For over 80 years Santa Barbara has celebrated the Semana Nautica Festival.
The festival originated in 1933 when a local challenged the crew of five U.S. Navy battleships to a series of contests along the beach. Dubbed ‘Fleet Week’, the resulting enthusiasm inspired the City Council to charter the event on a permanent basis the following year and change the name to “Semana Nautica” ( in honor of the town’s Spanish heritage).
The sports festival now incorporates hundreds of events, from the extremely challenging to those that welcome participants of all ages and abilities. The events are free of charge and attendees are encouraged to cheer amateur competitors at the many sites in Carpinteria, Santa Barbara and Goleta.
This annual sports festival includes activities such as ocean swimming, age group and masters swimming, fishing, water polo, volleyball, beach biathlon, 15k road race, cycling, sailing, lawn bowling, spearfishing, adaptive paddling, tennis, water polo, inline hockey, basketball, gymnastics, softball, semipro baseball, tug-of-war and the Krazy Kardboard Kayak Race!
New in 2014 is the addition of the inaugural Santa Barbara Transition Games (a triathlon transition training/competition). The festival will also feature an expanded Ocean Water Polo Tournament with two courts next to Stearns Wharf.
Don’t miss the Semana Nautica Summer Art Show, which takes place at the Cabrillo Pavilion Arts Center, 1118 East Cabrillo Boulevard.
Below is a list of the most popular Semana Nautica events:
Sunday – 06/30/2014
78th Santa Barbara Tennis Open Tournament
Municipal Tennis Courts & Pershing Park
7:00AM to completion
Saturday – 07/5/2014
2014 Santa Barbara Open Beach Water Polo Tournament
• Stearns Wharf
9:00AM to 5:00PM