Local Knowledge/Big Pimpin’
Race the Cape 2013 was pure gold! An awesome regatta, so much so they’re doing it again this summer, July 18 – 24, starting just a few days after the finish of the Route Halifax Saint Pierre Ocean Race.
Race the Cape was created to introduce sailors from off island to the scenic wonders of Cape Breton Island and the Bras d’Or Lakes. The 2013 inaugural edition of this multi-day series of point-to-point races was a resounding success, drawing 40 keelboats from 23 to 48 feet from all over the Maritimes, featuring a broad mix of entries, ranging from the diminutive J/70, Hot Water, to a classic sky blue Swan 48, Dreamcatcher, fresh from competing in the Marblehead-Halifax Ocean race.
Even with this diverse mix of competitors the Race the Cape results wound up fundamentally fair. The J/70 that Halifax car dealer Ed Backman purchased specifically for the event did win its class over the lumbering Dreamcatcher, but lost out on overall honours to Ted Murphy’s old but very well-sailed J/24. In the non-spinnaker classes, even the pokiest-looking cruisers had their day. Gay Wind, an 8 ton Berthon Gauntlet built in 1950 in Lymington England took a 1st in E Class and also a 1st Overall in the Non Spinnaker Division in Leg 2. The old girl still knows how to move! And a Beneteau 423 fitted out for cruising (still flying a wind gen!) still captured two 1st in their division and a 2nd overall for the series.
All four races went off on time, the winds were robust, the sun shone all the time (almost), and the all the legs went off without a hitch.
When the day’s race was completed, Race the Cape turned into a floating festival with Cape Breton’s renowned vibrant Celtic music, mouthwatering seafood and legendary hospitality being shared in every harbour along the route.
Join us July 18-24, 2014!
Race the Cape 2014 will unfold over seven days this July. Five days of challenging point to point racing through the amazing Bras d’Or and along Cape Breton’s rugged Atlantic coast. Seven nights of legendary Cape Breton food, hospitality and entertainment!
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Join us in July for one of the best regattas in one of the best places in the World!