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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

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

Pier Party

Enjoy local eats, craft beer/wine, games, live music, auction, driving range and more!
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Saturday, September 24

Cofer Cup | 12 PM – 2 PM

Register to race aboard our fleet of Harbor 20 sailboats along the Elizabeth River. The Cofer Cup is followed by a Pier Party and awards ceremony. Limited spots available!

Early BirdAfter 8/14
Teams up to 4$275$375
Cost includes Cofer Cup registration for up to 4 people, 2-week trial membership to Sail Nauticus, vessel insurance, Skills Clinic on Aug. 27 and 4 tickets to Pier Party/Awards Ceremony following the race.

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

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, dine on a specialty menu from local food trucks, enjoy live music, games, pier side driving range, silent auction and more!

Early BirdAfter 9/1
Pier Party Ticket$55$65
VIP TicketSponsors Only—–
Tickets include 2 Drink Tickets (craft beer/wine) + One Food Truck. Additional food/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.

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

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.