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Gosport Regatta Winners Announced

September 30th, 2015

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A picture perfect weekend of sun and wind was the ideal setting for 37 boats that competed in the 6th Annual Gosport Regatta and Kite Festival at Star Island. The race is a partnership event with two nonprofits: Star Island and the Piscataqua Sailing Association. Four classes of boats raced courses that ranged from 7 to 11 miles ending at the Isles of Shoals and Gosport Harbor.


  • Maggie, Yankee Dolphin 24, Appledore Island Class – James Homet, Portsmouth, NH
  • Airtha, Alerion 28, Star Island Class – George Spiecker, North Hampton, NH
  • Fruitcakes, J24, White Island Class – Chris Hilios, Stratham, NH
  • Hafa Adai, J109, Smuttynose Island Class – Eliot Shanabrook, Watertown, MA
  • Maggie, Yankee Dolphin 24, Cedar Classic Yacht – James Homet, Portsmouth, NH

The visual feast of sailboats racing to the finish was matched by the extraordinary
sight of dozens of huge kites soaring above the historic Oceanic Hotel on Star Island as spectators and visitors gathered to cheer on the racers and enjoy a final weekend at Star Island. Live music was provided by the North River Band and the Funky Divas. The Gosport Regatta family weekend marked the close of the Star Island season which enjoyed some 14,000 visitors this summer. Funds raised from the regatta will support the island’s sustainability initiatives which include the largest off-grid solar array in New England.

“The Gosport Regatta is a shining example of Star Island reaching out and being embraced by the mainland and boating community,” said Star Island CEO Joe Watts. “We appreciate the support and hope that everyone who participated had as good of a time as we did.”

A special thank you to the event sponsors: Isles of Shoals Steamship Company, Sam Adams, Peter Paul Wines, Shops on Star, Optima Bank & Trust, Lamprey Energy, Tugboat Alley, Ricci Lumber, Gobbi Plumbing and Heating, Ambit Engineering, Infinite Imaging, Shipyard Waste Solutions, McLane Middleton, Riverside & Pickering, the M/V Utopia, Seascape Capital Management and Fun With Wind.

More Scenes from the Gosport Regatta

September 29th, 2015

Check out these scenes from the Sixth Annual Gosport Regatta taken by photographer Perry Smith:

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Scenes from the Gosport Regatta

September 28th, 2015

A great weekend on Star Island just concluded with the Gosport Regatta on Saturday and a BBQ & Kite Festival on Sunday. Below are scenes from this weekend. Click here to check out more of Star Island’s pictures on Instagram.

Heading out of #PortsmouthNH harbor watching the #GosportRegatta race. #StarIslandNH (photo by @nhmarquis)

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Sailboats racing to #StarIslandNH as part of the #GosportRegatta (photo by @nhmarquis)

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A beautiful day for a #sailboat race #GosportRegatta (photo by @nhmarquis)

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Spectators and #sailboats for today's #GosportRegatta (photo by @nhmarquis)

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Spectators aboard the @thomaslaighton watching the #GosportRegatta (photo by @nhmarquis)

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Sailboats rounding the bell buoy near the #IslesOfShoals (photo by @nhmarquis)

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Kites flying over #StarIslandNH as sailboats arrive with the #GosportRegatta

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Guests now arriving to #StarIslandNH for the #GosportRegatta (photo by @nhmarquis)

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#quoteoftheday for the #GosportRegatta on #StarIslandNH

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Thank you to our sponsors!

September 23rd, 2015

The Gosport Regatta sets sail this Saturday and we are incredibly thankful for our sponsors to make this event possible. Now in its sixth year, the Regatta is a family-friendly weekend that goes through Sunday afternoon. Click here to learn more about the Gosport Regatta.

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A Tasty Weekend on Star Island

September 21st, 2015

Star Island Aloft Sailing

Treat yourself to a food-filled weekend on Star Island starting Saturday, September 26. As part of the Gosport Regatta overnight, you’ll depart from Portsmouth on Saturday morning aboard the Thomas Laighton. Watch as sailboats jockey for the lead, the wind filling their sails. Upon your arrival to Star Island to see the sailboats reach the finish line, a bounty of food awaits.

The front porch of the Oceanic Hotel will be decked out in appetizers featuring Island-made chowder. Warm up after a windy boat ride with this rich dish. Find an assortment of other delicious treats on the front porch as you also enjoy live music.

When the racers arrive to the island, the evening’s meal will start in the dining hall. Hamburgers, hot dogs, veggie burgers, and chicken will be fresh off the grill. Sides, like coleslaw and New England-style baked beans will fill out your plate.

Later, sit down and relax for our movie night complete with a popcorn bar. Fill your own bowl of popcorn with sweets and seasonings as The Swiss Family Robinson plays on our big screen.

On Sunday, rise for morning coffee on the front porch, and make your way to the dining hall. The kitchen will have prepared our typical hearty breakfast. You’ll have the entire day ahead of you, and a warm plate in front of you. Relax, you’re on Star Island time.

Finks BBQ

Then, the final meal of 2015:

Our front lawn will be a busy scene by Sunday afternoon. We’re hosting Fink’s BBQ to serve a multi-napkin worthy lunch. Feast on pulled pork, bbq chicken, and grilled veggie skewers. A host of sides including potato salad, corn bread, and corn on the cob will be just as filling for your eyes as they are for your stomach.

So while a sailing race might be the major focus of this weekend, we’re making sure the food will be just as exciting.

Click here to learn more about the Gosport Regatta and to sign up!

The Annual Gosport Regatta Sets Sail September 26-27

September 16th, 2015


The 6th Annual Gosport Regatta promises a spectacular weekend on the water on September 26, 2015 with a family festival at Star Island on September 27th. The storied sailing race from Portsmouth Harbor to the Isles of Shoals is organized by the Piscataqua Sailing Association to benefit sustainability initiatives at the nonprofit Star Island.

The Gosport Regatta has a rich history with the first race held back in 1874. Today, the race is open to sailboats in four classes of competition. Sailors register with the Piscataqua Sailing Association.

Spectators are encouraged to enjoy the competition from the deck of the M/V Thomas Laighton out of Portsmouth or watch the spinnakers unfurl from the porch of the historic Oceanic Hotel on Star Island. Everyone is welcome to Star Island for post-race events including an awards ceremony, live music and food. This year Star Island is offering a special family-friendly overnight package that includes lodging, all meals and children’s activities, capped off by a kite festival and barbecue pig-roast lunch on Sunday.

Star Island CEO Joe Watts says, “This regatta has a wonderful seafaring tradition which we were happy to revive in 2009 in partnership with the Piscataqua Sailing Association. We are excited to offer an expanded weekend event that includes activities and fare for the whole family, along with a special overnight package so even more people can experience the nautical magic of Star.”

Proceeds from the race will help support Star Island’s sustainability initiatives including the largest off-grid solar array in New England and many other innovative water and energy conservation programs. Says Watts, “We are proud to be leaders in how we use our limited resources and appreciate the community effort it takes to create what has become a model of environmental stewardship. While we take advantage of advanced technology for water and waste treatment, we love that Star Island remains suspended in time as a reminder of the original mapping of New England by Captain John Smith, the bygone Grand Hotel era, and the continuous emphasis on enjoying the simple things in life. We are happy to provide a welcoming island community that values learning, spiritual connection, and respect for all.”

This is the last event of the season at Star Island, which welcomed more than 14 thousand visitors over the summer.

Package deal

Saturday Regatta Overnight & Sunday Festival – includes lodging at Star Island, three meals, taxes, gratuity, all activities and boat transportation to and from the island:

One adult – $160
Youth under 15 years – $75
Couple (2 Adults in shared room) – $265

For more information on the event schedule and reservations visit

Family Movie Night – Gosport Regatta

September 14th, 2015

Watch a movie about an island on an island

On Saturday, September 26 end your day on Star Island with a family-friendly movie night in the historic Oceanic Hotel. We’re screening The Swiss Family Robinson, the classic 1960’s Disney movie based on the book of the same name. This movie night is part of the Gosport Regatta Weekend which starts on the morning of 9/26. Click here to learn more about the Regatta and to register for the overnight.

Before the movie starts, check out our popcorn bar complete with an assortment of sweets and seasonings to create your own custom bowl of popcorn. Then sit down and enjoy the movie after a fun-filled day on Star Island.

This night marks the last overnight of our 2015 season. Register now to find yourself on Star Island before we take our winter break.

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