Round Island Regatta

Photo credits: Michael Sterling, Hunter Normandeau


Celebrate Portsmouth’s maritime tradition by taking part in the seventh annual Round Island Regatta on Saturday, August 19th, 2017.


Launching from the Peirce Island Boat Ramp, racers will circle around Round Island.

Spectators are welcome along the banks of the Back Channel, and commentary will be provided near the boat ramp on Peirce Island.  Following the race, competitors and spectators are invited to attend the post-race picnic and awards ceremony on Four Tree Island.

Proceeds from the race will help support the Gundalow Company’s award-winning education programs.

All competitors and picnic attendees must pre-register for the event. The event will occur rain or shine.


All classes will sail anti-clockwise around Round Island using the double orange buoy at the East end of Shapleigh Bridge and Kennedy #4419 balls as windward and leeward marks. Sail 3x around Paddlers 2x around.


Class 1 Sail: between committee boat and Esther’s Marina S pin. Five minute sequence
Class 2, 3, 4 Single Paddle: “Le Mans” start from Peirce Island ramp, round committee boat and thence to course.
Class 5 Multiple Paddle: On water between committee boat and Southend YC Northerly pin.


All classes finish in a Northerly direction between committee boat and Southend YC North pin.

No handicaps, no protests and skippers are solely responsible
for the safety of their crews and boats.

There are two steps to registration:

  1. Purchase your tickets online here, call us at 603-433-9505 or stop by our office at 60 Marcy St in Portsmouth.

  2. For competitors: Complete the registration form below – if it doesn’t load use this link


3:00-6:00pm: Bracelet and number pick up at the Gundalow Company (60 Marcy Street)

Saturday August 19th
High Water 9:55 am

9:30-11:00am: Bracelet and number pickup under the tent at the Peirce Island Boat Ramp

10am: Skippers meeting for all sailors at Peirce Ramp (please launch and rig your boat prior)

Class 1 Sail start on the water
For Spectators, there will be commentary near the Peirce Island Boat Ramp

11am: Skippers meeting for all rowers/paddlers (please have your boat ready prior).

First: youth paddle class start from the water
Second: All rowers and canoes start from the water
Third: Kayaks and paddleboards

12:30: Picnic begins on Four Tree Island, with awards ceremony. All competitors are included, and spectators that have purchased a wristband may attend the picnic. Additional picnic tickets available at the Four Tree Island gate or online.

1:30pm: Awards Ceremony on Four Tree Island

2:30pm: Regatta ends, cars and boats depart from Peirce Island


Trailered boats should launch and then park at the Peirce Island ramp prior to their skipper’s meeting time.  There is no launch fee for racers.
Car-topped boats (kayaks, canoes, paddleboards, Frostys, etc) should unload near the water and then drive across the street to the commercial Fish Pier.  Volunteers will show you where to park on the grass; please do not park on pavement.
Please avoid blocking the launch ramp for any longer than necessary, as it remains open to the public.
Picnic attendees may walk, bike, or park on the grass by the Fish Pier.

We are delighted to have so many local businesses and friends as sponsors of the Round Island Regatta. The businesses are mainly local service providers who are recommended and patronized by people associated with the regatta. We are lucky to have the support of these sponsors who provide excellent products and great services. Please patronize them and reciprocate their generosity. A big thank you also to the many generous individual sponsors who have gone out of their way to show their support for the event.

To inquire about sponsorship, contact Kait

Check back after the event for award winners.

Contact Us

Gundalow Company
60 Marcy Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801
(603) 433-9505
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