The weekend of November 5th marked the 4th year that Cats Point Regatta has taken place in St. Petersburg, Florida. Cats Point Regatta serves to bring back the spirit of the “water-borne past” and without a doubt Ships’ 912 and 915 have accomplished this feat. Under the guidance of Bruce Rodgers, Skipper of Ship 912, this event brings over 100 Sea Scouts and Venturers together into a knowledgeable, friendly, and educational environment. While fun and safety were the highest priorities, this Regatta combined land and sea events such as “See Hear and Speak No Evil,” “Flotsam and Jetsam,” and “Yawl Ketch This.”  The sailing races, which occured simultaneously with the land events, consisted of several two-man “Watch” crews sailing Catalina 16.5’s, followed by Sunfish races in the afternoon.  As well as offering events for the youth, Sea Scout Adult Leader Specific Training (ALSC) was offered for the adult leaders wanting to better themselves and the Sea Scout Program. After the competition ended on Saturday, a special flare demonstration and fire extinguisher exposition was offered to educate participants in the importance of fire safety. As a whole, this last weekend was focused on the education and advancement of Sea Scouts while keeping a strong foundation in the fundamentals of Sea Scouting. This Regatta welcomes any Ship or Crew wanting to have fun and learn something along the way!

Billy McElligott
Southern Region Boatswain
Ship 956 – Dunedin, FL