Great Bay Yacht Club of Dover, NH is pleased to announce an historic MerryMac Regatta will be held on Saturday, July 18, 2015 (rain date Sunday, July 19) at Hilton State Park, Dover, NH.
Club History: In the spring of 1954, a group of sailors gathered with a simple purpose: "to organize and provide rules for racing this summer on Great Bay, or other places designated." Races were held each Sunday afternoon at the State Pier and included class racing for 12 foot catboats Merry Macs designed by club member Ned McIntosh and other boats by handicap. By 1958, Great Bay Yacht Club was officially registered with the State of New Hampshire as a non-profit organization whose purpose was "to foster the spirit of sailing in the community around the Great Bay area. "In 1959 the Club was able to purchase the two lots that became its home. The Club blossomed during the women's and "boat" divisions.
This will be the first MerryMac Regatta since the 50th Anniversary Regatta which was held at the club on July 19, 2008.
1. RULES: (Loosely followed by popular recommendation) - Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS).
2.CLASS: Traditional MerryMac and Oyster River Cat. No measurements will be taken. All sail may or may not sail in one fleet, it depends.
3.ELIGIBILITY: Open to all ages.
Skipper's Meeting: 10:00 am (HIGH tide is at 2:38 pm)
First Warning: 11:00 am
Races to follow
Last warning: No later than 3:00 pm, BBQ /awards at 5pm at GBYC, Wentworth Terrace
5.ENTRY: GBYC is located on Wentworth Terrace, Dover Point, NH at 43:124589, -70.8131513, a very short walk from Hilton Park. Registration officials will be at GBYC by 9:30 am and the Skippers Meeting will be held there. Barbecue and awards at the club. The entry fee of $35 can be paid in cash or by check, please make sure you register BEFORE the Skippers meeting. Entry includes a tradition of a great Race Committee and support boats, and after racing generous cook cookout and a variety of beverages appropriate for the spirit of the day.
6.SAILING INSTRUCTIONS: Provided at Skipper's Meeting.
7.SCORING: To be announced
8.RACING AREA: Launch at the State of NH ramp at Hilton Park and race upstream in the designated area. There may be some room at the GBYC dock, please check with the GBYC board in advance.
9.COURSES: To be announced
10.AWARDS: First through Fifth plus, The Wally Johnson Sportsmanship Award based on attitude, reaction to special situations during the regatta, or any other notable occurrence that expresses the high ideals of sportsmanship.
11.INFORMATION: Please contact June Pinkham (firstname.lastname@example.org or Tom Brown (email@example.com)
12.LOCATION: Exit 5 off the Spaulding Turnpike /NH Route 4/16 North on the Dover side of the Piscataqua River where it meets Great Bay. Follow road to the south to the Parking area and grass lawns.
Great Bay Yacht Club (View)
Dover, NH 03821