When planning this year’s Sarasota Bay Cup, race chairman Bill Jacobs wanted to make a splash.
Following the completion of Bird Key Yacht Club’s marina renovation, the Sarasota Bay Cup returned to Bird Key and came back with a charitable partner. For the first-time ever, the Sarasota Bay Cup benefited a nonprofit, and this year, Mote Marine Laboratory was chosen as the beneficiary.
On April 22, 74 sailboats took to the waters of Sarasota Bay and competed in three classes; Performance Handicap Racing Fleet, one-design races with Flying Scots and E-Scows and youth sailing and model boat races. Racing day coincidentally fell on Earth Day, a fact Mote President and CEO Michael Crosby was happy to share as sailing is a sustainable sport.
“This is a great opportunity to highlight Mote and the community,” he said.