Every summer Nantucket is home to a number of sailboat races. Nantucket's location is ideal for sailing and the races draw a number of participants. If you are considering a visit to Nantucket consider a time when one of these races are going, they are fun to watch. Here is a list of some of the best sailboat races in and around Nantucket. Some of the dates below are approximate, check the websites for exact dates for the upcoming season which haven't been posted at the time this post was published.
Figawi Sailboat Race from Hyannis to Nantucket
Dates: May 24-26th 2014
Location: The race starts at 10 AM off the Hyannis Port Jetty and finishes at the entrance of Nantucket Harbor.
Description: This year is the 43rd annual race and begins with a kickoff party at Hyannis Yacht Club Friday May 23rd. The best place to view end of the race is the beach at Brant Point Light. View the website for more details.
Fleet Racing on Nantucket
Approximate dates: These races start in July and go every Saturday until August.
Location: Nantucket Yacht Club
Description: "The Nantucket One Design Fleet is comprised of the following classes: Alerions, IODs, Indians, Rhodes 19, Marshall Cats, Club 420, Rainbow (Beetle Cat), 420's and Optimists. In order to sail in scheduled races, skippers must be a member of the Nantucket Yacht Club or officially approved by the Nantucket Yacht Club as a racing guest" View the website for more details.
Opera House Cup Regatta
Dates: August 17th 2014
Location: Best place to watch is from Brant Point Lighthouse.
Description: This races focuses upon all-wooden single-hulled sailboats. Watch the video below to get the story of how the race began from the humble beginnings of a bar challenge to the race it is now. Check the website for more.
Nantucket IOD Celebrity Invitational Regatta
Dates: August 13-15th 2014
Location: Nantucket Sound
Description: This race is one to watch for sure! Alongside the skippers for each boat is a "celebrity tactician." The celebrity tacticians are either from the America's Cup, an Olympic medalist or a world champion. Check the website for more.
A Note on Nantucket Race Week