The 2008 Opera House Cup was an amazing regatta: big breeze, sunny skies, and beautiful classic yachts. View the photos here.

It was a perfect culmination for Nantucket Race Week, with more boats, more wind and a lot of spectators. The fanfare began with the Rainbow parade in the harbor at 10 am, then within a couple of hours, all of the classes in the classic yacht race were started and off around Nantucket sound.

The only negative for the day was the high number of boats that had to retire due to equipment failure. It’s so great to see these old boats mainained in racing form, but when parts break, the owners can’t just order new ones from West Marine.

But spirits were still high at the party and awards ceremony at Jetties Beach Sunday night, and with that it was the end of another Nantucket Race Week and Opera House Cup.
The photos tell the story; see them here.