Stuart, Fla., to Roar with Excitement as Powerboat Racing Returns to Area

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The Waterfront Properties and Club Communities neighborhoods of Sewall’s Point will get an up-close view of the Stuart Sailfish Regatta.

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For additional information about the Stuart Sailfish Regatta, call 772-220-0444. For additional information about Waterfront Properties and Club Communities, call 772-287-7676.

Start your engines, grab the sunscreen and get ready for a day at the races! The Stuart Sailfish Regatta is the place to be April 20 and 21, 2013, as the sport of powerboat racing makes a roaring return to Martin County.

More than 75 teams are expected to enter the Stuart Sailfish Regatta that includes inboard and outboard classes, Jersey speed skiffs that perform up to 70 miles per hour and supercharged 1,500-horsepower Grand Prix hydroplanes with speeds up to 170 miles per hour. The 1.1-mile racecourse is on the north side of the Stuart Causeway, visible by those with homes on the Indian River.

Several of the neighborhoods Waterfront Properties and Club Communities specializes in will have front-row seats to the Stuart Sailfish Regatta, including Sailfish Point and Sewall’s Point. For those who don’t have waterfront property in Stuart, paid spectator viewing and seating will be available on top of the bridge, along with free activities for children, vendors showing off boating- and marine-related supplies, luxury automobiles, homebuilding supplies and a Vintage Alley display by Rusty Sedlak, the past president of the Stuart Sailfish Regatta, which will chronicle the evolution of the powerboat and the American Power Boat Association Challenge Cup.

The Stuart Sailfish Regatta officially is sanctioned by the American Power Boat Association and will attract some of the top-tier powerboat racers from the nation, as well as a team of Canadian Grand Prix boats. Tickets cost $12 and can be purchased at all branches of Seacoast National Bank branches from Palm Beach north to Vero Beach. They also can be picked up at Chillin the Most at the Beach,” a restaurant near the Hutchinson Island condos for sale across from Jensen Beach.

On the days of the event, gate entrance is $15, and children 10 and younger get in free. Military personnel pay $10.

For avid Stuart Sailfish Regatta spectators, VIP tickets are limited but available for $50, or $75 for both days, that include special seating, pit access, and food and beverages.

The Stuart Sailfish Regatta kicks off April 19 with the Pit Stop Regatta Rally under the Stuart Causeway, sponsored by Stuart magazine and the Stuart Jet Center. Guests will enjoy music by a Van Halen tribute band while mixing and mingling with the race teams.

Because of all the offshore action, the Stuart Causeway will be closed to traffic from 7 p.m. April 19 to 9 p.m. April 21. The alternative route for those with homes on Hutchinson Island is the Jensen Beach Causeway and short distance to the north.

Lindsay Nickerson, the Stuart Sailfish Regatta’s event coordinator, has arranged for spectator parking close to the Stuart Causeway, race with free shuttle service. One of those spectator-parking areas is Witham Field Airport, near Willoughby Golf Club.

The Hutchinson Island Marriott Beach Resort & Marina is the official resort of the race and will serve as the site for all activities before, during and after the event.

This year, the Stuart Sailfish Regatta has designated the following charities as beneficiaries: The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast, the Maritime & Classic Boat Museum and the U.S. Sailing Center.

Sponsors include the Martin County Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Martin County Tourist Development Council, the Treasure Coast Sports Commission and the city of Stuart, as well as Martin County’s Sailfish Splash Waterpark. Private sponsors are: All Sports Productions / Stuart Boat Show, Bridge Financial, Captec Engineering, CarPro Auto Spa, Chick-fil-a, Cook Electric, Cowbunga, Crossroads Environmental, Cuozzo Design Group, Duffy’s Electric Boats, Environmental Manufacturing Systems, Express Rolloff Dumpsters, Flint Technologies, Fluid Energy Group, Four Fish Marina, Geminye Design Group, Goldstein, Schmitt and Wade, Healthy Vibes, Heartland Solutions, Hi-Tide Boat and Lifts and Marine Products, the Jensen Beach Chamber of Commerce, Key Lime Cantina, Land Rover, Leighton Security and Construction, the Marine Association of the Treasure Coast, Marland Construction, Premium Trash Services, Pro Boats, the Realtors Association of Martin County, Seabreeze Publications, Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers, Sesolinc, Southern Eagle Distributing, Stuart Business Systems, SunDance Marine, Tiki Tom, Treasure Coast Flight Training, Triton Green, U.S. Paverscape, WHLG-FM, WJKD-FM, WJNX-AM, WPSL-AM, WSTU-AM and WZZR-FM.

For additional information about the Stuart Sailfish Regatta, call 772-220-0444. For additional information about Waterfront Properties and Club Communities, call 772-287-7676.

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