Sag Harbor Gets Ready for HarborFest

Whaleboat Races are the highlight of Sag Harbor's HarborFest weekend.
Whaleboat Races are the highlight of Sag Harbor’s HarborFest weekend.  | Sag Harbor Chamber of Commerce Photo

Sag Harbor hosts its 52nd Annual Harborfest this weekend, a village-wide event celebrating the maritime history of Sag Harbor.

The weekend includes classic whaleboat races, a female-skippered JY15 regatta, corn shucking contests, potato sack races, a tug of war, a hula hoop contest, a clam chowder contest, music and an arts and crafts fair on the village’s sidewalks.

The full schedule of events is below:

Calendar of Events
Friday, September 11

Join the Sag Harbor Whaling Museum for their annual HarborFest party to launch the official opening of HarborFest Weekend. A family friendly night of celebration and good fun with a picnic on the front lawn begins at 6 p.m. and runs through 9 p.m. Tickets range from $15 to $50 and are available online here. Cromer’s Market will be providing dinner, there will be beer and wine, and music all night long.

Saturday, September 12

9 a.m.: FREE Pilates on the Beach, Norma Jean Pilates Windmill Beach

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.: Arts and Crafts Fair OPEN for business Marine Park, Sidewalk Fair OPEN for business Main street/business district, Food and Non Profit Vendor Booths OPEN for business on Long Wharf

11a.m.: Goat on a Boat Puppet Theatre moving walk/Live Music Long Wharf/CHILDRENS Tug of War Windmill Beach

11:30 a.m.: American Beauty: one hour cruise Long Wharf/Flyboard Demonstration Long Wharf

12 Noon: Whaleboat races begin Windmill Beach

1 p.m.: American Beauty: one hour cruise Long Wharf/CHILDRENS Corn Shucking Contest Windmill Beach

1:30 p.m.: Flyboard Demonstration Long Wharf

2 p.m.: Whale Boat Races Windmill Beach

2:30 p.m.: CHILDRENS Potato Sack Race Windmill Beach/American Beauty: one hour cruise Long Wharf

3 p.m.: CHILDRENS Hula Hoop Contest Long Wharf/Whaleboat Races Windmill Beach

Sunday, September 13

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.: Arts and Crafts Fair OPEN for business Marine Park/Sidewalk Fair OPEN for business Main street/business district/Food and Non Profit Vendor Booths OPEN for business Long Wharf

11 a.m.: CLAM CHOWDER CONTEST Long Wharf/Live Music Long Wharf/CHILDRENS Tug of War Long Wharf

11:30 a.m.: American Beauty: one hour cruise Long Wharf/Flyboard Demonstration Long Wharf

12 noon: Whaleboat Races begin Windmill Beach

1 p.m.: American Beauty: one hour cruise Long Wharf/CHILDRENS Corn Shucking Contest Windmill Beach/Annual Wood Regatta, Women’s Open One Design Breakwater Yatch Club

1:30 p.m.: Flyboard Demonstration Long Wharf

2 p.m.: Whaleboat Races Windmill Beach

2:30 p.m.: CHILDRENS Potato Sack Race Windmill Beach

3 p.m.: CHILDRENS Hula Hoop Contest Long Wharf/Whaleboat Races Windmill Beach

3 to 5 p.m.: Live Music: Jim Turner Long Wharf

Also part of HarborFest this year is the Breakwater WOOD Regatta, a JY15 regatta helmed entirely by female skppers.

The race will be held in the waters off of Havens Beach and at the Breakwater Yacht Club building at 51 Bay Street in Sag Harbor immediately after a captain’s meeting at 2 p.m.

Now an integral part of Harborfest Weekend in Sag Harbor, the regatta is open to sailors of all genders as long as the helmsperson is female. Co-skippering is
allowed, but both skippers must be women. Women of all ages and experience levels are encouraged to participate. The regatta organizers will attempt to provide experienced crew, encouragement and support.

The JY15 is a two-person dinghy that is widely used for junior sailing programs as well as for racing.

There will be a skipper’s meeting at Breakwater Yacht Club at 2 p.m. with racing to follow immediately. Suggested arrival time is 1 p.m. to register and rig boats. The entry fee is $25 per boat, and BYC will provide boats for an additional $50 plus a security deposit. (fees may be waived in special circumstances).

For more information or to register for the regatta please contact Sara Nightingale at sara@saranightingale.com <mailto:sara@saranightingale.com>, 631.793.2256 or Sean Elliot at sean.elliott@breakwateryc.org, 631.725.4604.

 

Beth Young

Beth Young has been covering the East End since the 1990s. In her spare time, she runs around the block, tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at editor@eastendbeacon.com

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