Fort 2 Battery sailing event scheduled Saturday

Bora Gulari won last year's Fort 2 Battery sailing race in just under 9 minutes. Photo provided.

Don’t blink or you might miss Saturday’s Fort 2 Battery sailing race.

Approximately 80 sailors have registered for sailing’s version of the X Games, a straight-line drag race from Fort Sumter to the finish line at the Battery. The event is scheduled for a 3 p.m. start.

In the 2014 Fort 2 Battery,, Bora Gulari of Bayview, Mich., bested a fleet of 55 racers, covering 3.8 miles in 8 minutes, 56 seconds. The last-place boat finished in approximately 14 minutes.

Gulari is not competing this year. He sailed a carbon-fiber Moth sailboat that rides a hydrofoil at speeds in excess of 30 mph. In addition to Moths, this year’s event also will feature hydrofoil kiteboards, catamarans and wind surfers.

“This year’s race will be the biggest race of this type in the U.S., maybe the hemisphere,” said Fort 2 Battery organizer Tim Fitzgerald. “If we have a good breeze, it will be really exciting.”

Fitzgerald said the Fort 2 Battery race was modeled after a similar event in San Francisco, the Ronstan Bridge to Bridge race that sails from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Bay Bridge.

If bad weather is an issue, the event will be delayed until Sunday, Fitzgerald said. A final call will be made Friday evening by 9 p.m. It will be posted at facebook.com/fort2battery.