The Classic Yacht Owners Association, based in Newport, R.I., has established Maine as its own District in a newly formed competition called the Classic Yachts Challenge Series. To win the Maine District Series, competitors need to race in three races in Maine, in two separate Maine events.

One reason CYOA has added the District Championship Series is give boats that can’t travel between districts the chance to be recognized. To qualify for the Overall Series Championship, an additional two races must be completed, and one of those two races must be in either the Massachusetts or New York/Rhode Island/Connecticut districts. The Overall Championship series unites 13 classic yacht regattas from Long Island Sound to Eggemoggin Reach, Maine.

The Maine district’s classic racing season will start with the Boothbay Harbor Yacht Club Regatta and Shipyard Cup Classics Challenge, July 24 and 25; followed by the Camden Classics Cup, July 29-31; the Castine Classic Yacht Race, Aug. 5 and the Camden to Brooklin Feeder race Aug. 6. The Eggemoggin Reach Regatta, now in its 36th year — and the regatta that started it all in Maine — wraps up the Maine series on Aug. 7.

These are destination regattas. Every town puts out the welcome mat for these sailors and their crews. Because each regatta has its own flavor and charm, yachts come in from the Caribbean, Long Island Sound, across New England and up and down the coast of Maine to participate in these regattas.

There are already several Maine boats racing in the Maine regattas and traveling to other districts to compete for the Overall Championship Series. From Maine, those wishing to compete for the overall trophy will go on to the Massachusetts or the New York/Rhode Island/Connecticut district. The Maine District Champion and Overall Champion will be announced in the fall in Newport, R.I., at the CYOA awards ceremony. The awards ceremony location will rotate year to year. For more information on the Classic Yachts Challenge Series, visit