New England 6mR Association Hosting Week of Racing in Maine

The New England Fleet will have races from Sunday, July 31 to Saturday, August 6. Races will take place in Maine and begin at Blue Hill, and culminate with the Eggemoggin Reach Regatta. 4 boats have signed up for the series with the hope that more will join the festivities in coming years. Also contested for the first time will be the Olin Stephens Cup, which will be emblematic of the Classic North America 6 Meter Champion. It is hoped that this series and trophy will alternate between coasts. More information will be forthcoming.

News Release:

New England 6mR Fleet Classic Series
Sunday July 31st to Saturday August 6th 2005
Starting in Blue Hill, ME and ending in Brooklin, ME

Dear All,

This is a quick reminder to everyone that we are hosting a weeklong 6mR racing series starting Sunday July 31st and ending Saturday August 6th. The race schedule and format are below:

Date Event/Race Location
30-Jul Saturday Welcome Dinner in Blue Hill
31-Jul Sunday Blue Hill to Brooklin
1-Aug Monday Brooklin to Castine
2-Aug Tuesday Castine Harbor
3-Aug Wednesday Castine to Camden
4-Aug Thursday Lay day - Tow or cruise boats to Brooklin
5-Aug Friday Brooklin /Eggemoggin Reach
6-Aug Saturday Eggemoggin Reach regatta

There are several reasons to be excited about this summer’s series. First, I am talking to the Puget Sound 6mR Association about making this series the first Classic 6mR National Championship, which would then alternate coasts over the coming years. Secondly, I have firm commitments from six boats to participate in various parts of, if not the entire week. Third, the International Six Meter Association is considering Newport, RI as the location for the 2009 6mR World Championship. What we accomplish this summer will create momentum to make 2009 an exciting reality. Lastly, the proposed racing will take the fleet through some of the best sailing waters on the East Coast, culminating in the Eggemoggin Reach Regatta, where we will join over 100 other classic yachts. Given our numbers, I expect the 6mR fleet will have our own start in the ERR.

Parties: We plan to have a welcome dinner at the Kollegewidgwok Yacht Club in Blue Hill on Saturday night. There will also be a good dinner in Castine on Wednesday night followed on Friday night with Greg Carroll’s famous pre-Eggemoggin Reach Regatta party – all capped off with the party on the grounds of the WoodenBoat after the Eggemoggin Reach Regatta. Therefore, there should be plenty of family-oriented fun.

I look forward to working with all of you to make this first effort at a classic 6mR series a success. Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Toby Rodes