9th Annual Gosport Regatta

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All are invited to the 9th Annual Gosport Regatta on September 16 2018 – an open sailing race from Portsmouth Harbor to the Isles of Shoals organized by the Piscataqua Sailing Association to benefit Star Island.

Spectators are welcomed to enjoy the competition from the deck of the M/V Thomas Laighton. Join us on Star Island after the race for regatta festivities for the whole family – including delicious barbecue from Finks BBQ Smoke House, live music by the North River Band, a kite festival presented by Fun with Wind, the race award ceremony, plus games and activities for children.

Announcing an OVERNIGHT option! Enjoy the race day festivities then spend the night on Star Island. Schedule below.

IMPORTANT UPDATE: In partnership with the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company, we have changed the departure time on Monday to 11:45 AM to allow for more island time and an historic presentation by Isles of Shoals historian Ann Beattie. If the later departure time is not preferred, please e-mail Ally Miner ASAP to reserve your space on the earlier boat (8:30 AM).


Regatta Schedule of Events
Sunday, September 16, 2018

9:45 am   Check in at Isles of Shoals Steamship Company (ISSCO)
10:15 am  M/V Thomas Laighton departs Portsmouth
11:00 am  Gosport Regatta Sailing Race begins
12:30 pm  M/V Thomas Laighton arrives at Star Island
12:45 pm  Appetizers, kite displays, live music on the front porch
1:00 pm   Children’s activities – games in the tennis court, kite flying, and more
2:00 pm   Racers arrive on Star Island
4:00 pm   Award ceremony and BBQ dinner
6:45 pm   M/V Thomas Laighton departs Star Island – Day Guests arrive in Portsmouth 8:00 pm

Overnight Option

7:30 pm Outdoor Movie & Popcorn Bar on the Front Porch
9:00 pm Bonfire & S’mores
10:00 pm Chapel by Candlelight with Isles of Shoals Historian Ann Beattie If Once You Have Slept on an Island, by Rachel Lymon Field

Monday, September 1

7:30 am Breakfast

8:30 am Early Departure Option – Please sign up by e-mailing Ally Miner

9:00 am Ann Beattie Presents Grand Resort Hotels at the Isles of Shoals, featuring the Regattas in the 1870’s in Elliott Hall

11:45 am M/V Challenger departs with overnight guests

*If you are racing a sailboat you must also register with the Piscataqua Sailing Association*
Visit the PSA website to register your boat.

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Thank you to our 2018 Regatta sponsors!