Considered by many to be the “boating capital of New England,” the picturesque town of Boothbay Harbor, Maine, is abuzz with excitement as participants and spectators for this weekend’s Shipyard Cup begin to pour into town. The Shipyard Cup – racing Saturday and Sunday, August 13 and 14 – is the eminent big boat sailing regatta held annually in the Boothbay Region. And specially created Chelsea Clock trophies will be at the finish to honor first-, second- and third-place winners in each of the two races that comprise this annual superyacht competition.
“The Shipyard Cup is a wonderful New England tradition that attracts some of the world’s most spectacular sailing yachts,” says JK Nicholas, CEO of Chelsea Clock. “We are thrilled to be a part of this prestigious event and honored to be the creators of the exclusive Shipyard Cup trophies.”
The Shipyard Cup is a grand sailboat regatta held for nine of the past 10 years in Boothbay Harbor, and is one of a handful of big boat regattas held in other great yachting capitals around the world such as St. Barth’s, Palma de Mallorca, Porto Cervo and Newport.
The “Corinthian Spirit” style competition of the Shipyard Cup is run under Bucket Protocol rating rules. The event kicks off at midday on Friday with registration, cocktails and, in keeping with the true Maine spirit, a lobster bake held at Hodgdon Yachts, main sponsor of the race. Participating yachts will set off from Wotton’s Wharf on Saturday for the first race at noon and again on Sunday for the second race, followed by a host of other scheduled festivities. The event rounds off with the official award ceremony on Sunday, August 14, when one of the yachts will take top honors and carry off the overall winning trophy – an engraved Chelsea Clock 4.5” Ship’s Bell Clock.
With a passion for the true amateur sport, a respect for the grandeur of big boat competition and the unmatched beauty and grace of the coast of Maine, the Shipyard Cup is a participant and spectator’s dream come true. Few events celebrate the authentic majesty of yachting’s heritage and future like the Shipyard Cup. This year, the Shipyard Cup will again be open to sailing vessels 21 metres/70 feet and above from around the globe, with typical entrants averaging 100 feet and over.
The Shipyard Cup began in 2002 with support from founding sponsors Hodgdon Yachts of East Boothbay, Maine and Boothbay Region Boatyard of Boothbay Harbor, Maine. This spectacular, weekend-long event continues to celebrate the true spirit of yachting, attracting boating enthusiasts from near and far to compete for top honors.