Established in 2008 and sponsored by the Rockland Yacht Club, the Maine Rocks Race covers a distance of about 112 nautical miles. The course takes the fleet from Rockland to Matinicus Rock, then to Mount Desert Rock (hence the name of the race), then around Matinicus Rock again before a return to Rockland.
The event is designed for short-handed racing and is open to boats crewed by one or two people. Membership in RYC is not required. The race offers participants the experience of sharpening short-handed offshore sailing skills and refining systems and procedures for short-handed passagemaking.
The Rockland Yacht Club is very pleased and proud to have this race included as a qualifier for the Ocean Planet Short-handed Trophy.