Also, the Downeast Regatta in 2015 will be the site and event for the 2015 J/24 North American Championship being sailed from September 10-13 (more news here- http://www.2015j24nas.org).
The regatta organizers expect strong participation both this year and next with its close proximity to the 2014 Worlds (Newport) and 2014 Nationals (Buzzards Bay), both about 3.5 hours driving distance to their site in Southern Maine.
On average the Downeast Regatta sees 30 boats and about 6 races with very strong competition. With similar currents and conditions to the Newport World’s inside courses it is a perfect event for tuning your team and boat. Be sure to note that FREE hosted housing for boats is provided to “out-of-town” J/24s on a first-come, first-served basis.
Finally, here’s a deal that can’t be beat anywhere (but, it’s only available for a short time)- the $275 entry fee includes: Launch & Haul, Lobster Dinner on Saturday, Live Musical Entertainment and Dancing on Sunday, Snacks and Chili on Friday, BBQ Dinner on Sunday at haul-out location, Gritty's Beer and Mixed Drinks all weekend, breakfast Saturday and Sunday, two great days of racing, and much more. Better act fast, since this deal ends on August 24th 2014. For more J/24 Downeast Regatta sailing information