What is Nantucket Race Week?
Nantucket Race Week is an nine-day experience that marshals the entire Nantucket community together in a fun-filled week of regattas, awards ceremonies, and parties. The races provide sport for everyone from young dinghy sailors and families in the household one design to grand prix racers at the very top of their profession. The racing begins on Saturday, August 11, 2018 with events scheduled daily through Sunday, August 19, 2018. We welcome sailors of all levels to participate in our events, and want to extend a special thank you to our visiting teams -- 12 Metre, IOD, PHRF, and classic wooden boats.
Nantucket Race Week is proud to be recognized as a Clean Regatta by Sailors for the Sea since 2009 and every year following has achieved gold-level certification. It is important that we and our participants do all we can to protect Nantucket's pristine environment.
Here are a some of the Clean Regatta initiatives that we are implementing:
- No discharge in the harbor
- Bilge sponges for every boat
- Recycle glass, plastic, metal and paper
- "Green team" to collect trash and recyclables
- Water refill stations
- Use of reusable water bottles
- Encourage green cleaning products
- Promote environmentally friendly bottom paint
- Use bicycles and public transportation
- Support land-based water quality initiatives
Nantucket Race Week is hosted by the Nantucket Yacht Club and the Great Harbor Yacht Club to benefit Nantucket Community Sailing (NCS), a non-profit, educational organization that provides affordable access to sailing and water sports to the public. Founded in 1994, NCS served over 2000 sailors last year, providing free equipment and instruction through many community outreach programs, including sponsoring and coaching Nantucket's High School Sailing Team, offering scholarships to year-round island youth, running informal sailboat races for all levels and teaching adaptive windsurfing and sailing clinics for disabled athletes.