The crew of Far Out prepares for a race. The largest boats in the Northeast Harbor Fleet, known as the "cruising class," plan an overnight race and cruise this summer. ISLANDER FILE PHOTO

Northeast Harbor Fleet plans overnight cruise to Brooklin



MOUNT DESERT — The Cruising Class boats of the Northeast Harbor Fleet will go a bit farther afield for one of their races this summer, according to class captain Chris Hopkins.

The boats will undertake a two-day cruise and race, beginning with a race from Northeast Harbor up Eggemoggin Reach to WoodenBoat in Brooklin Aug. 6. They’ll have a launch service, catered cocktail party and dinner there, and race back to the fleet the next day.

Awards will be presented for both races, overall best finish and other distinctions.

The entry fee for the race will be $200 per boat, which will include two tickets for the dinner. Additional tickets can be purchased for $70 each.

“There will be plenty of additional information to come but mark the date on your calendar for what is sure to be the start of a great tradition,” Hopkins said.

In addition to the August cruise, a full racing schedule is planned for the summer. This year, the Reath Trophy Pursuit Race is set for July 8, the Hospice Regatta of Maine for July 15 and the Connie Madeira Raft Up and Pursuit Race for July 22. The Great Harbor Dream Pursuit Race and Party will be July 29.

“As always, one of our priorities this summer is to get more boats out racing,” Hopkins said. “To that end, if you already participate in some or all of the racing events, I’d like to encourage you to invite someone new out to race this season. If you are not a regular racer, then I encourage you to come out more often this year. If you need crew, we are again having our crew-finding board up and running so that anyone needing crew can find interested sailors.”

Visit nehfleet.com.

 

Liz Graves

Liz Graves

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Former Islander reporter and editor Liz Graves grew up in California and came to Maine as a schooner sailor.

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