2015 Corsair Rendezvous & Nationals Update #1



Planning is moving ahead for the 2015 Corsair Rendezvous & Nationals, which will be held
April 28 - May 3, 2015. The organizing committee is in the process of finalizing the details for the
rendezvous and racing and are currently working on making the necessary arrangements for the
festivities! Below is a list of the organizing committee members:

About the Nationals Committee

Randy Smyth: Two time Olympic Medalist, ProSail World Champion, multiple winner of the Worrell 1000 
mile beach cat race, course record holder for the 350 mile Everglades Challenge, highly successful 
competitor on his F-25C trimaran, high performance sail designer (Smyth Sails), and sought after coach,
America's Cup commentator, Round the World racer: competed in "The Race" on 110 ft catamaran
"Team Adventure".   
Read more about Randy >>

Bert Rice: Former Corsair F-24 owner, has organized and/or helped to organize every Corsair Nationals
held in Pensacola. Dedicates his retired life to promoting and supporting sailing and sailors.

Linda Wright: Retired U.S. Air Force, lived aboard a small boat for many years, substantial open water
cruising and storm survival experience, safety expert, sailing coach, Corsair 28CC owner.

Karlene Gentile: Graphic art and printing expert, co-owner of Windcraft Multihulls, a true people person
who helps with organization and "disaster management".

Don Wigston: Owner and operator of Windcraft Multihulls (the Corsair Dealer for the Gulf Coast of Florida),
has personally owned, cruised and raced 12 Corsairs, former Corsair 28R National Champion, has competed
in almost all previous Corsair Nationals. 2015 Regatta Chairman and Contact Person.

The first task they had to tackle was to decide on the format for the event. Being the 20th Anniversary of the inaugural Corsair Nationals, the committee wanted to put on an event that would appeal every person involved with the Corsair Community. With that theme in mind, the program is being planned that will cater equally to the interests of cruisers, families, and racers.

Plans are Taking Shape

Dates: April 28-May 3

Racing Registration: April 30th
Racing Regatta: May 1st - 3rd

Rendezvous Registration: April 28th
“Fun Fleet” Regatta: April 29th - May 3rd

Tuesday, April 28th: For those who can make it in time, we will start the Cruising Program for the Fun Fleet on Tuesday with a presentation of the overall event schedule, followed by a seminar on local knowledge/cruising skills/safety, followed by dinner at Hemingway's Restaurant on Pensacola Beach. There will be a couple of vans to help with transportation.

Wednesday, April 29th: We will cruise west from Pensacola to Pirates Cove in Alabama, share stories over drinks and dinner, followed by an overnight raft-up.

Thursday, April 30th: The Fun Fleet will sail back east to historic Fort McCree at the mouth of the Pensacola Pass for another overnight camp-out, featuring a barbecue and bonfire on the beach. Racers will register on Thursday and will join the Fun Fleet for the campout at Fort McCree, and a knots/rigging/splicing seminar.

Friday, May 1st // May Day: Both fleets (the Fun Fleet and the Racing Fleet) will race or cruise east 24 nm to Juana's Pagodas in Navarre. After arrival there will be an opportunity to “Tri a Corsair”. All models of Corsair trimarans will be there, including the Cruze 970 and the NEW Pulse 600! Everyone who wishes will get to see and sail on whichever Corsair model they would like. Friday night there will be a dinner and libations at Juana's, lots of cool door prizes, and dancing to live music.

Saturday, May 2nd: We will race or cruise back 14 nm to Quietwater Beach, followed by 2 or more “round the buoy” races for the Race Fleet. Saturday night is banquet night at the Pensacola Yacht Club (PYC).

Sunday, May 3rd: There will be at least 3 more buoy races for the Race Fleet, and a “Navigation Challenge“ for the Fun Fleet. Followed by an Awards Party at 3:00 PM at the PYC with hors d’oeuvres and awards for racers and cruisers alike!

Tentative schedule, information about accommodations, boat and trailer logistics, the Pensacola Yacht Club and links to view important documents such as the NOR, Registration Documents, and event maps can be found on the Resources page >> 

Online registration is now open >>

We will notify the Corsair Community when registration is open, and we encourage that you register as soon as possible because the sooner we get a good handle on how many intend to come, the more door prizes we can get, and the better the event will be for everyone! We hope you and your family can make it!



2015 Corsair Nationals Intro >>

2015 Nationals Update #2 >>

2015 Nationals Update #3 >>


Comments for 2015 Corsair Rendezvous & Nationals Update #1

Name: Hans Millenaar
Time: Monday, January 19, 2015

The registration form would not let register. It did not like my birth date. I tried several other dates, but no luck. Am I crazy?

Name: Corsair Web Team
Time: Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Hans, We heard you contacted Don over the weekend to get this problem resolved. Sorry to hear you ran into issues with the online registration! If anyone else runs into problems, please print, fill out, and mail in your registration paperwork. Click the following link to access our Registration Resources page: http://sail.corsairmarine.com/2015-corsair-rendezvous-nationals-registration-info

If you are having issues registering, please feel free to contact Don Wigston at info@windcraft.net.

Name: Kelly Davis
Time: Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Is there a crew list? I would like to add my contact information if anyone needs experienced corsair crew.

Name: Ginger
Time: Sunday, March 1, 2015

I am trying to make reservations at the Quality Inn using the group Corsair Nationals. When calling the hotel, they do not have this group on file with a discounted rate. Please advise.

Name: Don Wigston
Time: Monday, March 2, 2015

Kelly, There is a crew list. Please email me directly to be placed on the list: info@windcraft.net.


Ginger, I am sorry to hear that you are having trouble getting the group rate at the Quality Inn. We have indeed negotiated a group rate with the Quality Inn in Gulf Breeze, and spoke with the assistant manager this afternoon and worked everything out, so please try again calling the hotel again at 850-932-2214 and they should be ready to give you the group rate. If you still have problems getting the group rate for Corsair Nationals, ask to speak to the Assistant Manager Nelda Gutierrez.

Don Wigston

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