Capt. Matt Glenn, Race Organizer
Calling all small sail boats, rowboats, kayaks and paddle boards!
The Gundalow Company's Round Island Regatta takes to the water August 11th
Portsmouth, NH - Gundalow Company (a 501c3 nonprofit located in Portsmouth, NH) will host the 8th Annual Round Island Regatta on Saturday, August 11th at 11:30 to 2pm. The Regatta has become an established annual event for a competitive, healthy and fun day on Portsmouth’s Back Channel, featuring a broad variety of small boats.
“This race is for anyone with a small wooden or fiberglass boat that can be rowed, sailed or paddled.” said director Molly Bolster. “With separate classes of boats and separate starts for adults and kids, this is a fun event for families, competitive racers and everyone in between.”
Launching from the Peirce Island Boat Ramp, racers will circle around Round Island up to three times. Sailors will be first to start at 11:30am. Solo kayaks, paddleboards, and rowboats will start soon after with Youth, Adult, and Masters brackets. Finally, the Multi-Paddle class will start for all boats rowed or paddled by more than one competitor.
Spectators are welcome along the banks of Peirce Island and the South End, and commentary will be provided near the boat ramp on Peirce Island. Following the race, competitors and spectators are invited to attend the post-race picnic and awards ceremony on Four Tree Island. Besides the top finishers, there will be prizes for best costume, best decorated boat, and sportsmanship.
New this year, there will be a “Great Little Gundalow Derby” event for kids to decorate and launch six-inch wooden gundalow models on the tidal current.
Race registration is $25 per person through July 30th, $30 thereafter, and includes the race & picnic afterwards. Spectators can join the picnic and awards for $20. For tickets and registration please visit www.roundislandregatta.com.
Proceeds from the Regatta benefit the Gundalow Company, a nonprofit with a mission to “Protect the Piscataqua Region’s maritime heritage and environment”. Their award-winning school program, “Celebrating Our Rivers”, and River Rats summer camp take place aboard the traditionally-rigged wooden sailing gundalow and around the estuary.