Ready for Race Week
It’s the middle of August, and the harbor is filling up with boats of all shapes and sizes. The New York Yacht Club just had its regular rendezvous on the island, and as its boats were leaving the harbor, coming in were sailors of every stripe getting ready to participate in Nantucket Race Week.
Now in its fifth year, Race Week has become the premier event on the island’s sailing calendar. It kicks off Friday night with a reception at the Cavalier Gallery, but the real action gets underway Saturday when the small one-design boats hit the water.
Thanks in large part to Nantucket Community Sailing, sailing’s popularity on the island has grown exponentially over the last decade, to the point that NICS leaders decided five years ago the time had come to celebrate Nantucket’s fondness for sailing by organizing a race week. The obvious choice was to hold it the second week in August, to coincide with, and culminate in, the Opera House Cup.
One of the premier wooden sailboat races on the Eastern Coast, the OHC was born on the back patio of the Opera House restaurant more than three decades ago, the brainchild of a handful of competitive sailors looking for a new challenge. It grew in size and stature to its place in the pantheon of classic sailboat races today. This year’s race promises to attract nearly 100 vessels, ranging in size from under 20 feet to over 100 feet in length.
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– Joshua Balling, I&M Managing Editor