Are you ready to see powerboats skip across the surface of the Intracoastal at speeds up to 175 mph? Well if you’re not, it’s time to get ready because the annual Stuart Sailfish Regatta is coming to the area this weekend and record crowds are expected to fill the beaches to watch the yearly extravaganza.
When this year’s Regatta kicks off Friday night with a VIP party, it will return to the shores of Stuart with a following and strong foothold in the international boat racing community.
Not only do the two days of races bring thousands of people out to see the boats skip across the water at 175 mph, it makes a lasting impact on the community as a whole.
Proceeds from the races are donated to the U.S. Sailing Center in Jensen Beach and the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast. Ancillary impacts are even more far reaching than that, said Sergio Nativi, past Regatta president and current treasurer.
Stuart Sailfish Regatta
When: Friday through Sunday. The VIP party in downtown Stuart begins at 7 p.m. on the Riverwalk stage. Racing is Saturday and Sunday, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. Sunday. Both days will run until about 4:30 p.m.
Admission: Tickets to the VIP party, which includes two drinks, appetizers and a boat racer meet-and-greet cost $75. Race day tickets cost $15 before the event for general admission ($20 at the gate) and $60 for Race Day VIP tickets, which include food, two complimentary drinks, live music, premium viewing locations for racing, and pit tours.
“We are expecting between 10,000 and 15,000 people to attend the event this year,” Nativi said. “The Marriott is sold out that weekend. Overall, the Regatta brings about a $2.2 million impact to this community.”
This year’s event will feature eight classes racing in heats on Saturday and finals on Sunday, including the Grand Prix class, which had 13 entries preregistered this year. The most Grand Prix boats — which are the fastest in the field — the Regatta has ever run is 10.
Stuart and the Treasure Coast is an water front paradise, located just 55 miles from the west end of the Bahamas. Known as the, “Sailfish Capital of the World,” by fishing enthusiasts, the Treasure Coast is world-renown for its laid back quality of life centered on beaches, boating, fishing and community.
Waterfront communities in the area, like Harbour Ridge, put an emphasis on that laid-back boater lifestyle and provide their residents with convenient boater amenities. Situated on the North Fork of the St. Lucie River, Harbour Ridge’s shoreline encompasses two miles of beautiful, pristine riverfront. Here, you’ll enjoy the best of both worlds with a secluded safe harbor for your vessel and with easy ocean access just minutes away.
Harbour Ridge is home to three private marinas with a combined 98 slips, ranging in size from 24 to 60 feet. For the non-boaters in the community, the estuary shoreline is also a haven for anglers, as the river is teeming with redfish, snook, tarpon and trout.
An abundance of shoreline and natural beauty keeps generations of families from around the globe calling Stuart home. Miles and miles of waterways invite exploration and adventure. Catch a glimpse of a Florida lobster or large snook swimming the reefs at Bathtub Beach. Share the shoreline with sea turtles and hatchlings, and watch the tarpon swimming along the beach just yards away.
Don’t let another beautiful winter weekend slip away from you. Enjoy all these local events…sunshine included.
Friday February 24, 2017: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Harbour Ridge Open House
An opportunity waiting to be found, this extraordinary waterfront community with two championship golf courses offers the perfect lifestyle for active sports enthusiasts, nature lovers and savvy homebuyers. We invite you to explore the amenities and residential offerings of this private, member-owned club community. From the moment you arrive, Harbour Ridge will leave you breathless. See PDF of participating residences.
Thursday – Sunday February 23 – 26
Honda Classic – PGA National Resort & Spa
Make way for the PGA Tour as it stops for its annual visit to PGA National. A hole-in-one for players and fans alike, as the Champion Course becomes home and host to the prestigious Honda Classic. Played on one of the PGA TOUR’s absolute toughest, this celebrated course features the famous and (often infamous) hardest three-hole stretch in all of pro golf, the legendary Bear Trap. For tickets click here.
Saturday & Sunday February 25 & 26: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
27th Annual Downtown Stuart Art Festival
Over the years, this festival has established itself as one of the main art fairs in Martin County. The Stuart Festival of the Arts is set up along Osceola Street in Stuart’s historic downtown area. This event brings together some of the best artists in the nation, displaying life-size sculptures, spectacular paintings, one-of-a-kind jewels, photography and more. Howard Alan Events offer patrons the opportunity to personally meet with the artists, commission a work of art, and learn what inspires the artists work. For more information on exhibits click here.
Friday – Sunday February 24 – 26: Varied Show Times
The Lyric Theater Shows
From tenors to dogs, these shows will have you coming back for more at this historical downtown Stuart hot spot. Friday and Saturday 3 Redneck Tenors are back again with “Shut Up and Sing!” The three tenors are as classically trained as they are funny. Featuring Matthew Lord, Blake Davidson, and Jonathan Fruge, with music arranged by the award-winning composer Craig Bohmler. Featuring music ranging from country, to gospel, Broadway, and classical, the group is widely celebrated for their hilarious comedy routines blended seamlessly with professional musical numbers. For the dog lover in all of us the Lyric Theater is presenting Mutts Gone Nuts. Mutts Gone Nuts is a unique comedy thrill show featuring some of the most talented dogs you’ll ever see. It is a high-energy, family-friendly show featuring some of the cutest, and most talented dogs in show business. For tickets click here.
Every Saturday Through April: 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Guided Hikes at The Oxbow Eco-Center
Get the nature lover in you out the door to enjoy the beautiful Florida winter. With 225 acres located adjacent to the North Fork of the St. Lucie River, there is a lot to discover at the Oxbow. Join the staff on Saturdays (November through April) from 9 to 10 a.m. for a free guided hike and learn about the interplay of plants and animals that exists in some of Florida’s natural habitats. For more information click here.
Nestled on the North Fork of the Port St. Lucie River, Harbour Ridge Yacht & Country Club provides its residents a unique and casually elegant life experience complemented by a fully comprehensive array of quality services. Bordering two miles of pristine riverfront, Harbour Ridge boasts two championship golf courses, three marinas, and a stunning 45,000 sf club house that plays host to numerous activities and dining options. Residents at Harbour Ridge are able to enjoy everything South Florida has to offer without leaving the comfort of home. For more information on the Open House and living so close to these fun events to you, please call (772) 873-6013, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit http://harbourridgebrochure.com/.