The 20th Annual Conquistador’s Cup Regatta was exactly what founders Dave Hansen and E. David Johnson would have hoped for — almost. There were two great days of racing and three evenings of social interaction. The 55 boats entered is a big turnout by Southwest Florida standards, but still short of aspirations. The original concept of an event for the whole community is still supported by the actions of the Royal Order of Ponce de Leon Conquistadors, 25 local sponsors, and the scores of volunteer race officials and party workers.
Hand-wringing over weather always sets in a week before the event. This year the buzz was “ain’t gonna happen” — too cold and too much wind. If you backed off because of this, you missed some of the best sailing fun to be had around here.
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