Two years ago, Kona USA and the Guy Harvey Islander found the winning formula for a World-class championships. Kona brought the balanced and tight competition that has become the standard over the past ten years. And the 22-acre Islander Resort with beach-level villas provided the social interaction, enhancing the Kona spirit and camaraderie. Not to mention the two oceanfront swimming pools, a hot tub, shuffleboard, volleyball and a lighted, 200-foot fishing pier with amazing views of local marine life. With many of the meals being served right on site, it provided a unique and complete vacation package for Kona families.
Islamorada lies halfway between Miami and Key West, less than two hours from Miami International Airport. It offers a variety of activities from diving and snorkeling to offshore and back-country fishing. Located nearby is a sea aquarium, diving museum, art galleries and numerous purveyors of tropical cuisine. The average air temperatures in early November are 82º F/28º C during the day and 72º F/22º C during the evening. The water temperatures are 79º F/26º C. Average wind speeds are 12 knots. Any question why we wanted to return to Islamorada and the Guy Harvey Islander?
Registration is Now Open
Guy Harvey’s Islander Resort has reserved a block of rooms at a discounted rate for the Kona World Championships. When you call reservations at 305-664-2031, just give them the check-in date and the group name, Kona World Championships or the Group Code which is KONA. They will also honor these discounted rates for up to three nights before and three nights after the regatta. While the Islander should accommodate the majority of Kona racers and families, they also have the Bayside Townhomes nearby which offers two bedroom suites.
While Miami International is the closest major airport to Islamorada, Fort Lauderdale is only an additional half hour further and serviced by many of the discount, domestic airlines. Besides renting a car, there are several shuttle fleets that service Islamorada from both airports.
A limited number of boards and rigs will be available for charter, so make your reservations early. Subsequent to the regatta, the charter boards/rigs may be purchased. For preorders, charter booking, and spare parts, please contact: Sherry@progressivesports.com, 386-760-9926.
Tune-up for the Worlds
The Clearwater Community Sailing Center will host the 2016 Kona Gulf Coast Championships on October 22-23. It will be a great way to acclimate to the Florida sun and warmth, tune up your Kona and check out your competitive skills and tactics. We are working on a charter package that you can sail in Clearwater, then have it transported to the Islander for additional prep before the Worlds.