Melbourne Yacht Club to Sail 3-Bridge Fiasco on Indian River Oct. 8 in Celebration of 75th Anniversary

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The Fiasco starts at 1 p.m. just north of the Eau Gallie Bridge and will conclude at 4 p.m.

Melbourne Yacht Club is inviting the community to an event on Saturday, October 8 to watch the 3-Bridge Fiasco on the Indian River. The Fiasco starts at 1 p.m. just north of the Eau Gallie Bridge and will conclude at 4 p.m. This event continues the celebration of Melbourne Yacht Club’s 75th Anniversary in the community.

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Melbourne Yacht Club is inviting the community to an event on Saturday, October 8 to watch the 3-Bridge Fiasco on the Indian River.

The Fiasco starts at 1 p.m. just north of the Eau Gallie Bridge and will conclude at 4 p.m.

This event continues the celebration of Melbourne Yacht Club’s 75th Anniversary in the community.

A Fiasco Regatta is a race between bridges, but not a traditional one. The sailboats pass each other in different directions with colorful spinnakers flying, turning abruptly, and creating a spectacle.

Half the boats will sail north to the Pineda Causeway, turn and sail to the Melbourne Causeway, then turn again and sail to the race end at the Eau Gallie Bridge.

The other half of the boats will head south at the start, reversing the course. Good spots to watch the Fiasco include Pineapple Park by the Eau Gallie Library and the Eau Gallie Bridge.

The Fiasco is a fun challenge for the sailors and an event for the public to watch and enjoy. Funds raised by the Fiasco benefit the Space Coast Sailing Education Foundation (spacecoastsailing.org).

This nonprofit supports sailing education for people of all ages, including children and youth, and provides sailing class scholarships to the disadvantaged.

Some 200 families, including individuals and couples, belong to MYC and enjoy the camaraderie of the sailing community, whether they are boat owners or not. Some join solely for the social activities.

All members have access to a fleet of Collegiate 420 sailboats, Sunfish and Lasers for their personal use.

However, MYC is a resource for the community at large in that it offers sailing classes to adults, and children and teens aged 9-17, where the classes are not just for Club members. Water safety is emphasized.

The Fiasco concludes a series of unique races held by MYC – the 11th Annual Commodore’s Moonlight Regatta, the 2nd Annual costumed Pirate Regatta, and the 44th Annual Mermaid (all women) Regatta.

For further information on MYC, go to www.melbourneyachtclub.com or visit us on Facebook.