Round Island Regatta

Photo credits: 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.

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.

Registration is not open at this time. Check back later.

Saturday August 19th

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

9:00am Trailered boats start arriving and rigging

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

9:30am: Skippers Meeting, for all classes

10:00am: Class 1 Sail start off Esther’s Marina on the water

11:00am: Paddling classes start

12:30pm: Picnic begins.  Spectator tickets may be bought at the gate.

1:00pm: Prizes awarded

3:00pm: Regatta ends, cars and boats depart from Peirce Island


Free parking and boat launch is available from Peirce Island for all registered participants wearing bracelets. For Spectators, there will be commentary near the Peirce Island Boat Ramp.  Sponsors are invited to view from Piscataqua, docked at the South End Yacht Club, but otherwise the YC is not open to the public. Docking is not allowed at the club, but boats may be tied up at the Wentworth Lear sea wall after racing, or preferably put back on cars at Peirce Island.  From there participants can walk across the bridge to the picnic.

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 Molly

Check back after the event for award winners.

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