Beaufort ~ Santa Elena Sailing Regatta

Event Details

The Santa Elena Foundation and the Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club will be sponsoring the Santa Elena Regatta for PHRF sailboats on March 25 and 26, 2017.This regatta is a combination of the Jean Ribaut Cup which will be sailed on March 25, and the Perdo Menendez Cup on March 26. The Ribaut and Menendez Cups are sailed as separate events and the results from them will be combined to determine the winner of the Santa Elena Regatta. The plan is for the Ribaut Cup to be sailed in Port Royal Sound and the Menendez Cup in the Beaufort River starting at the Waterfront Park.
The regatta is open to boats with a PHRF rating that are at least 22” LOA. Boats that are 18’ LOA and over will be considered on a case by case basis. Trophies will be awarded for both the Ribaut and Menendez Cups as well as to the overall winner of the Santa Elena Regatta.
This event is the major big boat sailing event in Beaufort each year and commemorates 451 years since the founding of Santa Elena on Parris Island in the spring of 1566 . For more information about the historic local significance of Pedro Melendez and Jean Ribaut, and to learn more about the Santa Elena Foundation visit
There will be several social events associated with the regatta including a kickoff Skippers Meeting and cocktail party on Friday night before the racing starts, an Awards Dinner on Saturday night and an Awards Presentation on Sunday after the racing is over. All social events will take place at the Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club.
Full details of the regatta are in the Notice of Race which can be found on the Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club web site at or by contacting Regatta Chairman, Roy Crocker by e-mail at or phone at (843) 838-2453.