Modern yachts of all sizes and descriptions race under the Performance Handicap Racing Formula (PHRF), which provides a method for sailboats of varying size and dimensions to race competitively against each other.
Several classes of PHRF sailboats, sailing in spinnaker and non-spinnaker cruising classes, will compete on the waters of Boothbay in the upcoming BHYC Regatta where they will vie for the prestigious PHRF State Championship. Visiting yachts from all along the Maine coast will compete with local yachts in two days of racing that are sure to provide spectacular viewing.
Races will take place in the outer harbor with two starting lines, one for the fastest vessels and another for the smaller boats. Racers will sail both drop buoy races as well as navigator courses. The two starting areas for the races, which will be in the vicinity of Spruce Point and Squirrel Island, will provide interesting drama as boats jockey to be first over the starting line in their quest for victory.
Racing begins Saturday, July 24 at 11:30 a.m. and Sunday, July 25 at noon. Spectators can enjoy the action from their boats in the general vicinity of the outer harbor between Southport and East Boothbay. A "Parade of Sail" featuring yachts competing in the Regatta will kick off in the inner harbor Sunday at 10 a.m. The parade will run from the east side of the harbor to the west side and boats will be announced and heard at the Whale Park, Coastal Prime or on VHF channel 72.
For more information,contact Andy Mutch at 410-353-3861.