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.
Saturday Regatta Overnight & Sunday Festival – includes lodging at Star Island, three meals, taxes, gratuity, all activities and boat transportation to and from the island:
Youth under 15 years – $75
Couple (2 Adults in shared room) – $265