Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Sail Racing at Boothbay Harbor

We know your summers are going to be packed with amazing events so we would to update you with some great events planned for here in Boothbay Harbor. We would love to have you join us the week of August 5-12, which will be packed with sailing of all levels. 

Friday, August 10, 2012 marks the inaugural edition of the Boothbay Harbor Rendezvous (BBHR) hosted by the Boothbay Harbor Shipyard located in the heart of breathtakingly beautiful downtown Boothbay Harbor. This all inclusive sailing event for sailboats 20’ and over,  promises to be one of Maine’s mid-coast region’s premier events of summer 2012. Held on the Friday before the Shipyard Cup, the Boothbay Harbor Rendezvous, will begin with a “flyover” featuring vintage WW II aircraft. To follow is a guaranteed fun race for all levels and classes of sailors and a post-race gathering that is so very typical of good Maine style and hospitality. The net proceeds from this premier sailing event will go to benefit youth sailing in the Boothbay Region.

Earlier in the week will be two days of Optimist (Opti) racing for Junior racers on Wednesday and Thursday, August 8-9th. The Boothbay Harbor Yacht Club will host the 2012 Maine State Optimist Championship. This is a National Sailing Association (NSA) Junior Sailing event.  They expect between 50 and 75 Opti sailors to participate in this exciting two-day event.  Optis are small, single handed sailing dinghies limited by the Optimist Association Class rules to junior sailors 15 years or younger.  The Optimist is recognized as an International Class by the International Sailing Federation.  It is one of the most popular sailing dinghies in the world with over 150,000 boats officially registered within the class.  

The last event of the week will be the 10th Annual Shipyard Cup on August 11 &12. Serving yacht owners with sailboats averaging 100’, this is a spectacle of modern and classic yachting not to be missed by any boating enthusiast.

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