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SailFest: Pier Party

Boats, Brews & Waterfront Views

Sat., Sept. 24, 2022 | 3 PM – 7 PM

Party on the Nauticus cruise pier with us as we celebrate our sailing community! Family friendly event – rain or shine.

Event Highlights

Waterfront Views

Beer Sponsor:  Elation Brewing

Sip on local craft beer/wine, enjoy specialty menus from Rodman’s Barbeque, live music from The Brightsmiths, silent auction & more.

Chip & Side – Pier side

Sponsored By: Host Agency, LLC,

Test your luck at hitting our unique water target with bio-degradable golf balls + additional party games to win prizes, like a limited edition SailFest pint glass!

Place Your Bets – sailboat races, games, silent auction & more!

Cheer on event sponsors as they compete in the corporate challenge in front of the pier! Can you guess which boats will win?

Bid on silent auction packages! Enjoy a sailboat cruise from Hilton Head aboard America’s Cup. Relax on the sail or help with the sails! Other packages include a private charter aboard the Schooner Virginia, a WinterFest on the Wisconsin holiday experience, a local restaurant deal and more.

SailFest After Party – Hosted by The Waterside District

Post SailFest head to the official after-party at Waterside for 15% off food to Blue Moon TapHouse, Rocky Mountain Grill, Guy Fieri’s Kiosk, and The Market/Starr Hill Bar. Must show SailFest wristband to Waterside staff to receive discount.

Ticket Price:

$65 per person after Sept. 1. Tickets include 2 drink tickets + food. Additional drink tickets may be purchased at the event.

What Do SailFest Funds Support

All proceeds from SailFest directly support Sail Nauticus’ mission to provide affordable access to sailing, STEM and leadership programs for the youth of our community.

Since its inception in 2014, Sail Nauticus has provided a life-changing experience for youth in our community through a three-year program for middle school students. Through a partnership with Norfolk Public Schools, students are given the opportunity to participate in weekly programming that promotes science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) comprehension career exploration opportunities, and builds leadership and confidence all while learning how to sail.

Video below demonstrates students showing off their sailing skills at the 2021 graduation ceremony:

Inclement Weather

In the event of inclement weather, the Cofer Cup will be rescheduled for September 25, 2022. The Pier Party and Corporate Challenge will occur rain or shine. In the event of inclement weather, ticket holders will be notified.


Parking is available across the street in the Plume Street Garage or the Town Point Garage. Parking onsite is not permitted. On event day, please head to the Nauticus cruise pier (behind Nauticus) for event check-in.

For team regatta or general inquiries, please contact or (757) 823-4242.

For fundraising/sponsorship inquiries and Pier Party details, please contact Nauticus Development Director, Rehn West at (757) 664-1011.

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Presenting 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.