'Herreshoff Classic' returns this weekend


Bristol will teem with historic yachts as the annual Herreshoff Classic Regatta and Living Boat Show takes over the harbor this Friday and  Saturday.

The Herreshoff Classic Regatta is an annual event drawing hundreds of participants from around the world. Classic and Herreshoff boat owners gather for a weekend of challenging races and social events. The weekend includes the Living Boat Show, the race for the prestigious Bill Swan Memorial Trophy, the Livingston’s Wind Hill Trophy for Herreshoff 12 1/2s, and a barbecue style dinner.

Boat classes represented include CRF Classic (pre-1971); CRF Spirit of Tradition (1971 and later); S Class; 12 1/2 (wood or fiberglass including CCSB, H12, Bullseye, and Doughdish); Six Meter; Twelve Meter; 5.5 Meter; Sea Sprite 23; and CRF Cat Boat.

The Living Boat Show, which runs from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, August 23, welcomes participants in the Herreshoff Classic Regatta and members of the general public to come together in celebration of classic yachts and our nation’s yachting history. Guests who wish to attend the Living Boat Show do not need to register in advance, as tickets will be sold at the entrance to the tent. Tickets are free for regatta registrants, $7 for Herreshoff Marine Museum members who are not registered for the regatta, and $15 for non-members who are not registered for the regatta.

Guests gather in the Museum's waterfront tent for food, drink, and sunset views of the Museum’s mooring field and docks filled with lovely, historically significant yachts. Join Museum staff, classic boat owners, and regatta participants to hear of the history of the boats, the people and the place.

The regatta will be held August 24, with the awards ceremony and summer barbecue following that evening. Guests will enjoy dinner under the tent and welcome the sailors, owners, and restorers of these beautiful classic yachts, and join with Museum staff and the race committee in congratulating the winners of the day's races.
Dinner tickets are $55 per person and include barbecue boneless chicken thighs, steakhouse style sirloin, Sicilian pasta salad, tossed mesclun salad, wood-grilled vegetable salad, dill and chive potato salad, sausage and peppers, coffee and watermelon.

For more information, contact the Herreshoff Marine Museum/America's Cup Hall of Fame, One Burnside St., Bristol; 401/253-5000; herreshoff.org/events/regatta.html.


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