Marblehead gathers to celebrate our maritime and yachting traditions
MARBLEHEAD — Gary Gregory first set foot on a sailboat in 1973, racing on the Charles River as a college student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
His collegiate sailing career has evolved into a tremendous love of wooden yachts, the aesthetically pleasing, graceful vessels that some purchase the same way they would a piece of art, he said.
On Saturday, Gregory will hop aboard Valiant, his 64-foot yacht, with 16 or 17 crew members to compete in the annualCorinthian Classic Yacht Regatta, a Marblehead maritime tradition that attracts sailors and spectators from all over New England.
“For me, it’s the people,” said Gregory, 61, who lives in Marblehead. “I love the people and their interest and we are united by a love of boats.”
The two-day event, hosted by the Corinthian Yacht Club, includes two 20-mile races over courses that start at the mouth of Marblehead Harbor. More than 60 boatswill participatein the regatta.
There are two races scheduled, but the race committee can alter, add, or abandon a course because of the weather.
Despite the competitive edge, the race is more about the people, the excitement, and the beauty of the vessels. Cocktail receptions are held after each race. The Marblehead Chamber of Commerce hosts its annualMaritime Festival— featuring exhibits, vendors, and tours — Thursday through Sunday to coincide with the regatta. Read the rest of the Boston Globe article here.
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