Skippers and crew who are registered for this year's Harvest Moon Regatta should plan to attend
HMR 101 & Safety Day
at Lakewood Yacht Club
Sep. 29, 2018
"Previously, HMR 101 and HMR Safety Day were separate events," says HMR Vice Chair Duane Guidry. "This year, we've combined them into a one-day event packed full of information about the race, tips from experienced HMR sailors and safety education from the professionals which will help ensure both expert and novice sailors are better prepared for this exciting offshore regatta."
Participants will start the day with a continental breakfast at 8 a.m., and the event will kick off at 8:30 a.m. with a recap of last year's event and a brief history of the race before getting into race preparation and planning discussions. Lunch will also be provided courtesy of Lakewood Yacht Club.
Featured speakers include National Weather Service Meteorologist Dan Reilly who will talk about how to read the weather and Paul Brown, USCG Auxiliary Flotilla Commander will lead a safety equipment discussion. Other topics covered will include race details; navigation, communication and docking; first aid; engine and hull component prep; and offshore sail and rigging. The day's events will conclude at 3:30 p.m.
Door prizes will be given out throughout the day, and HMR merchandise will be on sale tax-free.
Sailors still needing to register for the 32nd Annual Harvest Moon Regatta scheduled for Oct. 25-28, should visit the HMR website. The entry fee is $180 plus a Port A City Marina Docking /Rafting Fee based on length overall of your vessel. U.S. Sailing members receive a $10 discount.
About the Harvest Moon Regatta
The HMR is open to seasoned racers and non-competitive sailors and is raced down the Gulf Coast under an orange-red moon reflecting off the Gulf's dark blue waters.
Following the race, the sailboats raft up at the Port A City Marina for a fun-filled weekend that includes the Welcome Sailors Bacardi Rum Party, sponsored by original race sponsor Bacardi Rum. Close to 2,000 sailors and guests enjoy each other's company as well as refreshing beverages, catered barbeque and live entertainment, followed by a lively awards ceremony.
For additional information about the race, email HMR Race Chair Paul Dunphey at
or call Principal Race Officer Dwight Bengtson at 832-457-5154.