The Atlantic City Race Week Regatta will be back in Atlantic City in July 2012 for the first time in more than 20 years.
"It's been really well received," said Scott Foxman, chairman of Atlantic City Race Week. "There are a lot of people feeling nostalgic about it."
Atlantic City Race Week was started in the 1970s and is sponsored by the Ocean City Yacht Club. In 1991, it moved to Ocean City and was renamed the Heart Cup.
It remained there until 2010, but declining participation and a drop in funding forced the cancellation of this year's event.
But Foxman and the Ocean City Yacht Club have worked to return the event to its Atlantic City roots in 2012.
The regatta will take place July 21-22 at Sen. Frank S. Farley State Marina, owned by Golden Nugget Atlantic City. It has already stirred significant interest.
"Mostly, boats don't sign up for regattas until a month before (it begins)," Foxman, 56 of Linwood, said. "We're seven months before and have 20 boats signed up already."
In Ocean City, the Heart Cup had partnered with Shore Medical Center to be a charity event. In 2012, it won't be for charity as they are just trying to establish the event again.
"We were saying, ‘Let's get it going again,' " Foxman said. "If we get a successful regatta then the following year we can make it a charitable thing again. Our main emphasis is to develop a successful regatta."
Chip Ott, the Rear Commodore for the Ocean City Yacht Club, said the club is anticipating the event to be a success this year.
"We can't tell you how excited we are to have this back again," Ott, 65, of Ocean City said. "As a club we're really excited about doing this and behind them 100 percent."
The event will take place over a weekend and feature four or five races per day. Of the 21 boats registered so far, they vary in length from 24 feet to 40 feet.
They will wait for more participants to enter before speculating on starting times, but Foxman said they have already began thinking of ways for spectators to watch.
"They could probably see from the Boardwalk," Foxman said. "And we might also send out spectator boats. There's a couple things we could do to support this."
Foxman said that Farley Marina is a prime venue because it has a lot to offer both local and traveling competitors. .
"There's a huge area," Foxman said. "There will be live music in the summer, bars and restaurants. It's a very lively place. Also, for racing, it's really great because there's easy access to the ocean. You could be from the marina to the ocean in 25 minutes. It's a really great place to have a regatta."
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Atlantic City Race Week
What: An offshore sailing regatta
When: July 20-22, 2012
Where: Off the coast of Atlantic City and based out of the Sen. Frank S. Farley State Marina.
Info: Go to www.atlanticcityraceweek.com