Winter Classic Yacht Event!
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This was one of the premier events this past winter season.
The Palm Beach Regatta is the go to event for antique and classic yacht enthusiasts. Even the casual observer will delight in its content as many of the events are free to the public. It is the perfect way to kick off the new year.
Who: Presented by Camelot in West Palm Beach
What: Palm Beach Vintage Regatta
Where: The Landings and Middle Dock, Downtown West Palm Beach, FL
THE STORY: HOW TO BUILD A CLASSIC YACHT REGATTA
In October, an antique boat restorer and a nightclub mogul got together to catch up over coffee and the next thing you know, they decided to put on a show, the Feb. 21,2015 Palm Beach Vintage Regatta on West Palm Beach’s Intracoastal Waterways and the Downtown West Palm Beach Flagler Drive Waterfront and Docks.
Rodney Mayo had poured over Palm Beach’s yachting traditions during the run up to opening his latest venture, the swanky “Camelot” nightclub, which combines JFK and yachting as Kennedy did during his lifetime.
During coffee with Jim Moores, who specializes in antique yacht restorations, Mayo talked about his fascination with the area’s rich yachting history since the area has historically been the playground of the rich.
Back in 1917, there was a yacht regatta or gathering that evolved into the Palm Beach Cup, which was the event to race and be seen during the gilded 1920s.
Moores, who owns a 58’ 1947 Trumpy yacht “Aurora II” happened to have a bronze medallion from the Palm Beach Cup on his own boat.
“Okay, I’m in. Let’s do this. I’ll round up the boats,” Moores said.
There were more coincidences. Moores also had restored the yacht most identified with Kennedy’s presidency, the 1931, 92’ “Honey Fitz,” the eighth and final presidential yacht.
The “Honey Fitz” served five presidents, from Eisenhower to Nixon, but is most identified with the President Kennedy, who named it after his beloved maternal grandfather, John Francis Fitzgerald, a two-time mayor of Boston known as “Honey Fitz” for his charm.
They decided to schedule the event for Feb. 21, the same date as the original Palm Beach Cup, and Moores was able to not only get “Honey Fitz” as an exhibitor but another client, the “Blue Mist,” built in 1917, the year of the first Palm Beach regatta.
More than 20 antique and classic yachts will be on exhibit at the free event open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015 on the Downtown West Palm Beach Flagler Drive Waterfront and Docks.
The history of the Palm Beach Regatta dates back to the early 1900’s. With anticipation and a multitude of participants the original Palm Beach Regatta started what was to become a staple in the Palm Beach Community; boating. Positioned perfectly the shores of these cities have been lined with yachts and vessels of all shapes and sizes. These sightings are more rare than ever these days.
Between great partnerships, great participants, other great events & the support from the community we will hopefully regain the attention of potential boaters and rekindle the flame for the older yachtsman and boaters alike.
We hope that you spread the good word and join us on February 21st, for the 2015 The Palm Beach Vintage Regatta as we invite you to be a part of the Inaugural Antique Yacht Exhibit and Sail Races. Over 20 vintage yachts will be showcased for all to see. Join us at the beautiful downtown West Palm Beach waterfront as we revitalize Palm Beach history for a once in a lifetime opportunity. This is a spectator event and is open to the public.
The Palm Beaches has a long history of being one of the finest yachting destinations in the U.S. with yachts hailing from ports across the globe. Regattas and races are part of our history and date back to the 1920’s. Well, we embrace our past. The legendaryPalm Beach Cup was held right here between the Flagler Memorial and the Royal Park Bridges. In years past, the docks were alive with some of the most magnificent works of art handcrafted of wood. Many of these beautiful yachts still exist including “HONEY FITZ”; The Presidential Yacht, which served five United States Presidents, and many other distinguished yachts with be on display.The City of West Palm Beach’s Flagler Drive docks provides a perfect setting for land displays of watercraft and other exhibits.
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