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NOTICE OF RACE: NIMBY XXII, the 22nd Annual "Not In My Back Yard" Road Trip Regatta
Friday, June 22 – Sunday, June 24, 2018
Location: Pensacola
Chairperson: Wright Finney


Notice of Race: NIMBY XXII June 22 – 24, 2018 – Pensacola Beach, FL

NIMBY XXII, the 22nd Annual "Not In My Back Yard" Road Trip Regatta, is scheduled for Friday, June 22 – Sunday, June 24, 2018. We are now in our twenty first year of taking the Shell Point windsurfing "show" on the road to different venues. This year, we're going back to the location of NIMBY III (1999) – Pensacola Beach, FL, albeit at a different venue. The host hotel will be the Paradise Inn, on a north-facing beach on Santa Rosa Sound. The 35 room motel has an on-site bar and restaurant, and you will be able to leave your gear rigged on the beach all weekend. You can walk or bike easily to numerous shops, bars, and restaurants located nearby, including the infamous Flounders and the Sandshaker at which we spent many hours. Some of the "salad days" folks will remember the eventful regatta that we had in the last century, featuring some interesting weather phenomena. We extend a special invitation to our sailing friends from the Florida Panhandle and to those in the Atlanta, Charleston, and Florida East Coast areas to join us at this year's NIMBY. For this event we will return to the location of one of our most memorable past events, and as usual there will be plenty for the non- sailors and kids to do.

Registration: The NIMBY regatta has always been designed to be enjoyable for racers and non-racers alike, with a "No Class" offered along with the traditional racing classes. The registration fee will again be the usual $20, and will include happy hour beverages and a pre-supper party on Saturday, trophies, and an item of some sort with the NIMBY logo. We do ask that everyone who participates in any of the NIMBY activities register for the event to help defray expenses. A registration form is separate from this notice – please print and fill it out and bring it to the event with your payment (there is no early registration required).

Venue: Pensacola Beach is about 200 miles west of Tallahassee, or about 3 – 3.5 hours driving time. Directions for this one are relatively easy. Take I-10 west for about 3 hours, then take the I-110 exit south. I-110 ends at Chase Street, which leads you to East Gregory Street and the Pensacola Bay Bridge (US-98). Follow US 98 south through gulf Breeze and continue on to Pensacola Beach. Follow the road left onto Via De Luna Drive, and look for the hotel on the left (north side of the road. Just before the hotel is the Pensacola Beach Beach RV Resort if you want to camp. If you are bringing a boat you can launch at several places; more information will be forthcoming.

The host hotel is the Paradise Inn located in "downtown" Pensacola Beach. Paradise Inn is a quaint, classic style motel located on Via De Luna Drive Pensacola Beach. The waterfront motel sits on the Santa Rosa Sound side of the island. Just across the street are the emerald blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico and its world famous sugar white beaches. There is an outdoor pool, a private on-site beach, daily continental breakfast, and high speed internet. The private pier is available for boating, fishing, paddle boarding, or swimming. There is an on-site waterfront beach bar and grill, featuring live entertainment during the day and night. The motel has about 40 attractive rooms at a reasonably affordable rate; these accommodations have classic island charm and are one of the best values in the Pensacola area. Windsurfers can be rigged and launched from the sandy hotel beach. We'll run the windsurfing event from behind the hotel. For non-sailors, shops and restaurants are within easy walking distance of the motel, mostly centered on Via De Luna Drive. Again, just park your car and walk or bike to most everything. There are numerous restaurants, shops, and bars about 5 minutes away. Kayaks and paddleboards can be launched from the hotel or from Quietwater Beach about half a mile to the west on Santa Rosa Sound. For the event, I have reserved 12 rooms. There are several types of rooms, as follows: Two queens - $169/night, king or queen - $149/night, and villas that have 3 queens - $199/night. These rates are quite reasonable considering that we're booking right in the middle of their "high season", and gulffront rooms run upwards of $200-$250 or higher. In order to access this block, you will need to call the hotel directly and make the desk staff aware that you are part of the NIMBY windsurfing regatta group (mentioning my name might also help).

The rooms will be held until mid-February. I strongly suggest that you call now and mention the "NIMBY Windsurfing Regatta" on June 22 - 24 for best rates and availability. Note that we get these rates by promising that a certain number of? rooms will be rented, so please register at the Paradise Inn. Any unused rooms will still be open to be booked by our group if needed but will not be secured for you specifically. Any late reservations can be added to the block to receive a discount. Go to the Paradise Inn web site for full details on the motel and rooms: http://www.paradiseinn-pb.com/

Camping Just two doors down from the Paradise Inn is the Pensacola Beach RV Resort, also right on Santa Rosa Sound. For those who want to camp, this is by far the most convenient spot. there is a pool and other amenities. Go to this web site for more information: http://www.pensacolabeachrvresort.com/index.php?page=Home

Boat Launching and Dockage: I encourage folks to bring powerboats to this event, since we will be touring Santa Rosa Sound on Friday as well as following the racers in the bay on Saturday. For those bringing boats, there is a safe overnight anchorage right behind the hotel, also the location of the boat ramp. Other specific options will be forthcoming; there are several nearby marinas with overnight transient boat dockage, but I need to check things out a bit more before recommending any of them. You can also choose to launch and pull out each night, and store your boat in the motel parking lot. Kayaks and canoes are another option for non-sailors who want to explore the shoreline near the motel.

Schedule of Event: The schedule and format will be similar to past NIMBYs. A yachting trip in powerboats to the Santa Rosa Sound and Ft. Pickens will kick off the weekend on Friday at noon (meet in boats behind the hotel). Registration and a welcome happy hour will be held at the motel around the pool early Friday evening. Friday happy hour is BYOB; participants are encouraged to bring an hors d'oeuvre to share. Friday evening supper and entertainment will follow in a venue to be announced.

Racing: will commence on Saturday morning behind the hotel, followed by another happy hour with the traditional "mystery hunch-punch" and supper on Saturday evening. Those who want to hit the town can certainly do so after supper. Sunday will see more racing if the participants desire, followed by the trophy presentation in early afternoon. Racing As far as the racing is concerned, we'll be racing off the beach behind the hotel. The waters in Santa Rosa Sound can range from flat to choppy, depending on the wind speed and direction. The courses will be well-marked. There is some small boat traffic crossing the course, but we will avoid any unnecessary contact with large craft. There will be no offshore sailing, and several chase boats will be at the ready for rest or rescues. We plan to run races for longboards, hybrids, and Kona boards if there is at least 5 knots of wind, adding Formula boards if we reach 8 knots and there is sufficient participation. The courses will be designed to suit the racers, but may include some non-standard configurations which will be challenging but fun.

In the tradition of the NIMBY, we will be continuing a long-standing tradition of featuring one or more long distance races on Saturday. We'll start at the hotel beach and sail a long distance course to a point on the Pensacola Beach barrier island. There will probably be two or more legs in each direction. Depending on the wind direction, we will either reverse the course for the return trip or set a new course back to the launch site. Non-sailors can ask the various chase boat skippers for a ride to the finish line (space available), where we will provide refreshments to the racers during a rest break before the race back. It can blow from 5 to 15+ knots depending upon the sea breeze – sailors might want to bring a variety of equipment to be able to adapt to the conditions. Classes will be determined based upon registrants at the event, but we usually have Longboard and Sport fleets, and we'll add Formula and/or Kona if there is sufficient participation (along with the now legendary "No-Class").

More Informatio: For more details or questions, contact me at wfinney@fsu.edu . Don't delay – reserve your room at the Port Inn now, and thanks for supporting our annual out-of-town road trip weekend, NIMBY XXII .

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