Set sail in September on Cape Cod! The Great Provincetown Schooner Regatta and Yacht Race is underway and the peninsula is brimming with excitement.
People from across the country are flocking to Cape Cod this week to watch historic schooners under full sail compete in an all out race. This race is one of the BEST attractions in Cape Cod – hands down!
And, if you’ve never seen one of these schooners up close, you’re missing out. As you take in all of the action during the week of competition, just watching the majestic schooners really gives you the feeling you’ve stepped back in time
History And Tradition
The first Great Provincetown Schooner Race was held in 2002. Provincetown resident Captain John Bennett had been racing his Schooner Hindu in the Gloucester Schooner Festival and was inspired to organize a schooner gathering in his home port. Although Captain Bennett did not live to see his dream come to fruition, the committee that he had formed hosted the inaugural regatta that September in his honor. All who participated in this effort were inspired by Captain Bennett’s passion for sailing, his love of historic Schooners and his philosophy that good fellowship and good times are an important part of everyone’s life.
The Challenge for the Fishermen’s Cup, the first Schooner race of the annual Regatta, runs a course from Gloucester to Provincetown. It commemorates the Lipton Cup race of 1907 in which the Schooner Rose Dorothea of Provincetown triumphed. Sir Thomas J. Lipton, a sailing enthusiast and founder of the Lipton Tea Company, provided the trophy for this race and it was presented to the winner by the Mayor of Boston, John F. “Honey Fitz” Fitzpatrick, grandfather of the late Senator Edward “Ted” Kennedy.
Take In The Sights
With races each day for a full week, spectators can take in a day’s event or stick around and watch every minute of the action.
During the big race, two classes of schooners actually race the course alongside four classes of modern sailing vessels. This is always an exciting time for yachting enthusiasts and novices alike.
You can also tour the schooners! And, be sure to ask the captains about tickets for a ride-along.There are usually seats available aboard the racing schooners so spectators can actually be alongside the crew as the race is happening. It is truly a thrilling ride that not many people get to experience.
Cape Cod Vacations
If you thought Cape Cod slowed down in September – think again. With the schooner regatta and all of the other fall festivals on Cape Cod – there are literally dozens of things to do – day and night! But before you come, be sure to inquire about Cape Cod Hotel Packages. Room rates are very affordable in the fall, so there is really no excuse not to turn a family day trip into a weekend stay!