats with a PHRF rating that are at least 22 feet. Boats that are 18 feet and over will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Trophies also will be awarded for the Ribault and Menendez cups.
There will be several social events, including a kickoff Skippers Meeting and cocktail party March 24, an awards dinner March 25 and an awards presentation March 26. All social events will take place at the Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club.
For more information about the historic, local significance of Pedro Melendez and Jean Ribault, and to learn more about the Santa Elena Foundation, go to www.Santa-Elena.org.