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SailFest Fundraiser

Join us for the first annual SailFest, a celebration of Nauticus’ signature program, Sail Nauticus. The community is invited to raise funds on and off the water in support STEM and leadership development for the youth in our community. The fundraiser includes a regatta open to all skill levels using Sail Nauticus’ fleet of Harbor 20 sailboats followed by an awards ceremony and Pier Party.

Cofer Cup | 12 PM – 2 PM: Register to race aboard our fleet of Harbor 20 sailboats along the Elizabeth River. Each team must have one person acting as skipper who has passed a Sail Nauticus skipper’s test. The Cofer Cup is followed by a Pier Party and awards ceremony. Learn More

Corporate Challenge | 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM: Community supporters are invited to join us as sponsors! Benefits include registrations into the Corporate Challenge, a fun and unique race for your staff/clients to take the helm of our Harbor 20 sailboat. Become a Sponsor!

Pier Party | 3 PM – 7 PM: Join in on the fun on Nauticus’ cruise pier for local eats/drinks, live music, games and more while cheering on event sponsors as they compete in a corporate sailing challenge. Must be 21+ to consume alcohol, ID’s will be validated at check-in. Learn More

All proceeds and sponsorships directly support the mission of Sail Nauticus and are tax-deductible through the Nauticus Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit. Sail Nauticus develops leadership and academic success through the art and science of sailing to underserved youth in Hampton Roads. Sail Nauticus programs includes the flagship Sail Nauticus Academy, sailing memberships, skills clinics, group outings, summer camps and more.

Thank you to our sponsors:

Title Sponsor: Wolcott Rivers Gates

Corporate Sponsors: Rivers Casino Portsmouth, The James Barry-Robinson Institute Virginia Maritime Association, Hampton Roads Shipping Association, Southern Bank, Virginia Pilot Association, Ware Insurance

Beer Sponsor: Elation Brewing Co.

Chip & Sip Sponsor: T. Parker Host