NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla.- A windy morning made for the perfect day on the water for nearly 300 young sailors competing in the US Junior Olympics Regatta in Fort Myers.
Some of the sailors are from southwest Florida but most traveled in from other cities.
"We travel all around the state of Florida and we go to different events and it's a really good time," said parent Stephen Rasmussen.
Kids from eight to 18 pulled their boats into the Caloosahatchee river just after sunrise.
"Some kids this is their first regatta they've ever competed in. Some of them this is their last regatta that they'll ever compete in," said Edison Sailing Center board member John Yarbrough.
Several rounds of racing lasted through early afternoon. Many of those who are new to the sport said they hoped doing well in this tournament would help them gain experience and put their name on the map. But not without a few bumps in the road.
"You could become competitive. These boats that they are sailing in are in the olympics and if they want to take it to the olympic level they can. They have to work hard to get there," Rasmussen continued.
In addition to the boost in their sailing career, organizers say the hundreds of families traveling in for the event also brought a boost to the local economy.
"We have the hotel and restaurant which means the economic end of it is good for the community," Yarbrough emphasized.
There were three divisions to win in the weekend regatta. This is the 18th year it has been held in North Fort Myers.