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Girls, women step into the water for Knost Regatta

The Knotfas, Perfidia and Free Spirit catch the wind during Knost Regatta, August 15, 2015. The Knost Regatta takes place next weekend at the Pass Christian Yacht Club.
The Knotfas, Perfidia and Free Spirit catch the wind during Knost Regatta, August 15, 2015. The Knost Regatta takes place next weekend at the Pass Christian Yacht Club. Ttisbell@sunherald.com

The 79th annual Knost Regatta will sail next weekend at Pass Christian Yacht Club.

Six races are scheduled in the all-women’s regatta, including the one-design Flying Scots and the offshore PHRF class. Four races are planned for Saturday and two on Sunday.

Host PCYC has won a record 29 Knost Regatta titles, including the last two years. Last year, Southern Yacht Club of New Orleans was second, followed by Buccaneer Yacht Club of Mobile.

Free Spirit from the Long Beach Yacht Club won the PHRF Class. Knotfas of the PCYC was second, followed by Good Grocery from PCYC/SYC.

“We have some very talented female sailors who are dedicated,” PCYC Commodore Patrick Burns said. “For some of them, its their biggest event of the year.”

Racing skippers and crew members are limited to females who turned 12 years old before Jan. 1. A team member can sail up to four races.

All team captains, skippers and crew must be members of the GYA Club that they represent for at least one month prior to Aug. 9, 2014. GYA general member clubs in good standing are also eligible to participate.

The offshore PHRF class gets its warning signal at 11:55 a.m. Saturday. The first Flying Scot race begins at 12:30 p.m.

On Sunday, the offshore class sails at 10:55 a.m. with the Scots in action at 11:55 a.m. No male assistance is allowed in the Flying Scot class with the boat in the water. The race committee may grant exceptions by request.

Sailors in the offshore class are competing for the Drury Dragon Schneider Trophy.

Registration will be in the PCYC clubhouse between 9 and 11 a.m. Saturday, followed by a skippers meeting. Flying Scot races don’t have registration fees. The fee for PHRF handicap class yachts are $50.

Flying Scot practice will be held from 12:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. Friday.

A trophy presentation will be held at the conclusion of all races Sunday.

The Regatta is named after the late Bernard L. Knost, whose family are long-standing, devoted and respected members of PCYC.

Bay-Waveland Yacht Club has won the event a second-best 12 times. Biloxi Yacht Club has captured nine Knost Regatta titles, with Gulfport Yacht Club capturing six crowns.

James Jones: 228-896-2320, @_jkjones

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