2020 Orange Bowl Youth Regatta
Published on December 30th, 2020
The 2020 Orange Bowl International Youth Regatta was held December 26-30, hosted by Coral Reef Yacht Club in Miami, Florida. Participants between the ages of 8-18 sailed in Optimists, Lasers, Laser Radials, Laser 4.7s, and 420s.
Lester Johnson introduced the idea of a youth regatta on Biscayne Bay through the established name of the Orange Bowl Regatta in 1978. The purpose of the youth regatta was to organize a youth sporting event during a time when families were looking for a fun pastime during their winter break. The Orange Bowl International Youth Regatta has continued through today representing more than 40 years of promoting youth sailing.
The Orange Bowl International Youth Regatta is part of the many sporting events associated with the Orange Bowl college football game each year in Miami. Sailors between the ages of 8 to 18 years old can compete.
In the past five years, this regatta has reached higher international proportions, attracting competitors from 25 countries and from 29 states in the U.S. This is the largest youth sailing event in North or South America and the second largest event of its kind in the world. The regatta has competitors from as far away as Israel, Japan, Europe and South America.
The regatta has been able to thrive through generous support from the U.S. Sailing Center and Shake-A-Leg Miami, in partnership with Coral Reef Yacht Club, to create an optimal sailing venue for our competitors. Generous financial support from companies has also enabled this event to grow and become what it is today.