News Feature

Originally published in Castine Patriot, July 25, 2019
Castine Classic kicks off three-day sail

2018 Ames Cup winner

The 1926 Herreshoff NY-40 Marilee won the Ames Cup as overall winner in the 2018 Castine Classic.

Photo courtesy of Kathy Mansfield

by Cora Curtis

The 2019 Castine Classic Yacht Race sets sail at 12 p.m. Thursday, August 1, on a 19.6 nautical mile course, ending in Camden.

The Castine race sets in motion three days of competitive sailing, which culminates in the Eggemoggin Reach Regatta on August 4.

The Castine Harbor bell will sound to begin the sailing Thursday afternoon. The event is hosted by the Castine Yacht Club, and those who wish to watch the fleet take off can do so from the Castine Town Dock or at Fort Madison on Court Street.

The race is open to all monohull Classic and Spirit of Tradition yachts at least 28’ LOA with a valid updated CRF rating certificate. Each yacht must tow “a proper dinghy.”

The second race of the weekend is the Camden Classic Yacht Regatta on the following day, which sets sail from North Haven and ends at Naskeag Point in Brooklin. This race is hosted by the Camden Yacht Club and a pre-race breakfast buffet will be available there from 8 to 9:30 a.m.

The final day of sailing will feature the fleet sailing a 15-mile course through Eggemoggin Reach, turning at Halibut Rock and down Jericho Bay, ending just off Naskeag Point. The Eggemoggin Reach Regatta is co-hosted by Brooklin Boat Yard and Rockport Marine. The race is followed by a cocktail party and BBQ dinner.

The 20th annual Castine Classic Yacht Celebration will honor the designs of Nathanael G. Herreshoff, the “wizard of Bristol.” Examples of Herreshoff craft will be displayed at the town dock in Castine on July 31 at noon. After that a symposium will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. in Delano Auditorium at Maine Maritime Academy with a panel of distinguished experts and sailors. A reception at the Castine Yacht Club is to follow. Mystic Seaport Museum will present the William P. Stephens Award to Ben Mendlowitz for his contributions to American yachting. The spirit of classic yacht races is one of good sportsmanship and safe sailing. All three races epitomize those seafarer values. For more information about any of the races, visit