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Nantucket Race Week Individual Sponsorships

“If a man must be obsessed by something, I suppose a boat is as good as anything, perhaps a bit better than most.” - E.B. White

June 2016

Dear Friends,

We at Nantucket Community Sailing are obsessed! About sailing, about teaching kids to sail, about maintaining our fleet of boats and, not least, about the 13th Annual Nantucket Race Week and the 44th Annual Opera House Cup. We invite you to share our obsession and participate in your choice of unforgettable racing and social events between Saturday, August 13 and Sunday, August 21, which benefit Nantucket Community Sailing.

The exciting line up of racing events include the One-Design series; the Kiteboard Regatta; Opti and 420 Youth Regattas; the Laser Regatta; the Women’s Regatta; the IOD Celebrity Invitational; the new Sail Nantucket Regatta; and, of course, the premiere East Coast wooden-hulled regatta, The Opera House Cup.

To celebrate these events, there's something on the social calendar every evening. The Family Cookout; Women’s Award Dinner; IOD Celebrity Invitational Kick-off Buffet; NRW Regatta Dinner featuring the 2017 America’s Cup host, Tucker Thompson; Sponsors Party (this means you!); 3rd Annual Classic Yacht Exhibition; and, lastly, the Opera House Cup Awards Party comprise the varied possibilities.

Nantucket Community Sailing believes that sailing empowers kids to become leaders --- confidence at the helm begets confidence in one’s ability to tackle life’s bigger challenges. It’s clear NCS’s obsession with sailing is contagious amongst our junior sailors:

  • "I enjoy sailing because you can learn different skills every day." - Ava, age 13
  • " As a Nantucketer, I am especially grateful that I am able to learn to sail." - Ella, age 12
  • " I've learned so much from the NCS program that I can now teach others." - Jessica, age 10

As the primary source of on-the-water youth sailing instruction, NCS fulfills an important need within the Nantucket community. Your participation as an NRW Sponsor is essential in helping support the following programs:

  • Summer sailing instruction for 1,000 young people
  • Scholarship awards for our local sailors
  • Coaches and boats for the Nantucket High School Sailing Team
  • Fleet Maintenance – keeping 60 sailboats afloat
  • Award-winning community outreach programs for underserved segments of the community.

If sailing is your obsession, you know what a difference it has made in your life. Maybe your son or daughter is a sailor and you have witnessed how sailing has helped shape his/her character. Or maybe you just want to be part of an amazing organization that is dedicated to providing sailing instruction at the community level. Whatever the case – please share our obsession and become a RACE WEEK SPONSOR!

With our heartfelt thanks,

Anne Dewez
NRW Co-Chair
Bill Druckemiller
NRW Co-Chair
Linda McGrath
NRW Individual Sponsor
Committee Chair


Nantucket Race Week is certified by Sailors for the Sea as a Clean Regatta.

Become a Sponsor
You may become an NRW Individual Sponsor by calling the NCS office at (508)228-6600, mailing in the reply card to NCS at P.O. Box 2424, Nantucket, MA 02584, or to sign up online with a credit card click here. In order to insure that you are listed as an NRW Individual Sponsor in the 2016 NRW/OHC Official Program, please submit your information no later than July 8, 2016.

Download NRW Individual Sponsor package here.


NRW 2016 Individual Sponsor Levels:



(Charitable donation $450)



(Charitable donation $1,290)



(Charitable donation $2,190)



(Charitable donation $4,400)



(Charitable donation $6,760)


(Charitable Donation $9,160)

* NRW Program

* NRW 2016 Burgee

* NCS Jetties Beach Facilities

* 2016 Sponsor gift


All Ensign benefits, plus:

* Family Barbeque at GHYC

* Sponsors Party at NYC


All Captain benefits, plus:

* Classic Yacht Exhibition at the Nantucket Boat Basin

* NRW sponsor gift bag

All Commodore benefits, plus:

* IOD Celebrity Invitational Kick Off Buffet at GHYC

* OHC 44th Awards Party at Jetties Beach

All Rear Admiral benefits, plus:

* NRW Regatta Dinner with Tucker Thompson, host of the 2017 America's Cup at GHYC

* BMW VIP shuttle service

All Admiral benefits, plus:

*OHC Classic Big Boat Racing

* Exclusive commemorative NRW 2016 gift

All Sponsor levels include two tickets to each listed event. Additional tickets are available for purchase for events offered at each sponsorship level.

Nantucket Race Week is the single largest fundraiser for Nantucket Community Sailing.
Your sponsor donation, less goods received, is a charitable contribution.


2016 Schedule and Description of Benefits:

NRW Program
Print deadline: Friday, July 8

The exclusive NRW program with complete schedule of races and social events with a special tribute to our 2016 sponsors and corporate underwriters as well as highlights from NRW 2015.

NCS Beach Facilities
10:00am - 5:00pm daily
August 13 - 20

All NRW sponsors receive full access to Nantucket Community Sailing boats and water sports equipment at Jetties Beach -- it's not too late to squeeze in that windsurfing lesson. From August 13 - 20. A great value for the entire family!

NRW 2016 Sponsor Gift

We have selected something special from the Simon Pearce Collection to thank all of our Sponsors!

2016 Sponsor Gift Bag

Commemorative NRW 2016 tote bag made especially for our Sponsors and filled with one-of-a-kind Race Week treats. For the Commodore level and higher.

2016 Special Thank You Gift

For our Secretary of the Navy sponsors, we have selected a surprise from the Simon Pearce Collection.

Family Barbeque
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Monday, August 15

Let's hear it for our junior sailors at the awards ceremony for the Opti and 420 Regattas. The NRW Clean Harbor Award, sponsored by Carlin Contracting, and the Clean Regatta Award from Sailors for the Sea will be presented. Bring your family for an enjoyable evening under the tent on the waterfront at the Great Harbor Yacht Club, 98 Washington Street Ext. Classic BBQ fare; casual attire

IOD Celebrity Invitational Kick Off Buffet
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Wednesday, August 17

Let the races begin! Come for cocktails and buffet dinner and meet the amateurs and celebrity tacticians -- featuring some of the best sailors in the world -- the America's Cup, US Olympic Sailing Team, collegiate all-stars and world sailing champions. Hosted by IOD Celebrity Invitational Chair Tom Whidden at the Great Harbor Yacht Club. Cocktails and buffet dinner; sport jacket attire

NRW Regatta Dinner
5:30pm- 8:00pm
Thursday, August 18

Celebrate the competitors at the awards ceremony for the IOD Celebrity Invitational and get the latest update on the day's racing by our celebrity tacticians (starts at 5:30pm). Buffet dinner (starts at 6:30pm) featuring a presentation by Tucker Thompson, the official host of the 2017 America's Cup at the Great Harbor Yacht Club. Cocktails and buffet dinner; sport jacket attire

NRW Sponsors Party
5:30pm - 7:00pm
Friday, August 19

In recognition of you -- our Nantucket Race Week Individual and Corporate sponsors who make this week a huge success, with special guest, NRW Honorary Chair, Gary Jobson. Hosted in the Governor's Room at the Nantucket Yacht Club. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres; sport jacket attire

Classic Yacht Exhibition
5:30pm - 8:00pm
Saturday, August 20

Don't miss this rare opportunity to tour some of the most beautiful classic yachts in the world. Go aboard these exceptional yachts and enjoy the sunset and a glass of wine. Check in on the docks at Straight Wharf, Nantucket Boat Basin. Cocktails; nautical attire -- please wear boat shoes or plan to go barefoot while aboard the yachts on exhibition

Big Boat Racing
Opera House Cup Regatta
9:00am - 3:00pm
Sunday, August 21

For our Secretary of the Navy sponsors -- the chance of a lifetime to race in the Opera House Cup aboard the classic schooner, Brilliant. Sailing experience helpful but not required. Meet at the Boat Basin at 9:00am, return at end of race (approximately 3:00pm). Space is limited. Box lunch provided; bring a life jacket and wear appropriate sailing attire

OHC Awards Party
6:00pm - 10:00pm
Sunday, August 21

The culminating social event of the week -- join us under the tents at Jetties Beach for the 44th annual OHC awards ceremony and celebration of classic wooden boat racing at its finest. Catered buffet dinner by some of Nantucket's best including Nantucket Native and Spanky's Raw Bar. Enjoy cocktails while dancing under the stars to the music of Perfect Day. The Awards Ceremony commences at 7:00pm. Note: Due to space limitations, the awards party is restricted to OHC competitors and sponsors at the Rear Admiral level and above. Tickets are limited! Cocktails and buffet dinner; nautical attire

BMW VIP Shuttle Service

Round-trip transportation from various parties for our Admiral Level sponsors and higher.

Most of your sponsorship gift (see above) is a tax-deductible charitable contribution to Nantucket Community Sailing, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

P.O. Box 2424, Nantucket, MA 02584
NCS Office: 508-228-6600 | Jetties Sailing Center: 508-228-5358
© 2017 Nantucket Community Sailing, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization