How to Sail Away With Nantucket Race Week

Celebrate our Atlantic island in true, sailor’s fashion at the annual Nantucket Race Week. Cheer on the boats and join in the excitement from the shoreline while enjoying the tastes and sounds of authentic New England. If you’ve been looking for a reason to pull out your Nantucket reds and throw on that faded, woven hat, here’s your chance. 

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Everything You Need to Know About Nantucket Race Week

Discover the exciting world of Nantucket sailing at Nantucket Race Week. The week-long series includes over ten regattas ranging from the main event, the IOD Invitational, to youth regattas to women-only races. 

When the racing festivities are over, snag your ticket to the Great Harbor Yacht Club’s family cookout or the formal IOD Celebrity Invitational Opening Buffet and enjoy local eats. Explore the island’s mega yachts with a ticket to the Classic Yacht Exhibition. The festival truly has something for everyone!

  • The Regattas

Nantucket Race Week boasts a wide range of sailing regattas. Adjust your schedule to see a little bit of everything from kiteboard to open laser to team racing to youth races and much more. Races are open to the public with advance registration if you’re looking to get your boat in the game. Or stay shorebound and pick your favorite color to cheer along the choppy North Atlantic waters. 

Did you know? 

Nantucket Race Week is a Gold-level Clean Regatta recipient. What does that mean? It means that the race has done its part year after year to take care of its waters and beaches after the fun is over. Stay late this year for the annual beach clean up at Jetties Beach. 

  • Where to Dine During Race Week

Join the talented sailors each day after the races for a social hour and dinner. Evenings are sponsored by Great Harbor Yacht Club and require a ticket. Don’t leave your home team hanging. Cheer them on at the nightly awards ceremonies! Join the family cookout for a casual reception or snag a ticket to the IOD Celebrity Invitational Opening Buffet for a formal affair.   

Unwind at the Periwinkle Inn

Captain Bildad room Periwinkle InnSpend your race week in the quaint comforts of Periwinkle Inn. Stay in the Captain Bildad room and enjoy distant harbor views with the regattas as its backdrop. The room boasts a queen-size bed, sitting area, Turkish towels and bathrobes, Malin + Goetz toiletries, and a complimentary, delicious breakfast. 

The idyllic bed and breakfast is conveniently located within walking distance of Downtown Nantucket, Children’s Beach, Brant Point Lighthouse, and the historic Atheneum Library. Enjoy all of the comforts of quiet living in the heart of downtown. Don’t forget to book directly to get the best rate for the Periwinkle Inn!