Adult Sailing Instruction

Classes Available April 19/20 & 26/27
If you are new to sailing and are itching to get out on the water, come take a class at the Rudder Club. Class sessions are one evening of lecture and two weekends of on the water instruction. For schedules, registration, and additional information, go to the Adult Sailing web page.
(posted April 15, 2014)

The 61st Annual Mug Race

Registration is Open!

Since 1954, sailors have tested their mettle in a one-way distance race between Palatka and Jacksonville, Florida, along the beautiful St. Johns River. Every one of the 38 miles of this race is a challenge of current and fickle wind, but racers return year after year to try for the coveted Mug or to win one of the 100 class trophies.

The 61st Mug Race will be held Saturday, May 3, 2014. The start is in Palatka, Florida, just north of the US 17 Bridge across the St. Johns River. Boats race north along the river passing under the Shands Bridge at Green Cove Springs and finishing just south of the Buckman (I-295) Bridge in Jacksonville. Boats of a wide variety of types are eligible so long as their mast height is less than 44 feet. Sailboards and sailing canoes are welcome, but must provide their own safety boat.This race uses a pursuit start. Slower boats begin racing at 7:30 am, and faster boats start progressively later until the fastest catamarans start at about 10:30 am. All boats must finish racing by 8:15 pm so that we may clear the river as darkness falls.

The Mug Race is also a social event! Thanks to the Putnam County Tourist Development Commission and the efforts of the Palatka Yacht Club and the Rat Island Yacht Club, you will want to come early. Friday evening there will be live music in the park, a beer tent, an oyster roast, and a trolley to ferry you to nearby restaurants and bars.

Registration is open and details are available on the Mug Race page. Both the Notice of Race and the Sailing Instructions are included in the Mug Race brochure


The Rudder Club of Jacksonville was founded in the 1940s and is located on scenic and serene riverfront land near the intersection of US-17 and I-295 (next to the Buckman Bridge).

Perhaps the best kept secret in Jacksonville, Florida, can be found tucked away under a canopy of giant oak trees along the west bank of the St. Johns River.

Through the years, the club has continued to provide both cruising and racing members with a club setting where interest, enthusiasm and experience in the sport of sailing are mutually enjoyed.

Contact Us

New Address:
8533 Malaga Avenue
Jacksonville, FL 32244
904 264-4094
email the office

Office Hours:
Tuesday - Friday
9:30 am - 2:30 pm

Bar Hours:
Saturday 1 - 6 pm
Sunday 1 - 5 pm


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NOAA Charts

Chart 11491#11491 St. Johns River
Atlantic to Jacksonville

Chart 11492#11492 St. Johns River
Jacksonville to Racy Pt

Chart 11487#11487 St. Johns River
Racy Pt to Crescent Lake

Chart 11488#11488 Atlantic Ocean
Amelia Island to St. Aug.