The summer sailing season is upon us, and we couldn’t be more excited!
Here’s a quick roundup of some of the regattas we look forward to watching every year. Things really kick off next weekend on Nantucket at Figawi and in Bermuda at the Louis Vuitton Cup. Which will you be following – or lucky enough to actually be there?!
Where: Hyannis – Nantucket
When: May 26th – 29th
About: Figawi is considered to be the unofficial start to the sailing season by many people. What better way to kick off the year than a race across Nantucket Sound, resulting in a weekend long party on the island. This race has been around since 1972 and becomes more popular every year. Thousands flock to Nantucket to welcome the sailors every year, resulting in a weekend long bash 30 miles out at sea. More information here.
What: Louis Vuitton Cup
When: May 26th – June 12th
About: With the Louis Vuitton regatta falling on the same weekend as Figawi, it’s a tough decision as to which one to attend. This regatta will be packed with much more excitement because the winner of this regatta will go on to compete against ORACLE TEAM USA for the America’s Cup. It will be the first look at the six teams from around the world sailing against one another. What better venue than Bermuda to watch this highly intense regatta? You can find out more about this regatta here.
What: America’s Cup
When: June 17th – 18th & June 24th – 27th
About: There is no bigger sailing event in the world than the America’s Cup. This is your chance to watch ORACLE TEAM USA fight to defend the title after the stunning win in 2013. This event happens once every four years and always gains a massive following. The bar is raised every year with the technology and the evolution of design that is put into these boats. This year, it is likely that we will witness a race where the AC45s are foiling throughout the entire event. It is believed that whichever team is able to foil around all the marks will win. Head to Bermuda June 17th to watch history in the making! More information about this event can be found here.
What: Marblehead to Halifax Ocean Race
Where: Marblehead – Halifax
When: July 9th
About: This will be the 112th anniversary of the Marblehead to Halifax Ocean Race which always falls right after the 4th of July in Marblehead. This race takes place every two years and provides wonderful events hosted by the Boston Yacht Club and the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron. If you’ve never been to Marblehead, this event takes place at the peak of Marblehead’s summer and is a great spot to spend a weekend. There are numerous areas throughout the town to watch the start of over 100 boats. More information about this regatta can be found here.
What: J Class World Championships
Where: Newport, R.I.
When: August 21-26th
About: The J Class World Championship is your chance to witness some of the most spectacular yacht racing in the world. The J Class boats range from 119’ to 139’ and have the most classic design to them. Their simplicity and size gives them an extremely elegant look, making for one of the most beautiful regattas. There are eight J Class Yachts that will be sailing in this regatta. Newport is the perfect venue for a regatta like this due to the yachting history that is associated with the town. There is more information on this event here.
What other summer regattas would you add?