PENSACOLA OFFERS A BRAND NEW MELGES 24 PRE-WINTER CHAMPIONSHIP WARM-UP TO BACARDI, NOVEMBER 17-18
Pensacola Yacht Club invites all Melges 24 owners to a new Pre-Winter Championship hosted by PYC on Pensacola Bay November 17-18, 2018
The Pre-Winter Melges 24 Championship is offered two weeks before the first regatta of the Bacardi Invitational Winter Series. This will give you the opportunity to get two days of championship racing under your keel before heading to down the long road to Miami. Boats may be stored on PYC grounds between regattas.
Pensacola Yacht Club, home to the Melges 24 Pre-Winter Championship, boasts 22 acres of private waterfront property, a hoist and deep boat ramp for launching keel boats, a 250 foot wide beach for dinghy and board launching, a refreshing pool for cooling down, and a prize winning bar and grill for chilling out.
About Pensacola Yacht Club
Pensacola Yacht Club is a championship sailing venue on approximately 22 acres at the mouth of Bayou Chico just west of downtown Pensacola, Florida. Part of that area is approximately 250 feet of sparkling white beachfront property on Pensacola Bay adjacent to the marina in Bayou Chico.
PYC has been the site of numerous one design and handicap championships over the years. These include the 2000 USODA Nationals, and the inaugural Gulf Coast Championships in 2010 and the highly successful 2013 USODA Southeast Optimist Championships and the 2015 USODA Optimist National Championships which drew 320 sailors to the competition. The 2018 Optimist Nationals, just completed, drew 301 sailors and featured an opening ceremony keynote presentation by the team from the AC36 NYYC American Magic Challenge.
PYC hosts the Junior Olympic Sailing Festival every year near the Fourth of July. PYC hosted the US Sailing Single Handed Championships in 2010. We hosted several Flying Tiger East Coast Championships, and the Flying Tiger Nationals were held at PYC in 2011. The club hosted the Ultimate 20 Nationals in 2012, and the Thistle Nationals in 2011. In 2009, PYC hosted both the Corsair Nationals and the Snipe Nationals. Also in 2009, PYC hosted the Junior Lipton Championship, the Gulf Yachting Association’s Junior Championship.
PYC has ample dining and banquet facilities in the clubhouse and two ballrooms. The Watson Sailing Center overlooks Bayou Chico. The club itself has twenty-two acres for camping, rigging, and a hoist, deep-water ramp and beach for launching. There's also a large swimming pool, and a children’s play area.
Club dining is certainly praiseworthy and the Grill Room Bar was recently voted the Best Yachting Bar for 2017 in international competition. The PYC marina has been totally rebuilt and modernized. Construction was completed in the late spring of 2018.