Thrills, Spills at PYC Downeast Regatta

Early Saturday morning on September 7 the Portland Yacht Club’s docks were deserted, but not for long! Thirty-three J24 skippers and a hundred-plus crew and volunteers invaded the docks and clubhouse for the 27th Downeast J24 Regatta.

Racers were treated to perfect fall weather and fun-filled activities. Saturday’s weather was perfect with sunny skies, building afternoon breezes, and flat seas. Saturday night the racers were treated to a delicious lobster bake under a tent at PYC, along with adult beverages and a live band for entertainment.

Sunday morning a cold front moved in and kicked off a northwest wind that started off light and continued to build to a steady 20 to 25 knots with higher gusts to 35. As the wind built the seas became more confused, and it often looked like the J24s were in the middle of a fast-agitating rinse cycle!

Here are a few action-packed photos, including a dramatic wipeout that happened after Matix crossed the finish line.

For complete results from the 27th Downeast J24 Regatta, click here.

Story and photos by Ann-e Blanchard, PYC member