The Zhik F18 Americas Championship—happening now!—is an international sailboat regatta that will feature up to 60 elite teams, including many sailors vying for spots on their countries’ Olympic teams, competing in the high-performance F18 class catamaran. The event runs tilOctober 23, 2015.

CHR is partnering with event co-sponsor Charlotte County Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources, which runs Port Charlotte Beach Park, the regatta venue. Local sponsors already signed on include the Charlotte Harbor Visitor and Convention Bureau, La Quinta Inn and Suites, Captain’s Table restaurant, the Charlotte County Hospitality Association and Peace River Distributing. The event’s title sponsor is Zhik, a high-end sailing gear retailer. 

Among the other sponsors are Red Gear Racing, Fun in the Sun Services, Goodall Design, the Florida Sports Foundation, Nacra Sailing, Glaser Sails, Dimension-Polyant Sailcloth Technology, Coral Reef Sailing Apparel and Pusser’s Rum. Sponsorships, program advertising and marketing opportunities are still available. Dinner sponsorship are $1,000 and advertising rates begin at $100 for business card ads in the event program, which will be distributed to all competitors. Sponsors receive access to competitors and their families via promotional items in skipper bags, signage at the venue and on the event website. Competitors from North and South America, Europe and Australia will be in the area for 10 days or more and represent a valuable target audience for restaurants, tourism-related businesses, Realtors and retailers.