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The Sugar Bowl Football Classic has been a part of the national sports scene for over 80 years, welcoming fans from around the country to the city of New Orleans each New Year’s season. However, there is another Sugar Bowl event which has been in existence for just as long, and within its own arena, it’s recognized as one of the premier national yachting events – the Sugar Bowl Regatta.

On Thanksgiving Friday and Saturday (November 24-25), the third Sugar Bowl Sponsored Regatta event of the year, the Optimist Midwinters, will be contested on Lake Pontchartrain. Optimist sailors are assigned to a “Fleet” according to age. The “White Fleet” includes skippers who are under 10 on the opening day of the Regatta. “Blue Fleet” skippers are 11 or 12 years old and “Red Fleet” skippers are 13-15 years old. The Optimist Midwinters are expected to include 120 sailors and their families in town for the event.

2017 Regatta Events
J/30 North American Championships: October 19-22, 2017
Great Oaks High School Regatta: November 18-19, 2017
USODA Optimist Mid-winters: November 24-25, 2017
High School: December 2-3, 2017
PHRF, One Design, Race of Champions & Board Boats: December 2-3, 2017
Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate: December 30-31, 2017

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