Hundreds sail in River Romp Ragatta on Caloosahatchee River


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Hundreds sail in River Romp Ragatta on Caloosahatchee River

By Sara Belsole. CREATED Oct 20, 2013 - UPDATED: Oct 21, 2013

FORT MYERS, Fla. - It was a beautiful day on the Caloosahacthee River for the annual River Romp Regatta, but one thing was missing: the wind.

"I like light winds, I do very well with light winds, but I don't do good with like no wind at all," 11-year-old sailor Sebastian Requelme said.

Those conditions come with the terrirotry in the sailing world, but it's not enough to ruin this year's races. Sanctioned and sponsored by the Junior Olympics, it's one of 30 regattas of its kind in the US and the biggest in Florida.
"We have 420 sailors out there from ages 8 to 18 years old," Ross Webb, Founder of the Edison Sailing Center, said.
A large number of sailors means a lot of visitors to Fort Myers and a nice boost to the local economy.
"We fill up every motel around this area every year," Webb said.
20 sailors from Lee County's Edison Sailing Center hit the water this weekend, like Paul Callahan's twin sons.
"It's a great family sport because everyone gets to share a lot of responsibilities and understand teamwork and leadership," Callahan said.
Not to mention an opportunity to follow in Dad's footsteps.
"I sailed in the paralympics twice so they have sailed a lot with me but they are quicker learners than me," Callahan said.
And doing well in regattas now, could mean smooth sailing when it comes time for college.
"When they go to college they can present this to their colleges they can get scholarships and get into college easier," Webb said.
But there's more to it than that.
"Sailing isn't always about competition, it's also fun," Requelme said.
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