You are coming to the Nationals, right?

Before you make your final decisions about the Nationals, take a minute to truly picture Rockport in August.

Downtown RockportAre you seeing a quaint little village that sits picturesquely upon a craggy outcropping of rock? And the quintessential white church on the green, do you see that, too? How about peek-a-boo views of the water everywhere you walk in town? Between the buildings, and through the gate with the hole in the door?

Do you like art galleries, antique shops, and small artisan shops? Little restaurants that serve wonderful seafood and have breathtaking views of the water. How about spending an afternoon whale watching?

And did we mention that all this is within walking distance of Sandy Bay Yacht Club, where the racing will be happening. So plan to come and stay a while!

Now that we’ve got your attention, let’s talk about the particulars of the regatta:

Hate to Sail Long Distances to the Race Course – in Sandy Bay it takes 10 minutes or less to get to the line. Check out this chart to see how close Sandy Bay is to the Rockport harbor. All races are held inside the breakwater.

Housing — Do you like to stay with locals, in a cozy B&B, or in a full-service motel? Our very active Housing Chairperson, Elaine Hassler, has gathered up a sizable number of local residents who will be happy to share their homes with you. But she also has a lengthy list of B&Bs or motels to choose from. Many of them are offering us discounts. This will be part of your welcome package. Or you can call her at 978-546-7178 or email her at

Boats – Do you want to participate, but don’t want to trailor your boat? No problem. We have boats. To find out more about this, contact Kevin Lane at 978-281-5263 or

Crew – You’re committed, but short on crew? That’s just one more example of something Kevin can help you with. Contact him at 978-281-5263 or

And, finally, we want you to bring your family: We are offering:

a wonderful spectator boat to view the races and see Rockport from the water
lots of family-friendly activities and restaurants available in the area Bradley Wharf

To check out other views of Rockport and Cape Ann (the peninsula where Rockport is located), visit these websites.

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