Whether you own a boat or will be chartering one, it’s time to start planning your mid-season getaways. We have a selection of fun events at great places this month, including a festival for buccaneers of all ages in the Chesapeake, a wooden boat regatta and a rendezvous for sail- and powerboats in Downeast Maine, and an Independence Day celebration in the Bermuda of the North. We’ll visit more summer destinations and events in our may Issue.
A Spectacle Within Reach Jericho Bay, ME
By Nicole Jacques
Imagine centuries of maritime heritage made tangible for one day on the water. With traditionally planked gaffers and coldmolded racers alike, the starting line at the annual Eggemoggin Reach Regatta (ERR) is more like a yachting timeline. From the International Rule to the International Offshore Rule, these boats were built to widely varying standards in dramatically different eras. The one thing they all have in common is in their very bones: each boat on the water was built from wood.
The ERR in mid-coast Maine is revered among classic boat enthusiasts for its one-of-a-kind fleet of dazzling wooden sailboats. The myriad fleet includes sloops, schooners, cutters and ketches – the majority of which are invaluable maritime antiquities. With such a showcase of boats, the racing has become a dramatic spectacle for history buffs and racing enthusiasts alike. The ERR is embraced as much by spectators as it is by sailors.