2024 Regata del Sol al Sol Registration Closing Soon

The deadline to join the 52nd historic Florida-to-Mexico race is April 1.
Sky sailboat
Aboard the 57-footer Sky en route from Tampa Bay, Florida, to Isla Mujeres, Mexico, in the 50th running of the Regata del Sol al Sol. Herb McCormick

St. Petersburg Yacht Club has announced “last call” to register for the 52nd sailing of the Regata del Sol al Sol, an open yacht race from St. Petersburg to Isla Mujeres, Mexico.

The open-water race across the Gulf of Mexico will feature sailboats, a minimum of 30 feet long with either ORC or West Florida PHRF handicaps. Events begin April 25, 2024, in St. Petersburg with seminars and a street party send-off.

Racing starts Friday, April 26, 2024, in the vicinity of the St. Petersburg Pier. The fleet races 456 nautical miles to the island of Isla Mujeres, off the coast of Cancun, in Quintana Roo, Mexico. Arriving racers may be greeted as early as Sunday and a week of events are planned in Mexico. The top three finishers in each class, an overall champion and other honors will be celebrated with awards at a dinner scheduled for May 3, 2024, in Isla Mujeres.

The historic race began as a challenge for open-water sailors after the St. Petersburg-to-Havana race could no longer be sailed to Fidel Castro’s Cuba. In its five-decade history, the race has recorded seconds-tight finishes and harrowing crossings. Today, it features GPS tracking devices to ensure boats arrive and return safely. The race was sailed annually until 2018, when it became a bi-annual event.

For more information about the race or to register, see the Notice of Race on yachtscoring.com. Other information can be found on the regatta website. The race can also be followed on Facebook.