The Value of Sea Scout Regattas

Spring Regatta Season has drawn to a close in the Western Region. There are five major Spring Regattas, including the Nor Western Regatta, held at Camp Rilea in Oregon; the Long Beach Invitational Regatta, held in Long Beach, California; the Seafarer’s Regatta, held in Martinez, California, the Old Salt’s Regatta, held at Coast Guard Island, in Alameda, California; and the Ancient Mariner Regatta, held at the California Maritime Academy, in Vallejo, California. The Southwestern Rendezvous is held over Thanksgiving weekend at Camp Pendleton as the last competitive event of the year.

The SSS Tiki Too, who won the Old Salt's Wheel at the Old Salt's Regatta.
The SSS Tiki Too, who won the Old Salt’s Wheel, at the Old Salt’s Regatta.

Extremely dedicated volunteers move Heaven and Earth to make these Sea Scout events a reality. Putting on a regatta includes securing the venue, signing contracts, insurance coverage, mooring permissions, maintaining the equipment, replacing equipment, moving the equipment by semi-truck, food contracts, and a lot of physical labor, just to name a few things. Why do volunteers go to such lengths to put a regatta together?

Sea Scout Regattas bring Sea Scouts together. These competitions are built upon skills from the Sea Scout Manual. These skills are focused into different competitive activities that allow Sea Scouts to work as a team, make life long friends, and have fun.

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The Dinghy Race Final at the Seafarer’s Regatta

Sea Scouts competing at Regattas learn how to engage in strategic planning (when do to specific events, like a whaleboat race when there will be light wind or not fighting the current) or acting tactically, such as finishing an event where there is no one in line that they know that event will become a logjam later in the day.

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The Compass Rose competing in Scuttlebutt at the Ancient Mariner Regatta.

Sea Scout regattas are lessons in character building and sportsmanship. No sailor ever wins every race they sail. How a Sea Scout responds to these challenges is just as important as being a graceful winner.

A Sea Scout from the Odyssey taking her shot in Ring Buoy at the Seafarer's Regatta.
A Sea Scout from the Odyssey taking her shot in Ring Buoy at the Seafarer’s Regatta.

The volunteers who make these regattas possible know how much attending these events means to Sea Scouts, which is why they contribute their time to bring these regattas to life. And so, thank you to everyone who made all of our regattas possible. Moreover, thank you to all of the Sea Scouts who competed after months of practice. All of this hard work was for each one of you.

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Volunteers towing the whaleboats from the Vallejo Yacht Club to California Maritime Academy with a motor whaleboat for the marathon race.
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One comment

  1. Regatta season is the thread that binds the program together.. I was at the first Seafarer’s Regatta, and attended many Ols Salt’s and AMR’s. I sadly never got to Long Beach or SW rendevous..

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