Weta Fest 2013 is on!
Hot off the press, FWYC Fleet Captain John Farris has confirmed FWYC will be pleased to host the opening WETAFEST 2013 in late March. Designed to allow "out of towners" to do Charlotte Harbor regatta, go to work for a month to replenish bank accounts and then come to race on the beautiful Emerald Coast, WetaFest is destined to be a staple event on the Weta calendar in the US.
* Registration Thursday March 21
* Windward Leewards Friday March 22 - Dinner TBA
* Windward Leewards Saturday March 23
* Distance race Sunday March 24. Awards presented with award winning Mongolian BBQ
This will be an exciting format at the most incredible time of year at the club. 2 days of hard core tactical Windward Leeward racing, wrapped up with a strategic distance race requiring true strategy to win. For those of you in the frozen North...Look out your window...better yet, open it and feel the cold air rushing over your face. Quickly now...close it, close your eyes... imagine warm sun...white sandy beaches...tropical breeze...warm water...rum drinks with funny names...dolphins playing at the bow of your boat as you lee bow Richard coming into the final mark to take the win... Ahhh...this truly is sailing paradise...
As the #2 drive to destination in the state of Florida, there are LOTS of options on where to stay.
Beach House:VRBO.com gets you a house on the beach, or a condo in the thick of things for late night revelry. Look at Fort Walton Beach as the area.
Hotels: The most interesting option would be right on Leeside beach - Destin West resort http://www.destinwest.com. You can either keep your boat at the club, or at your hotel, as you sail there after each day's racing... With the grand opening of the new Fudpuckers bar/restaurant next door, I can see us making a beverage stop on the way to the Yacht Club at the end of each day's racing.
Campers:http://www.destinwestrvresort.com is the new RV resort at Leeside Park. Another great option (part of Destin West) and you can pull your boat up to your RV...
The club will also have room for campers, but no hook-ups.
I know we've got at least 6 boats so far (with 4 more that I'm hoping to get off the fence...) There are only a few places like this in the US, where you can bring your family down, let them hang on the beach while you race, and then re-engage with them at the end of the day. There may also be overlap with Spring break for those of you who are inclined to stay the whole week.
I'll post more logistics as things get firmed up, but here's a starting point for you all... Please let me know if you are thinking about coming, so I can plan logistics better. This will be old school Southern hospitality for those attending, with some great racing. I can't wait to see you all as part of the second key event in the Gulf series...
Linkoln Park Wetas