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Harvest Moon Regatta

This open offshore regatta was founded in 1986, and takes place in mid-October each year. There is room for more than 200 yachts, although about 100 boats typically participate. This Category 3 event is open to all racing, cruising, spinnaker and non-spinnaker sailing craft with a minimum length of 27 feet, and a minimum crew of four able-bodied people.

The Harvest Moon Regatta - Galveston, TX

Unlike races that head out across the open Gulf, this event stays close to shore. The starting order for the race is set by the speed of the boats, which allows the fleet to remain closer together. With an event designed to keep all the yachts, in a group close to shore, it is much safer for all participants than many other races.

The Harvest Moon Regatta - Galveston, TX

The starting point is located at the Flagship Pier in Galveston, on a Thursday, and the regatta ends in Port Aransas, on a Saturday. This is a course of about 150 miles, which is usually about 20 to 25 hours of sailing time. There is an informal race home on the following Monday, or boats can return whenever they choose. 


The Harvest Moon Regatta - Galveston, TX
A Small helicopter oversees the Regatta


The Harvest Moon Regatta - Galveston, TX


The Harvest Moon Regatta - Galveston, TX
The heart of the beach along the Seawall
 as seen from The Flagship Pier



The Harvest Moon Regatta



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