Great Texas Catamaran Race

Beachgoers are beckoned to South Padre Island for the incredible opportunity to soak up the sun’s rays from the comfort of pristine, white sand beaches. Shoppers, restaurant hoppers and those looking for fun-filled getaway complete with storefront browsing come in the name of the charming ambiance this island provides. But those with their sights set on the horizon and a passion for getting out on the waves come to enjoy sailing in South Padre Island in the name of the Great Texas Catamaran Race. A highlight event of southern Texas for sailors from near and far, the Great Texas Catamaran Race has been challenging the best marine navigators for the past 16-years.

South Padre Sailing – Come Sail Away

This incredible multi-day sailing in South Padre Island competition is not for the faint of heart. Competitors sails from South Padre Island to Galveston over the course of four thrilling days. With only four legs to complete the journey, sailors are tested on their skills, savvy and overall ability to maintain focus when the journey is long. Professional teams as well as up and coming enthusiasts make this race a must-experience event. With the return of the Worrell 1000 competition in 2019, the next Great Texas Catamaran Race is slotted for a June 17, 2020 sail date.

Race Specifics

As sailors depart South Padre Island on day one of the race, they begin their first leg consisting of 91 nautical miles to Mustang. Day two takes competitors another 91 nautical miles to Matagorda Island where they’ll rest up for the next day’s journey. Day three requires a 50 nautical mile trip to Surfside Beach while day four is filled with the remaining 40 nautical miles to reach Galveston and the finish line.


Participants interested in competing in the Great Texas Catamaran Race can register beginning April 1, 2020. The cost of entry is $445.00 per participant and $545.00 for those that register after May 1st. An award dinner for the sailor and crew is included with the price of entry as well as race apparel and a boat satellite tracker. It’s important that all participants have liability boat insurance in place prior to racing.

Enjoy a Pre-Sail Stay

Head to South Padre Island before the big day and enjoy a relaxing stay and some amazing South Padre sailing! The team at Franke Rentals will help you book the ideal vacation rental so you can rest up in style before hitting the high seas. Contact us today to start planning the perfect pre-sail getaway to South Padre Island.