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Taking a look back at the start of the Free Jacks 2024 Season and a Sneak-Peek at what’s to come at the 2024 Yacht Rock Festival on April 6th

The Free Jacks’ championship-defending campaign has started with a bang! The Free Jacks’ home-opener at Veterans Memorial Stadium began with the Champtober Fest and an exciting match versus Eastern Conference rivals, Old Glory DC. 

Droves of supporters entered the grounds for the championship banner-celebrating beer fest that preluded the match. It was a Free Jacks’ version of Oktoberfest as fans new and old celebrated to the tunes of Tubafrau and tasted the best of local craft brews. 

After a high-scoring affair with many Huzzahs roaring from the 1st Regiment and friends, New England swallowed a heart-breaking final-minute loss to Old Glory. This left Free Jacks fans hungry to reassemble at Fort Quincy for another fierce encounter with NOLA Gold the following week.

A beautiful blue sky and array of local rugby match-ups kicked off St. Patrick’s Day Weekend for the Free Jacks faithful. With fans settling in, the pints began to flow and the fiddles began to strum at the Forged Irish Stout Festival. Immersed in Celtic music, attendees were able to taste stouts, porters, and brews from the Emerald Isle and beyond its rocky shores.

Countless stunning Irish heritage-inspired Free Jacks kits filled the stands in a sea of green, as locals commemorated New England’s rich Irish American history. A jam-packed house and one of the loudest crowds ever inspired the team in green to come back from a 14-point deficit and beat NOLA in an exciting victory with numerous standout performances. Sealing a resounding victory in the second half, the Free Jacks demonstrated that conquering an away day in this “Dirty Old Town” is always a daunting challenge for visiting teams.

After a victorious away trip resulting in a 22-17 win versus a physical Chicago Hounds, the Free Jacks are home on a bye week and atop the Eastern Conference. 

With the team back in Quincy, the festivities aren’t stopping anytime soon, as the Free Jacks faithful are only getting started! 

One of last year’s sold-out fan festivals is back to commence that summer-time feeling we’ve all been missing for months–smooth sounds, delicious drinks, good times, and great rugby. If you like positive vibes, awesome nostalgic rock tunes, or refreshing ice-blended Frosé, Come Sail Away to the Yacht Rock Festival that’s lined, docked, and anchored for Saturday, April 6th at Veterans Memorial Stadium! And don’t forget to shine up your boat shoes, iron your finest floral shirt, and wear your best fancy dress costume, a staple for Free Jack festival madness, as we are throwing the grooviest party of the season

Minute by Minute, tickets are selling fast! Don’t get FOMO! The Yacht Rock Festival is the “can’t-miss” event of the spring in Quincy. Make sure to buy your tickets HERE while you can. 

The Buoys of Summer are back for this year’s Yacht Rock Festival! The Boston-based band showing tribute to the SoCal sounds of the ’70s & ‘80s will act as the smooth soundtrack to a great day for exquisite wines and champagne rugby. Get down to the Fan Zone for fan-favorite anthems of the Doobie Brothers, Kenny Loggins, Steely Dan, and more!

With the party in full effect, start your afternoon by watching the Monumental 7s; a top-flight National Collegiate Rugby Championship qualifying tournament hosted by the Free Jacks. There’s nothing better than sipping on your Frosé or local craft beer and watching spectacular 7s tries from the next generation of American rugby superstars! 

“Who doesn’t love music, refreshing beverages, and top-notch rugby?” questioned long-time Free Jacks fan and Yacht Rock Fest attendee, David Hooper. “The Yacht Rock Festival is by far the best way to start the spring and summer vibe at Fort Quincy. I can’t wait!”

Featuring: Free Jacks fans at the 2023 Yacht Rock Festival

On top of that, Quincy’s own Hott Smoke BBQ will be cranking the big smoker and cooking up delicious Texas-style ribs, brisket, and more in the Fan Zone for hungry ruggers and party-goers!

And once you Ride Like the Wind to your seats, the Miami Sharks are swimming up to Quincy for the first time to face the Free Jacks at 4:30 pm after the Yacht Rock Festival! Secure your tickets today for this exciting inaugural match-up!

Miami is chock-full of Argentinian flair, so expect a physical, high-speed match and a boisterous crowd to rock the boat and give those Sharks some choppy waters! Be on the lookout for Pumas legend Tomás Cubelli and former Free Jack Stan Van Den Hoven who will be donning the pink kit of the Sharks for his first time back in Quincy.

Get Frosé Fest Tickets: Here

The Free Jacks’ upcoming Yacht Rock Festival promises to be nothing short of a spring spectacular! Whether it’s enjoying the thrilling Eastern Conference match-up versus the Miami Sharks or setting sail at the Yacht Rock Festival, there’s something for everyone to enjoy at Veterans Memorial Stadium on Saturday, April 6th!

Don’t miss out on the excitement! Secure your tickets HERE and join us for another unforgettable Yacht Rock Festival – Come Sail Away!

For more opportunities to engage with the Free Jacks community, stay updated on future Free Jacks matches, festivals, and announcements through the Free Jacks’ news page: www.freejacks.com/news

Written By:

Colin Elliott

Staff Writer, Intern, @ New England Free Jacks

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