The downtown waterfront will be a busy place this weekend with the St. Petersburg Power & Sailboat Show at the Mahaffey Theater and Albert Whitted Park.
This two-in-one show, which continues today through Sunday, will offer the best of both worlds. You will find bargains on the latest fishing and pleasure boats, as well as wind-driven racers and coastal cruisers.
Top manufacturers will include Beneteau, Boston Whaler, Cabo, Carver, Century, Chris-Craft, Edgewater, Formula, Hatteras, Hunter, Island Packet, Larson, Luhrs, Mainship, MJM, Monterey, Ocean, Peer Gynt, Renegade, Sea Cat, Sea Ray, Tiara and Viking.
The show is a great place to take kids because children under the age of 15 get in free, as do active duty and retired military personnel with valid identification.
Show highlights include:
• Kid's fishing clinics: Arrive early on Saturday to register at 10 a.m. for the clinics at noon and 2 p.m. Participants will take home a free rod and reel while supplies last.
• Sailboat rides: The Discover Sailing Program will get you out on the water with family, friends and an experienced skipper as part of this national introduction-to-sailing program.
• Sailing seminars: Learn about everything from navigation to coastal cruising from best-selling authors, magazine columnists, marine weather experts and worldwide adventurers as you sit in the comfort of an air-conditioned tent.
Sunfish Worlds: David Mendelblatt, whose brother Mark has made a name for himself on the international sailing scene in recent years, got his moment in the spotlight recently when he finished third at the Sunfish Worlds in Nassau, Bahamas. Mendelblatt, who sails out of the St. Petersburg Yacht Club, was joined at the race by Eckerd College alum Peter Stanton, who finished fourth out of 72 boats.
Junior News: St. Petersburg Yacht Club junior sailors Mateo Vargas and John Wallace finished first and second, respectively, out of a 22-boat Laser Radial fleet at the Naples Cup on Nov. 13-14. St. Petersburg's Aleksei Calhoun finished sixth overall out of 97 sailors in the green fleet. Fellow SPYC team member Estill Lloyd finished 17th.
Snipe Results: Sixteen boats from around the state hit the waters of Tampa Bay on Nov. 13-14 for the Florida State Snipe Championships. Brian Kamilar and Enrique Quintero finished first overall, followed by Gaston Vadani and David Harrison, all of Miami, and Chris and Antoinette Klotz of St. Petersburg in third.
College News: The recently released Sailing World College Rankings rated the USF women's team 12th in the country and the school's coed team 15th. At the recent Atlantic Coast Championships, the USF women's team traveled to Brown University in Providence, R.I., while the coed team competed at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass.