Columbus Day in Biscayne Bay

Please Note :There are two separate events in the bay during the Columbus Day Weekend. The first is the Columbus Day Regatta the other is Columbus Day Weekend at Elliot Key. The two events are not connected. They just happen close to each other at the same time.

Columbus Day Regatta

Columbus Day Regatta features nearly 300 different crews, impressing all with the festive time offered during the regatta. The oldest event on Biscayne Bay will be running again as usual, the 57th Annual Columbus Day Regatta. The regatta committee is presenting numerous new venues to revitalize this regatta and bring back the enthusiasm of the past. Come join us and race in the greenest sport on the earth! (The start and finish areas are good for watching the race , following the fleet works too)

Columbus Day Weekend at Elliot Key

WARNING: Don’t go to Elliott Key on Columbus Day weekend if peace and quiet is what you seek. Don’t go there if it bothers you to see adult beverages consumed in prodigious quantities. Don’t go there if you don’t want to see bikini tops doffed for beads and beer. Don’t go there if you are unwilling to be tossed overboard at the slightest provocation or soaked by some of the biggest damn water guns on the planet. (from the National Park Traveler)

NOTE: Elliot Key is closed due to government shutdown. If you go to the park’s website it reads, “Because of the federal government shutdown, all national parks are closed and National Park Service webpages are not operating.” This may mean limited resources to  deal with boating emergencies, out of control boaters and not to mention, environmental damage. All other law enforcement agiencies will be out in force. 

* Personal Watercrafts are not allowed in Biscayne National Park.

*No Rafting of more than 5 boats. Coast Guard Suggestions: Here are a few safety tips to remember before you head out this weekend:


1. Don’t drink and boat. Be responsible with drinks aboard. Designate a “sober skipper” before departing the dock.

2. Remain anchored and on your vessel, particularly after dark. While no official curfew will be in place for the weekend, it is in your best interest to “stay parked after dark.”

3. Check your safety gear to ensure it works. File a float plan with a friend or at a marina. A float plan form can be found at Remember to wear your lifejackets and make sure you have flares and a working VHF-FM marine radio onboard. Another potentially life-saving device to invest in is an Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB).

4. Groundings are costly to your boat, your engine, and the environment. To avoid groundings make sure to have navigational charts or an electronic navigation system onboard and learn to properly use them before you head out on the water.

5. Avoid the shallow areas of the Featherbed Bank. These areas will be lit at night with strobe lights.

6. Help protect marine life, the environment and your boat engine. Dispose of trash and plastic bags properly.

With your cooperation, we can make this a safe and enjoyable Columbus Day Weekend in Biscayne Bay.


Event date :  10-11-2014 12:00 am

Event end date :  10-13-2014 12:00 am

Individual Price :  Free


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