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Nourish your lust for life this July in a sailor’s paradise known as Cape Breton Island. Race the Cape is back for its third year — now even longer — with a race total of 175 nautical miles and a brand new leg stretching into Ingonish in the island’s majestic Highlands.  Perhaps some folks already experienced this epic nautical challenge during its first two years — good on yah! For the rest, read on and get on board – or you’ll be left just hearing about the time you missed…

July 12th – 18th Race the Cape will whet your many-pronged sailor’s appetite. Seven days, five races, innumerable memories.  Superb sailing, flanked by wondrous awe-inspiring sights, rounded off each evening with exhilarating entertainment and warm hospitality. Jump aboard the heart of the action!

Five point-to-point races, new waters each day, professionally organized high caliber competition… and then relax into a new community of fine folks each evening. Every leg is its own race with the top three winners awarded in each class during the evening’s festivities. Then, when all is said and done, there’s of course, an overall winner. Last year’s top sailing accolades went to Wandrian, skipped by Bill Tucker, sailing out of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.

Cape Breton Island is to be experienced. Period. Condé Nast voted it one of the world’s top islands. Travel and Leisure Magazine voted it the #1 Island Destination in North America and #3 in the World. And the opportunity to race through the challenging Bras d’Or Lake and along Cape Breton’s rugged coastline is too tantalizing to miss.

The last two years were a major success – with forty vessels taking part. Many sailors were returnees — including Bruce Flinn of Chester, Nova Scotia.

 “Race the Cape’s format is attractive,” says Flinn . “A point to point series is great because you get to sail a different course each day, experience new surroundings, figure out new winds, and adjust to a new set of conditions. It makes for a good challenge.”

Flinn skippers a Nonsuch 30 named Patience in the non-spinnaker division. He says the positive energy of the entire event is a huge draw. “Point-to-point racing is great fun, and Cape Breton is a uniquely beautiful place to do it, but the real draw of this event is the warm and genuine people waiting to greet the racers at each stop along the way.” July 12th – 18th, 2015. Let your lust for life lead the way as you join the adventure of Race the Cape.