The Eggemoggin Reach Regatta is an annual summer tradition in Maine. Every August, over 100 wooden boats sail up the coast of the small town of Brooklin. Why? Solely for tradition. The event began over 30 years ago as a wooden boat-only race, and has blossomed into the extravaganza it is today. The first race had only nine boats competing. Now, people come from all over the world to not only challenge each other in the race but to show off their beautiful wooden vessels. This year’s 2017 race takes place Saturday, August 5th. Just a half hour away from Pilgrim’s Inn, this unique experience is enjoyable to both the sailors and viewers alike.
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What’s Special About the Eggemoggin Reach Regatta
The Eggemoggin Reach Regatta is unlike any other boat race today. People compete not because they want to win but because they love sailing. This regatta is one of the only recognized boat races in the world that does not have any sponsors. A team of dedicated volunteers work months to coordinate it. Each boat pays a $75 entry fee to race, and there is no docking fee. Without sponsorship or high entry prices, there is no prestige or thousand dollar prizes for winning, keeping the race relaxed and fun. Participating sailboats range from the most expensive in the country to local Mainer’s small daysailers. People from all walks of life gather to celebrate sailing during the Eggemoggin Reach Regatta.
Celebrate at the Eggemoggin Reach Regatta
Whether you are planning on entering in the race or being a spectator, the Eggemoggin Reach Regatta is a place of celebration. There are many places to watch the parade of boats pass through the course, but we recommend positioning yourself at the finish line. As the sailboats finish, they anchor in the nearby cove. If you walk through, take the time to notice the names of the boats’ home ports painted on their sterns to truly realize how far people travel to take part in the regatta. Some boats are so old that you feel as if you are walking through a floating museum. The celebration of sailing does not end at the finish line. After the winners are announced from the makeshift stage, viewers and boaters stay well into the night to dance to the local bands playing and enjoy a barbecue dinner together.
After the Eggemoggin Reach Regatta
You’ll love your day in Downeast Maine for the Eggemoggin Reach Regatta! During your stay, book a room at our inn on Deer Isle. About 30 minutes away from the regatta, Deer Isle is a charming coastal town, with our bed and breakfast right on Main Street. Rejuvenate in our cozy accommodations or relax by the serene mill pond and gardens on our grounds. After your restful night, enjoy a gourmet breakfast before heading to explore the rest of what the area has to offer.