Race Week News


Nantucket Race Week Individual Sponsorship Opportunity
July 8, 2024

Download the 2024 NRW Individual Sponsor letter HERE

'Teach a child to sail and the lessons will last a lifetime.'

Alan Newhouse,

NCS Founder



AUGUST 14 – 18, 2024

Dear Friends of Nantucket Community Sailing,

Join us on Nantucket this summer as Nantucket Community Sailing celebrates its 30th anniversary and commemorates the 21st Nantucket Race Week and the 52nd Opera House Cup. In addition to regattas for all types of sailboats, you won't want to miss the special events:

- Family Cookout and Youth Awards, Great Harbor Yacht Club, August 14

- IOD Celebrity Invitational Opening Dinner, private home, August 14

- NCS 30th Anniversary Gala, The Nantucket Hotel, August 16

- Classic Yacht Exhibition, Straight Wharf, August 17

- Brewery Night Party, Nantucket Yacht Club, August 17

- Rainbow Parade and Parade of Wooden Boats, Brant Point, August 18

- Opera House Cup Awards Party, Jetties Beach, August 18

NCS's mission today is the same as it was 30 years ago – to provide sailing access to all and give children the opportunity to develop the life skills that come with learning to sail: confidence, teamwork, and respect for the marine environment. Alan Newhouse's words resonate as our young sailors progress from Tiny Salts to Optis to 420s to becoming NCS sailing instructors. Sailing has helped many NCS students get into great colleges and become successful in life.

Nantucket Race Week is the primary fundraiser for Nantucket Community Sailing, and the proceeds from Nantucket Race Week fund critical NCS programs each year:

- Sailing classes for 1000 children, half are island kids receiving scholarships

- $150K in sailing scholarships and free sailing for island youth and adults who otherwise would not have access to sailing, including adaptive sailing lessons for children of all abilities, sailing and water sports for children from Nantucket Sports and Therapeutic Accessible Recreation (STAR) and the Nantucket Boys & Girls Club, and therapeutic sails for Old Salts from the Saltmarsh Center and PASCON clients and caregivers

- Boats and equipment for the Nantucket High School sailing team

- Subsidized sailing for Tiny Salts toddlers and Silver Sailors

Please become a Nantucket Race Week Sponsor and help these aspiring sailors make their dream a reality.

Thank you for your support,

Peter Barrett, NRW Co-Chair
Steve Ulian, NRW Co-Chair
Harry Rein, NCS Board Chair

2024 Nantucket Race Week Individual Sponsor Benefits



NRW 2024 burgee, and your name listed in the NRW Program and on the NRW Sponsor Poster.(Charitable donation $480)



The above sponsor benefits plus a YETI Sidekick dry bag, and two tickets to the Classic Yacht Exhibition on Straight Wharf on Saturday, August 17th, 5:30 – 7:00pm. (Charitable donation $1,380)



The above sponsor benefits plus two tickets to the Opera House Cup Awards Party at Jetties Beach on Sunday, August 18th, 6:00 – 10:00pm. Catering by Nantucket Catering Company, PJ's raw bar, and dancing to the Billy Blackstone band. Awards will be presented at 7:30pm.(Charitable donation $2,130)

Rear Admiral


The above sponsor benefits, with your gift upgraded to a YETI Panga 28L backpack. (Charitable donation $4,380)



The above sponsor benefits, plus two tickets to the sold-out Brewery Night Party at Nantucket Yacht Club on Saturday, August 17th, 6:30pm.(Charitable donation $6,680)

Secretary of the Navy


The above sponsor benefits plus the opportunity to view the Opera House Cup Regatta from aboard a lovely spectator boat. Space is limited. (Charitable donation $8,980)

Sponsor gifts may be picked up at the NCS office at 4 Winter Street as of August 14th

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Please donate online HERE, or download the 2024 NRW Individual Sponsor letter HERE and return the reply form with your check to Nantucket Community Sailing, PO Box 2424, Nantucket, MA 02584

Sponsors as of July 12th will be included in the NRW Program. Thank you!

Nantucket Race Week and the Opera House Cup are the largest fundraisers for Nantucket Community Sailing, a 501c3 non-profit organization. Your donation, less benefits received, is a tax-deductible charitable contribution.

P.O. Box 2424, Nantucket, MA 02584
NCS Office: 508-228-6600 | Jetties Sailing Center: 508-228-5358
© 2024 Nantucket Community Sailing, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization