Who is your dream regatta band?

Published on March 26th, 2020

Saying the Yacht Club de Monaco is swanky is like asking the Curmudgeon if he wants a free drink. Somethings need not be said. But when this sailing club on the French Riviera has Sting and Lionel Ritchie playing at their parties, well, they drop the mic.

But what if your regatta party needed a band, and you were playing with superyacht dollars, what band would your bling buy? Who would groove your people into the night?

The Yacht Rock genre is a thing, and Spotify and iHeartRadio have their play lists. Would you hire Christopher Cross, Eagles, The Doobie Brothers, Styx, Journey, or Van Morrison? The low hanging fruit would be Jimmy Buffet, or would he be the no brainer for this gig? More on Yacht Rock from The Wall Street Journal.

We wanted Scuttlebutt Sailing Club to have a house band, and here are the recommendations submitted:

Some big ideas:

Beach Boys
Bob Seger
Dead and Company
Earth, Wind & Fire
Emelda May-Jeff Beck Band
Grateful Dead
Huey Lewis
Jerry Garcia Band
Jethro Tull
Jimmy Buffett
John Mellencamp
Neville Brothers
Rolling Stones
Stray Cats
The Radiators
UB40 with Big Mountain
Zac Brown Band

Some sentimental favorites:

Asher Otto rocked the 2016 RORC Caribbean 600
Brando at Cowes Week
Cowboy Mouth – New Orleans favorite
Endless Summer Band at Mackinac Island
Galactic. Usually can be found at the Chicken Box during Nantucket Race Week
Hopping Penguins at Chester Race Week
King Bubba FM at the Round Barbados race
Quito Rhymer and The Edge at BVI Spring Regatta
The Blues Brothers (Tribute Band) at Screwpile Race Week
The Fooks
The Iguanas – New Orleans favorite
The Kravats at Melbourne to Hobart Race
The Nancy Atlas Project
The Tutsies
The Wonder Stuff at Cowes Week in 2013 or so.
United Four – Best regatta band from Kieler Woche
Yacht Rock Review

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