Restoring a Sailing Tradition in 19th Century Style
The fifth annual Gosport Regatta will set sail from the start line in the Piscataqua River basin on Saturday, September 20. Race classes include cruising, racing, and J-24, as well as a team cup for yacht clubs entering three or more boats. The Gosport Regatta is held in partnership with the Piscataqua Sailing Association.
The centerpiece of this event features a sail race that was first hosted in 1873 and carries the tradition of winning the Oceanic Cup, first won by the original yacht “America.” Follow the race from the starting line on the M/V Thomas Laighton departing Portsmouth. Come ashore in time for lunch with live entertainment and the best views of the finish line. An island feast and awards reception brings race crews and spectators together in the Oceanic Hotel dining hall.
How to register
Spectators, overnight guests, and for racer dinner tickets register online by clicking here.
Boats/Crews register online by clicking here.
Regatta overnights guests are subject to Star Island’s standard cancellation policy: Deposits are refundable up to four weeks before the start of the program. For cancellations less than two weeks before the start of the program, registrants will be charged what is equal to the entire room and board bill.
Spectator Ticket – $80.00
Spectator Ticket includes round-trip cruise on m/v Thomas Laighton, light lunch and awards banquet reception in Oceanic Dining Room.
Spectator Ticket with overnight lodging – $175.00
This weekend package includes a spectator ticket plus overnight lodging with Sunday Jazz Brunch.
Racer Ticket – $40.00 plus boat registration fee
Racer Ticket includes the Saturday awards banquet reception in Oceanic Dining Room.
Racer Ticket with overnight lodging – $150 plus boat registration fee
Includes the Saturday awards reception in the Oceanic Hotel Dining Hall, and overnight lodging and Sunday Jazz Brunch.
Note for Skippers and crew: Wrist bands will be provided to skippers for all crew who purchase tickets for the awards reception. Wrist bands will be required to come ashore for the event.
Lodging for Gosport Regatta
There are a limited number of rooms available for Saturday evening on Star Island. Room reservations include Sunday Jazz Brunch and transportation back to Portsmouth via the M/V Thomas Laighton.
Overnight guests will be housed in cottages and “motel-style” units separate from the main hotel. Most rooms have two twin beds and private toilets and sinks. Some rooms have shared bathrooms.
Sample schedule from 2013
Saturday, September 28 | 8:30 AM … Skippers meeting at Kittery Point Yacht Club
9:45 AM … Spectators board the Thomas Laighton to watch Regatta (departs Portsmouth at 10:25 AM)
1:00 PM … Thomas Laighton arrives at Star Island
4:00 PM … BBQ Reception and Awards Ceremony in Oceanic Hotel Dining Hall
6:40 PM … Spectators board Thomas Laighton to return to Portsmouth (departs Star at 7:05 PM)
8:30 PM … Thomas Laighton arrives at dock in Portsmouth
Sunday, September 29 | 9:55 AM … Thomas Laighton departs Portsmouth for Star Island Jazz Brunch
11:05 AM … Thomas Laighton arrives at Star Island
2:10 PM … Brunch and overnight Regatta guests board Thomas Laighton to return to Portsmouth (departs Star at 2:30 PM)
3:45 PM … Thomas Laighton arrives at dock in Portsmouth
Questions: Contact Angela Matthews at (603) 430-6272.
Sample menu from 2013
Guests for the bbq and awards reception will delight in the classic foods regatta racers traditionally end their days with in New England. Hamburgers, hot dogs, baked beans, and potato salad will be available. A cash bar will be open for the duration of the reception. View the dinner menu here.
Overnight guests will enjoy an assortment of fare for brunch including eggs, bacon, sausage, smoked salmon, bagels, pastries and fruit salad. Coffee and tea will also be available. View the brunch menu here.