Hampton Beach State Park - June 19, 2011 With the annual Hampton Beach Catamaran Regatta and the kick-off of the 11th annual Sand Sculpting Competition it was quite the weekend to be at Hampton Beach State Park. Highlighted with warm sunny weather, both of the events were a hit for spectators all along the beach. The regatta, sponsored by the New England Nacra Sailing Association (NENSA), saw catamaran crews from around the area race courses charted just off the shore on both Saturday and Sunday. Finding a spot nearly anywhere on the sand offered front row views of the action. The catamaran racers made full use of the day’s wind leaning way out over their boats, turning sharply around buoys, and lifting the sides of their vessels out of the water. The racing was exciting, and from such a close distance you could feel the sense of competition as they jockeyed for position. As the Catamaran Regatta was taking place just off shore, the 11th annual, week-long, Sand Sculpting Competition was getting underway. Among the huge sand piles set out for the competing artists, a team of sculptors worked on a feature sandcastle demonstrating the techniques that go into building large sandcastles. Kids, adults, and even seniors admired as the artists transformed mounds of sand into perfectly straight walls and towers completing their castle. The Sand Sculpting Competition will run from June 18, 2011 to June 25, 2011, and offers another great reason to visit Hampton Beach State Park. If you happen to miss the competition week, the sandcastles will be on display until the 29th and illuminated each night.