High Summer, High Spirits in the Reach

The Eggemoggin Reach Regatta takes place annually on the first Saturday in August, and that’s how it’s been ever since the first race in 1985. It’s a ’round-the-buoy contest of 15 miles out into Jericho Bay and return for wooden sailboats longer than 25′ and the event quickly grew from the original 13-boat fleet to 100 or more lovely classics. A couple of feeder races (Castine-to-Camden on Thursday and Camden-to-Brooklin on Friday) bring in much of the ERR fleet, making Friday and Saturday evenings a wonderful sight for classic yacht voyeurs.

Mid-size yachts in the 30-50′ range make up most of the fleet but occasionally big ones show up such as the 1930 America‘s Cup challenger Shamrock V, and the tall ships Gazela or Pride of Baltimore.

Brooklin Boat Yard and Rockport Marine are co-sponsors, and WoodenBoat Publications is where the shoreside festivities take place late Saturday afternoon into the evening, and include food, music, and the award ceremony.

Yachts that are anchored in pastoral Great Cove have the place pretty much to themselves and that’s true of the racecourse as well, so with spruce and granite backgrounds, it’s perfect for shooting photos. It’s often calm at the start and gradually breezes up in the afternoon when the southwest wind pipes up.  So there are a wide variety of sailing conditions and at times things get exciting!

Maynard shot most of the following photos from one of his boats, sometimes while racing  Aida, others from the committee boat, and still more while ranging through the anchored fleet. This is a sampling; his collection has many more.