The Barnacle Regatta
Local humor notes that sailboat racing in Portsmouth started the first time there were two sailboats on the Elizabeth River at the same time.
Unlike many organizations where hard nosed competition is the rule, PBC likes to promote a friendly, more laid back and casual racing atmosphere. As such we encourage racing on the Elizabeth by promoting the Barnacle Regatta. This regatta began as local marina races run informally for bragging rights and fun. Today the races feature 14-21 boats from PBC, other yacht clubs and private individuals. The races are held from April through October. If two boats show up, we have a race. If enough boats show up, we have classes and multiple winners. Skippers are encouraged to register prior to the races, however late entry can be anytime up to 1 hour before the race warning gun. One of the best liked features of the regatta is the low entry fee. It's cheap, its fun and the after race social is always a big hit.
After the race, skippers and crews fall back to the PBC clubhouse for a cookout, bragging and excuse sessions and the all important beverages. The menu is usually hot dogs and burgers for a modest donation. Come join in the fun.
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