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Nauticus To Host Inaugural SailFest

New event to raise funds and awareness for Sail Nauticus.

Norfolk, Va. (July 28, 2022) – Nauticus announces the launch of the first-ever SailFest to celebrate their signature program, Sail Nauticus. On September 24, 2022, the community is invited to raise funds on and off the water in support STEM and leadership development for students in Hampton Roads.

SailFest, a two-part event, will feature a unique regatta titled the Cofer Cup, followed by a Pier Party celebration on Nauticus’ cruise pier. 

The Cofer Cup invites sailors of all skill levels to form or join a team to race along the Elizabeth River in Sail Nauticus’ fleet of Harbor 20 sailboats. The winning team will have their name featured on the official Cofer Cup trophy and will be displayed for public viewing inside Nauticus’ exhibit halls. 

Following the race, the community is invited to Nauticus’ cruise pier for a “Pier Party” to enjoy an afternoon of games, live music, local food trucks, beer by Elation Brewing Co, sunset views and more. SailFest sponsors will also compete in the Corporate Challenge, a fun and unique set of races led by Sail Nauticus instructors while Pier Party attendees cheer on the winners.

“Participating in this event is an incredible way to experience and support our transformational after-school program, all while having fun!” said Sail Nauticus Director, Sarah Linden-Brooks. “This event will provide a glimpse into how sailing empowers local youth by building leadership and communication skills. Whether you choose to participate on the water, or party on our pier, doing so will make a difference in the lives of Hampton Roads students.”

All event proceeds benefit Sail Nauticus’ programs, including the Sail Nauticus Academy. The flagship program for underserved youth in Hampton Roads provides the opportunity to develop leadership and academic success through the art and science of sailing.

SailFest will be held rain or shine. Cofer Cup registration is $275 per boat and $375 after August 15. Pier Party tickets are $55 per person and will be $65 after September 1. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

Current event sponsors include: Wolcott Rivers GatesPortsmouth River CasinoSouthern BankVirginia Maritime Association, Hampton Roads Shipping Association and Elation Brewing Co.

About Sail Nauticus 

Support for Sail Nauticus directly benefits the Nauticus Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit. Funding provides a life-changing experience for underserved youth in our local community. Our mission is to inspire, instruct, and impact Hampton Roads kids through the use of sailing and maritime sciences. To learn more visit

About Nauticus
Nauticus is a maritime discovery center located along the waterfront in downtown, Norfolk, VA, offering a unique form of experiential learning for all ages. Through interactive exhibits and STEM to STERN programming, Nauticus uses the museum, Battleship Wisconsin, sailing center, and Schooner Virginia to tell the story of the maritime environment, industry, and the military. The Nauticus Foundation is the nonprofit, 501©3 that supports the mission and activities of Nauticus. Nauticus’ mission is to benefit the community through education, impactful experiences, and sharing access to maritime resources. For more information, visit