The history of Midwinter entries clearly shows the gain in popularity of sailboat racing. From 1930 to 1960 an approximate total of 17,000 skippers and crew took part in the Midwinters. During the next thirty years, the total number of skipper and crew participants grew to an estimated 75,000 or more. Regattas don’t just happen, so through the years many people have staffed the Midwinter Regatta committee to handle planning, coordination, publicity, trophies, etc. and host clubs have provided race committees, protest committees and hospitality, which adds a significant number of people to the total participants. The tradition is clear, the SCYA Midwinter Regatta has done a bang up job in opening the racing season; let’s keep that tradition alive.

The Regatta and Sailing’s Growing Popularity