Guests board the M/V Thomas Laighton at 9:30 a.m. and follow the event from the mouth of the Piscataqua River to the finish line in Gosport Harbor.
After arriving at Star Island, guests will view incoming vessels from the Oceanic Hotel’s expansive front porch. Racing crews will be cheered up the front lawn after coming ashore.
Star Island Food Service Manager John Bynum is set to cook up a pleasing barbeque for the race day awards reception. Guests will enjoy hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken, vegetarian options, and the standard barbeque accompaniments plus Bynum’s own potato salad. No New England sail racing event would be complete without chowder served from steaming pots on the front porch as spectators and racers arrive. The food is only half the fun as guests will dance to the live music of the Funky Divas. Beverage service during the race day will include a selection from Sam Adams and wines from the Peter Paul Winery.
The Sunday brunch menu will be served in the historic Oceanic Hotel dining room the morning after the Gosport Regatta featuring a selection of baked breakfast pastries, a smoked salmon platter, mixed spring green salad, white bean salad, scrambled eggs, home fries, sausage, roast turkey, wild rice pilaf, roasted vegetable medley, and an assortment of baked desserts prepared in Star Island’s own bakery. Brunch entertainment will feature Constellation, the acoustic music duet of Eric Thomas and Helen Wolfson from North Carolina.
Star Island is New England’s most unique summer island home to a racing tradition started in 1874. Located approximately 10 miles off the coast of New Hampshire, Star Island is part of the National Register of Historic Places. More information about Star Island and the Gosport Regatta may be found at StarIsland.org.