If you build it (and it’s fun), they’ll come >> Scuttlebutt Sailing News
When the announcement of the first Safe Harbor Race Weekend arrived at Scuttlebutt headquarters, we immediately liked the vibe of the post. It sounded like fun.
The trend in the sport has raised heightened expectations, and while it is worthy of championship events, it has leaked downstream and has had an impact on participation. There’s a reason the summer beer can races get so busy… people know it’s not the Olympics. Completely the opposite.
The Safe Harbor brand is more and more known in the United States as they add marinas to their portfolio, and now they have entered the regatta business. We inquired with Veronica Brown of Safe Harbor Marinas to find out more about their first event August 13-15, which will be held in Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island:
How did this event start?
Newport is a city of sailing. Narragansett Bay has hosted some of the most memorable moments in sailing history and passionate sailors continue to flock to the bay each summer for fun and competition. We are fortunate to have a number of Safe Harbor locations in Narragansett Bay and are proud to be the home port of so many great ships and their crews.
We’ve been planning this regatta for almost a year, with the goal of creating a premium sailing event in Rhode Island to welcome Safe Harbor members and guests from across our network to come out racing or just enjoy the social events.
And you have also found space on the calendar.
We took all factors into account when choosing the date, trying not to clash with other regattas and sailing events already on the calendar, while still enjoying an incredible time of year. in New England.
Our original plan was for monohulls and multihulls (30 ‘LHT and over) to join us, and when there was interest from the superyacht community, we formed a class that appears to have 11 entries. All in all, with over 50 boats expected, we look forward to a fun, competitive and memorable event for all involved.
Event information – Race details – Entry list