Palm Beach County is very proud to welcome the Palm Beach Vintage Regatta for the second big year in a row. It will be presented by Camelot Yacht Club & Moores Marine. You must save the date of February 20, 2016 and savor the opportunity to enjoy beautiful yachts, beautiful weather and one of the most beautiful settings anywhere in the entire nation. Learn all about vintage yachts and tidbits of natural history about vessels, large and small. This fun family festival features vintage yachts at the docks, a land display of smaller antique boats and even admire vintage hydroplanes, a sailboat race, and fuel your appetite with food and beverages which will be available for purchase. There is no admission fee for the event, although VIP passes that include hospitality on the day of the event, can be purchased in advance of the event.
The 2nd Annual Palm Beach Vintage Regatta has been expanded beyond the inaugural event to include land displays of antique runabouts and smaller yachts. A crowd favorite, Jersey Skiff demonstrations and vintage hydroplane racing at speeds of up to 100 mph, will buzz the waters of downtown West Palm Beach just off the show docks.
This year’s vintage fleet also will feature a “memory lane” of sportfishing yachts built by local builder, Rybovich & Sons.
Attendees of the Palm Beach Vintage Regatta will be able journey through the times and designs of the vessel-knowledgeable and innovative Rybovich family, credited with inventing the fighting chair and tuna door in the 1940s. A huge draw for yacht owners to attend the 2016 Palm Beach Vintage Regatta and for VIP Pass-holders to get excited, will be a keynote presentation at the VIP and Captains Award Party on Saturday evening, February 20, 2016. at Camelot Yacht Club, by Michael Rybovich, a member of the family’s third generation, who has carried on its wooden boat-building tradition at Michael Rybovich & Sons locally in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
Many ocean and yachting enthusiasts will certainly remember the 1st Annual Palm Beach Vintage Regatta, held in February, 2015, attracting the likes of more than 35 antique and vintage yachts, inclusive of the 8th Presidential Yacht, Honey Fitz, known as the “Yacht of Camelot” because it was a favorite of President John F. Kennedy and his family. Over 8,000 people attended the event, strolling the docks to admire the vintage wooden boats and learn about each of their histories.
The Palm Beach Vintage Regatta is the brainchild of nightclub and restaurant mogul, Rodney Mayo, owner of the popular West Palm Beach night spot, Camelot Yacht Club, and renowned classic yacht restoration expert, Jim Moores of Moores Marine in Riviera Beach, Florida. Their goal was to return the elegance and grace of vintage yachts to the Lake Worth waterfront with southern pride and boundless ocean enthusiasm.
There is no better place to enjoy Palm Beach Vintage Regatta than right in Palm Beach County at the waterfront. It is the reason why we all love Palm Beach County as ‘the’ waters sports community of South Florida.