Saturday, September 10, 2016

J/24 Downeast Regatta Preview

Women J/24 sailors in Maine (Portland, ME)- This year's J/24 Downeast Regatta will be the 30th Anniversary of the Regatta and the J/24 State of Maine Championships, sailing from September 10th to 11th on the beautiful waters off Portland, ME.

The Portland YC regatta organizers expect strong participation both this year and next year with the close proximity to the 2017 Worlds and 2016 Nationals both within driving distance to our site in southern Maine. On average, the Downeast Regatta sees 30 boats and about 6 races with very strong competition and has a great sailing area with flat water and consistent winds.

As has been the long-standing tradition, PYC members provide FREE hosted housing to boats from away on a first-come, first-serve basis!  A low, all-inclusive, entry fee provides great meals, drinks, entertainment and awesome sailing for the best value in sailboat racing found anywhere in the world!  Get this, the early entry fee was only $230.30 (yes, down to the penny matters!) and includes:
  • Launch & Haul of your ultra-cool J/24 racing sailboat!
  • Snacks, Beer and Chili on Friday (when you are launching)
  • Twin Lobster Dinner on Saturday (per person!)
  • Live Musical & Dancing on Saturday Evening (mandatory, or get a DNC tomorrow!)
  • BBQ Dinner on Sunday at haul out location (to “die for” ribs- fresh cow!)
  • “Gritty's Beer” and Mixed Drinks all weekend (like lots of this stuff)
  • Breakfast Saturday and Sunday (you will need it to stay focused!)
This deal simply cannot be beat, no wonder it was only available for a short time!  And, this year the regatta was restricted to the first 30 boats to register!

And, 30 for 30 entries it is!!  From all over the northeast- Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, Massachusetts!!

Those lucky crews include: Carter & Molly White’s SEA BAGS SAILING TEAM, Tim Corbett’s ESKIMO SISTERS, Nate Huber’s WATERBORN TRANSPORTATION FACILITATOR, Andre Carey’s MR HANKEY, Groves Dinning’s BREW HA HA, John Wells' SHELDON-J, Denman/Smith’s AIRODOODLE from Marblehead, Chris Clancy’s LITTLE MARTHA, and Lee Buress’ ON THE BEACH from Newport.  Fun will most certainly be had by all!  You can track them all going around the race course with US Sailing’s partner- SAP Sailing Analytics   For more J/24 Down East Regatta sailing information.