Wednesday, July 26, 2006

2006 Around Long Island Regatta: Starts in Brooklyn on Thursday


On Thursday afternoon, more than 50 sailboats, ranging in size from 27 to 50 feet, will gather off of Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn to race more than 200 miles around the perimeter of Long Island. The regatta takes the fleet past Breezy Point around Montauk and finishes off Glen Cove, New York.

Since 1977, sailors have been coming to Brooklyn to race in the Around Long Island Regatta, sponsored by the Sea Cliff Yacht Club. Whether they come for the party at the Sheepshead Bay Yacht Club or come for the racing, for close to 30 years they've shown up to put their boats and crews to the test. This regatta is also one of the races that counts (or scores) for the prestigious Northern Ocean Racing Trophy.

This year's race starts on Thursday, July 27th with the first gun going off around 1:00 p.m.,, with starts continuing until 3:00 p.m. There is also a starting line ceremonies taking place in Sheepshead Bay prior to the start. For those who want to watch the race, there are many viewing spots around Long Island where land-locked spectators can view the action. Based on past results, the regatta should wrap-up by Saturday afternoon.

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