The Rudder Club of Jacksonville
8533 Malaga Ave., Jacksonville, FL 32244
   The 65th annual MUG RACE 

5 May 2018





The Rudder Club of Jacksonville is hosting the 65th annual Mug Race, touted as the longest river sailboat race in America. 

35 miles along the beautiful St. Johns River has challenged thousands of sailors as they test their skill against the mighty river, fellow competitors and iffy weather conditions. Boats compete for the coveted Mug or to win one of the 50 class trophies.


Event site:


Start up Line

The Marina in Palatka is still feeling the effects of last year’s hurricane Irma, therefore the starting line has been moved to Crystal Cove Resort, 133 Crystal Cove Dr, Palatka, 2.9 miles north of last year's start. 
Sailors can dock, dine, sleep and launch at the same location. Crystal Cove Resort reservations: (386) 325-1055. 

  • Boats are eligible so long as their mast is less than 44 feet and can fit under the Shands Bridge.
  • Weather conditions are unpredictable; racers are advised to dress for all weather.


  Dates to remember

  • Thursday night May 3, Green Cove Springs Marina hosts the Half-Way Party. GCS Marina has been throwing the best Half-Way party for years. A great chance to meet the Mug Race Organizers and fellow sailors with plenty of food, music and beer. 
  • Friday night May 4 festivities start at the Crystal Cove Resort.
  • Saturday May 5 - Race start 8 am
  •  Saturday night May 5, plan on joining the Rudder Club for the after race party.  
  • Sunday May 6 at 8 am is the famous Mug Race Regatta Breakfast followed by the Trophy Ceremony.

Race Chairman:

Larry Wagner 904-955-2361