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The Sixth Annual Gosport Regatta

Gosport Regatta

Saturday, September 26 to Sunday, September 27



How to register | Ticket prices | Lodging | Event schedule | Contact | Menu

All are invited to the 6th Annual Gosport Regatta on September 26, 2015 – an open sailing race from Portsmouth Harbor to the Isles of Shoals organized by the Piscataqua Sailing Association (PSA) to benefit sustainability initiatives at Star Island.

Spectators are encouraged to enjoy the competition from the deck of the M/V Thomas Laighton.
Everyone is invited to Star Island for post-race events including an awards ceremony, live music and food. Enjoy a special family-friendly overnight package that includes lodging, all meals and special children’s activities, capped off by a barbecue pig-roast luncheon and kite festival on Sunday.

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 underway.

How to register

Spectators, overnight guests, and for racer dinner tickets register online by  clicking here.

Boats register online to race 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.

Ticket prices

Saturday Regatta Overnight & Sunday Festival – Spectators
Spectator Ticket with Overnight Lodging (1 adult) $160
Youth Spectator Ticket with Overnight Lodging (youth under 15) $75
Spectator Couple Ticket with Overnight Lodging (2 Adults) $265


  • Overnight lodging at the Oceanic Hotel, three meals, taxes, gratuity
  • Boat transportation to and from island
  • All activities

Saturday Spectator
Spectator Ticket (1 Adult) $70
Spectator Ticket (1 Youth/Child) $25

  • Boat to and from island
  • Appetizers early afternoon – Live music
  • Awards ceremony and Dinner
  • Children’s Activities (Rainwater Regatta, Face Painting)

Saturday Racer
Racer Ticket (1 Adult) $40

  • Appetizers early afternoon – Live music
  • Awards ceremony and Dinner
  • Family activities
  • Racer Ticket with Reception and Overnight $125

    • Appetizers early afternoon – Live music
    • Awards Ceremony and Dinner
    • Family Activities
    • Overnight lodging in the Oceanic Hotel

    Sunday Racer
    Sunday Breakfast Only $10

    • Sunday Morning Breakfast

    Lodging for Gosport Regatta

    There are a limited number of rooms available for Saturday evening on Star Island. Room reservations include Sunday Breakfast 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.

    Event Schedule

    Saturday September 26, 2015
    9:30 am – Spectators arrive to 315 Market Street, Portsmouth, NH dock for parking
    9:45 am – Boarding begins for M/V Thomas Laighton
    10:25 am – Spectators Board M/V Thomas Laighton – view the start and follow the race
    11:00 am – Race begins
    1:15 pm – M/V Thomas Laighton Arrives at Star Island. Appetizers, live music on the porch
    1:30 pm – Children’s Raingutter Regatta and face painting on island
    2:00 pm – Racers Arrive on Star
    3:00 – 5:30 pm – Awards Ceremony, Supper, Live Music
    5:45 pm – Boarding begins for
    6:20 om – Laighton departs Star Island and arrives in Portsmouth at 7:30 p.m.
    6:00 pm – Movie Night and Popcorn Bar, Snack Bar Open
    Sunday – September 27th
    8:00 – 8:45 am -Boaters & Overnight Guests enjoy a full breakfast in the dining room
    10:30 am – Kite Festival – Bring your own or buy one! – Island Tours, Snack Bar Open
    11:30 am – Catered BBQ Lunch and Pig Roast, Live music by the Funky Divas Click here for tickets
    1:00 pm – Scavenger Hunt, Kite Flying Continues
    2:30 pm – Laighton departs for Portsmouth


    Questions: Contact Pam Smith at (603) 430-6272 or email email hidden; JavaScript is required.

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    2015 Sponsors

    Thank you to all of our sponsors!

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Our mission since 1915 is to hold and maintain Star Island and such other property as the Corporation may hold or acquire, as a center for religious, education, and kindred purposes consistent with the principles of the Unitarian Universalist Association and the United Church of Christ.

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