For those at the Sarasota Sailing Squadron’s 70th Annual Labor Day Regatta, Hurricane Hermine wasn’t a threat to the fun.
“I was hoping a storm would come so we would have some wind,” said Kay Brunsvold, 12.
Brunsvold was one of 300 participants in the annual regatta that kicked off Sept. 3. Sarasota Sailing Squadron Director Craig Bridges wasn’t worried about the storm either — in fact, he said Sept. 3 was a nicer opening day than many in past years.
For 13-year-old Terra Ehrhart, it was all about being out on the water and joining the rest of the sailing community. Ehrhart learned to sail six years ago, when her mom was a sailing instructor. In fact, many of the participants this year were carrying on family traditions and lessons as well.
Bridges, a past participant whose father also competed, said he’s starting to see the third generation of sailors coming in, including his children.
“For three generations to participate in all the same sport is pretty amazing,” he said.
The event concluded Sept. 4. Participants hailed from areas such as Miami, Clearwater, Jacksonville and even Georgia. The regatta included five race courses, as well as refreshments for participants, families and coaches.