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Did you know you can sail from North America to France in less than 400 miles?  Well, now you do.  And you can do it all in one race.

The Route Halifax Saint Pierre Ocean Race 2010 takes sailors from Halifax, Nova Scotia to Saint Pierre, France all in a 350 mile ocean race.  The small and beautiful French island of Saint Pierre is situated off the coast of Newfoundland, a former fishing and rum running port that now caters more to tourists and sailors.  Fine wine, the best bread, of course cheese and Euro-flavored discothèques await you (yes, I said discotheques), with local hosts and hospitality you can’t believe.  Race to France without the pesky transatlantic crossing and on the return home: cruise the south coast of Newfoundland as the Vikings did before Columbus, sail through the Bras D’ors lakes and find out what paradise really means (especially if you like to golf) and then on to Halifax, Chester, (stay for the well-attended race week), picturesque Lunenburg and Mahone Bay (just like coastal Maine), and then homeward; with new experiences and friends that will last a lifetime.

I raced on the first Route Halifax Saint Pierre Race 10 years ago when I was looking for the next challenge in my life. I had done the Marblehead-Halifax race a number of times before, I had sailed south for a year aboard the sailing schooner Highlander Sea and was looking for the next great race. Well, I found it in the first Route Halifax – Saint Pierre and have loved this race ever since.  An open-ocean race with wind, waves, and a finish in a foreign land, where sailors are rock stars, wine flows like water, and a town of 5000 requires real discos.  And as you know, crazy things happen at discos.  – Johnny Stevens.

For more info on the race check out the official event site here.