“Your Majesty, there is no second”
The year was 1851 and Queen Victoria asked “Who was in second” as the yacht America, in the lead, passed by the Royal Yacht who was watching the race. This yacht America was of a radical design, the pointy narrow end was in the front and the widest part amidships.
Next race: September 16, 2018, pursuit weekend
The Gosport Regatta, a destination pursuit race, is a resurrection of races starting back in 1873 at the Isle of Shoals in which the yacht, America, raced in. This race is a fund raiser for both PSA and Star Island Corp. More info click here. On Saturday, the 15th, the Dave Mowers race is also a pursuit race, starting and ending in front of the Portsmouth Yacht Club which presents a different set of skills racing out and back into the river.
After the race: Boats are invited to stay Saturday night in Gosport Harbor. Skippers and crew can spend the night on the boat and have breakfast on island. There will be overnight accommodations available on the island this year. If crew won’t be spending the night, they can ride back on the Thomas Laighton which docks in downtown Portsmouth.
Spectators: The race course is setup for spectators and can be viewed, complete with commentary, from the decks of the Thomas Laighton and from the porches and the gazebo on Star Island. Contact Star Island if you wish to enjoy the experience of a spectator.
The Course: Starts about 1/2 mile or so outside of buoy 2KR and goes to Gosport Harbor at Star Island. Usually the first half of the race is a reach from 2KR to Gosport Harbor and second half is windard/leward legs out and around the islands.
We have 4 fleets competing, two Cruising (non-spinnaker) and two Racing (spinnaker) fleets and the Classic Yacht trophy. The boats have ranged from an 18′ Cat boat, 50+ year old yawls, production cruising boats like Catalina and Hunters, cruisers-racers like C&C and Cal to racing boats such as J24, J105, J120 and J130.
Breathtaking views, food, drinks, chowder, appetizers, entertainment, awards, sunsets, walkabouts on an island six miles off the Maine and New Hampshire coast. Join a couple hundred of your friends, competitors and new friends at the Oceanic Hotel and grounds.