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Save the Date for 2023!

We are excited to announce we have raised over $50,000 on and off the water at the first annual SailFest! Thank you to the racers, community, and our sponsors for supporting STEM and leadership development for the youth in our community. Congratulations to the Cofer Cup First Place Winners: Semper Paratus; Top Fundraisers: Dirty Bottom Girls; Corporate Challenge Winners: Wolcott Rivers Gates; and Academy Regatta Winners: Rosemont Middle School.

Pier Party

Enjoy local eats, craft beer/wine, games, live music, auction, driving range and more!


Create a team to support access to sailing, STEM, and leadership programs for the youth of our community!

Cofer Cup

Teams race along the Elizabeth River aboard our Harbor 20 sailboats to win the official Cofer Cup.

About Sail Nauticus

Youth Programs, Sailing Courses, Membership, Corporate Outings, Schooner Virginia & More

Saturday, September 24

Pier Party | 3 PM – 7 PM

Boats! Brews! & Waterfront Views! Join us for an unforgettable afternoon on Nauticus’ cruise pier. Sip on local craft beer/wine from sponsor Elation Brewing, dine on a specialty menu from Rodman’s Barbeque, enjoy live music from The Brightsmiths, games, pier side driving range by sponsor Host Agency, LLC, silent auction and more!

Early BirdAfter 9/1
Pier Party Ticket$55$65
VIP TicketSponsors Only—–
Tickets include 2 Drink Tickets (craft beer/wine) + food from Rodman’s Barbeque. Additional beverage tickets will be available for purchase. Family friendly event, must be 21+ to consume adult beverages. Tickets are non-refundable, event will be held rain or shine.

Cofer Cup | 12 PM – 2 PM

The Cofer Cup is followed by a Pier Party and awards ceremony. Sold Out!

The Cofer Cup is named in honor of former Nauticus Board Chairman and Sail Nauticus Champion, Captain Bill Cofer.

Corporate Challenge at Pier Party

Time: 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Event sponsors are invited to register their staff/clients for the Corporate Challenge, a fun and unique set of races led by skilled instructors aboard our fleet of Harbor 20 sailboats. No sailing experience required. The challenge will be held just off the Nauticus cruise pier and event attendees will be able to cheer on their favorite team!

The Corporate Challenge will consist of three FUN heats:
  1. Poker Run
  2. Tennis Ball Jousting
  3. Traditional Race

The winning team will have their company name engraved on the official Cofer Cup to be displayed inside Nauticus’ museum.  

Other sponsorship benefits include VIP Pier Party tickets with reserved seating in sponsor tent, additional drink tickets, marketing exposure and more. All sponsorships directly support the mission of Sail Nauticus and are tax-deductible through the Nauticus Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit. Contact Development Director, Rehn West at (757) 664-1011 for more information.

Raise More than a Sail

Create a virtual fundraising team to help us reach our goal of $10,000 to support Sail Nauticus.

Teams registered for the Cofer Cup are encouraged to compete to raise the most funds off the water. The top 3 teams with the most funds raised between June 30 and September 23, 2022 will have the first pick of their preferred Harbor 20 sailboat. The team with most funds raised will also be awarded the title of Top Fundraiser.

Sail Nauticus, a program of the 501(c)3 nonprofit Nauticus Foundation, 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

Chip & Sip Sponsor

Corporate Sponsors

Beer Sponsor

Nauticus’ mission is to benefit the community through education, impactful experiences and by sharing access to maritime resources. Sponsorships are tax-deductible and directly support our mission through the Nauticus Foundation, the 501(c)3 nonprofit of Nauticus.