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The Allstate Sugar Bowl was scheduled to host five regatta events in 2021. Regatta, or sailing, has been a part of the Sugar Bowl event repertoire since its inception in 1934. All events take place on Lake Pontchartrain with the Southern Yacht Club and the New Orleans Yacht Club serving as the headquarters.

Sugar Bowl Regatta

The next Sugar Bowl Regatta event will be the Allstate Sugar Bowl Regatta on November 13-14 – this includes PHRF, One-Design and the annual Race of Champions. Hosted by the New Orleans Yacht Club (NOYC) for 2021, racing is schedule to begin at approximately 10:30 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. The best viewing will be from the breakwater on Breakwater Drive. Trophies will be presented in the club each day at the end of racing. One Design classes race on Saturday, while Handicap classes race on Sunday. The Gulf Yachting Association (GYA) Race of Champions will be contested both days.

The Great Oaks High School Regatta will take place on November 20-21. Hosted by the Southern Yacht Club is the host club, this is a high school regatta with schools from around the country competing. Racing starts at approximately 10 a.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. on Sunday. No race will start after 4 p.m. on Sunday. Best viewing will be along the breakwater on Breakwater Drive or from inside the Yacht Club. On Saturday, the fleet will be randomly divided into two groups for the qualifying round that will compete round-robin style and rotate between the boats, which are chartered from the Community Sailing Center. On Sunday, the top half of each group from the first day’s racing will be the Gold Fleet for the Championship Round. The Silver fleet will consist of the remaining schools. Trophies will be presented after racing on Sunday.

On November 25-27 (Thanksgiving Weekend), the Sugar Bowl and the Southern Yacht Club will host the Optimist Midwinters Regatta with over 200 optimist sailors from around the country (and some international) compete in three different age categories – under 10 years old, 11-12 years old and 13-15 years old. The first race is approximately 10 a.m. each day with no race to start after 2 p.m. on Sunday. A key highlight is the Harbor start at 9 a.m. each day when all 200-plus boats leave the harbor at once. Best viewing will be along the breakwater on Breakwater Drive or from inside the Yacht Club. Trophies will be presented after racing on Sunday. The optimist fleets are randomly divided into divisions for the qualifying round and the top sailors make up the Gold Fleet for the Championship Round. The Silver Fleet will consist of the remaining sailors. This year’s event is a USODA Team Trials Qualifying event for the 2002 U.S. National Team and ODP2 Program.

The final event of the 2021 regatta schedule will be the Allstate Sugar Bowl High School Regatta on December 4-5. Southern Yacht Club is the host club for this high school regatta featuring mostly local high school teams. Racing starts around 10 a.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. on Sunday. No race will start after 4 p.m. on Sunday. Best viewing will be along the breakwater on Breakwater Drive or from inside the Yacht Club. Trophies will be presented after racing on Sunday.

The Sugar Bowl Regatta has always been one of the premier yachting events in the United States,” said Barton Jahncke, Olympic Gold Medal winner and multiple Sugar Bowl Trophy winner. “It has given young sailors, from the Optimist class through high school and intercollegiate levels, the opportunity to learn how to compete at a very high level. The Regatta is extremely well-organized and is held in high regard by national and international competitors alike.”

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