Rags To Riches Regatta at Grayton Beach Short Video

June 29, 2017 by Molly Parker

“Whenever two sailboats are on the water at the same time,” says Charlie Thornton, “it’s a race.  The captains may not admit it, but each wants to go faster than the other.”

Some things never change.

Last Fourth of July local sailors gathered for the legendary Rags to Riches Regatta, a Hobie Cat Race with a course between Grayton Beach and Seagrove. Seventeen captains showed up with their crew and 16-foot Hobies to negotiate the famously rowdy Gulf.

The regatta had endured a 16-year hiatus, but the success of the 2009 event resurrected a catalogue of memories for those who were around when the race first began all those years ago...

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