2013 J/24 Downeast Regatta

Are you planning to be in the USA in September this year? If you have a few days and want to take your sailing gear, here is a regatta you might like to crash.The 2013 J/24 Downeast Regatta is just under a month away and with the sailing season in full swing here in Maine we wanted to update you on the latest with the event.


There are currently 25 boats from 2 countries and 7 states registered.  Click here to see who.

World Qualification:

2013’s Downeast Regatta will be a US world qualifier for the 2014 J/24 Worlds in Newport, RI for any US J/24 member (not just district 1)

As many of you know Team AL led by Carter White, Mark Klein and Molly White have won the Downeast Regatta the last four years in a row, despite some tough competition.  However, there is good news for those that wish to qualify during the Downeast Regatta as not only is Team AL totally beatable, just ask either Lee Buress (winner 2007) or Charlie Enright (winner 2008); but Team AL has already recently qualified for the 2014 World Championship at the J/24 District 1 Championship a few weeks ago. So game on, the field is open with no real favorite for 2013.


Local Portland Yacht Club or Fleet 43 members host as many teams as possible during the Downeast Regatta.  Over the last two years we have housed (FOR FREE) over 15 boats worth of sailors each year.

To get in on this “FREE” housing all you need to do is be registered for the regatta and then email co-chair and housing coordinator Molly White at mollyfrommaine@yahoo.com

Although we haven’t turned anyone away for housing yet it is on a first come first serve basis and can be limited in quantity so act fast before its all gone.  There are other lodging options in the area anywhere from inexpensive to expensive, check them all out at the lodging page of the website.


The J24 Downeast Regatta Entry Fee includes:

5 traditional Maine Lobster Bake dinners

Chilli and munchies on Friday upon your arrival

Huge continental breakfast on Sat and Sun

Gritty’s Beer Fri, Sat, Sun

Double Cross Vodka Fri and Sat

Live Entertainment on Sat

2 Great days of Racing (Average 6 races)

Launch and Haul

Free raffle of cool marine products

and much more…..

Click here to register now!

Register before August 31st to avoid late fee and save $35

Click here for details from the 2012 Regatta that had over 30 boats!


2012 Video Center check out all the party action off the water.

Click here for the full results from past years 

Click here for on and off the water photos

Downeast Regatta named host of 2015 North American Championship
The Annual J24 Downeast Regatta and J24 Fleet 43, Portland Yacht Club and Handy Boat Service will host the 2015 J24 North American Championship.This event will take place on the traditional weekend of the Downeast Regatta (1st weekend following Labor Day in September) but the event will be extended to include racing Thursday through Sunday.  We plan to have some of the racing outside the islands for a more open ocean feel.  Traditionally the J24 Downeast Regatta attracts over 30 boats and we expect over 60 boats to attend the North Americans.  The sailing area, Yacht Club and boat yard are only 1.5 hours from Boston so coming “Downeast” isn’t as far as you might think.

Put this date September 10th to 13th 2015, on your calendar now! 
2013 Downwind action
2012 Downeast downwind action!