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Sail away with the Wednesday Night Regatta

Watch the Regatta every Wednesday, rain or shine, from the Lawrence Street T-Head. Photo by JoAnna Kopp

Every Wednesday night of the year, sailors meet at Coopers Alley L-Head and participate in Wednesday Night Regatta. These evening social regattas have been going on for years, for good reason: the race starts at 6 p.m., so sailers and onlookers get fantastic views of the sun setting over Corpus Christi Bay.

Dave Fuertes is a member of the Corpus Christi Midget Racing Fleet (CCMORF), the friendly organization that puts the weekly event together. Fuertes has been doing the Wednesday Night Regatta since 1995. He was brought into it when he met a guy at a bar and was invited out on his boat.

“It’s something nice to do in the middle of the work week,” he said. “If you live in Corpus, you might as well be on the water. My favorite thing about it is just being out with other folks that enjoy sailing. I love the camaraderie of it — it’s fun but competitive.”

Watch the race from the shore at the starting line on Lawrence Street T-Head. Bleachers fill with onlookers when the weather is nice. The race usually comes to a close at 7:30 p.m.

If you would like to be a part of the race, there is plenty of space to hop on a boat as a crew member. The members of the CCMORF always welcome new sailors onboard. To get on a boat, try hitchhiking at the marina for a ride the day of, or send a message on the Facebook page to get in touch with a sailor in advance.

“People think you have to have a lot of money to go sailing, like it’s some yacht-y type thing where you have to wear a Polo,” said Fuentes. “But when you get out there, you realize it’s a lot of work and it’s not so glamorous. The boats are expensive, but they’re always needing crew. Just show up with a six-pack and offer an extra hand.”

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