2019 Helly Hansen Chester Race Week Media Boat


Media invited to attend Skippers Reception August 13th 

CHESTER, N.S., Canada (August 12, 2019) – The Helly Hansen Chester Race Week organizing committee is pleased to offer a complimentary media boat service to accredited media on a daily, first-registered, first-seated basis from Wednesday, August 14th to Saturday, August 17th in beautiful Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada.


This is an excellent opportunity to get close to the boats of all 15 fleets as they race in Canada’s largest keelboat regatta.

What: Chester Race Week Media Boat (bearing “Press Boat” banners)

Where: Media Boat is berthed on the CYC Tender float. Descend the ramp on the right-hand side of the CYC wharf), 21 South Street, Chester

When: Departing daily at 11:30 a.m., from August 14-17, 2019 and returning to the CYC Race Committee float by 3:30 p.m. or earlier based on need. Depending on demand and weather, the boat may take a few trips between its initial departure and final return to the CYC.


  • If no journalists show or call the Media Officer by noon to announce their imminent arrivals, we will abort the Media Boat for that day.
  • Please do not confuse “Mahone Bay” the body of water with “Mahone Bay” the community. All racing is conducted on Mahone Bay off the Village of Chester.

  • Complimentary boxed lunch and water
  • Adult-sized PFD per passenger
Not provided, but recommended:

To book 1 of the 4 spots available on the official Chester Race Week Media Boat each day, please register here and indicate the day(s) you would like to be on board.

  • On your first visit to the web site you will be prompted to select a regatta. Please enter “Chester Race Week” in the search window, then select our 2019 event.
  • On arrival at the Chester Yacht Club, please check in with media officer, Holly Dunn (details below).

Skipper and guide: Tim Harris will pilot Tradewinds, his 130 Hp Alcar 21 motor boat (photo above) bearing “Press Boat” markings and will take up to four (five if bay is calm) journalists per trip. Tim is a long-time Chester resident, owner of Tradewinds Realty, avid runner, past Chester Yacht Club Commodore (1998-99), and is the first to jump aboard any sailboat heading offshore to race or requiring crew for transport from or to the Eastern Seaboard. Thanks to Tim for loaning Tradewinds to Helly Hansen Chester Race Week 2019.

Guide (Wednesday, Friday): Past CYC Commodore (2016-17) and life-long summer resident Dr. John Curry will be onboard to provide members of the media with insight into the boats, people, waters, regatta rules and local lore that make Chester Race Week a unique experience for racers and visitors alike.  

Skipper Reception – Tuesday, August 13

Members of the media who have registered and received accreditation for 2019 Helly Hansen Chester Race Week are invited to attend the 2019 Skippers Reception:

  • Tuesday, August 13 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
  • Ship’s Bell, 10 King Street, Chester

Click for lists of registered yachts sorted by fleet (i.e. the “scratch sheet”)

  • Sail #, yacht owner/skipper, yacht club, home port, yacht type, length, handicap
  • Note: you may be prompted to identify the regatta you seek. Enter “2019 Chester Race Week”
  • Counts boats within each fleet but no total-boat figure for entire regatta.

Click for bulk “Current Entry List” which allows you to see the total number of registrants:

  • All registered boats in one list, numbered, sortable.

5 fleets               

Fastest boats: windward-leeward and distance courses including C&C 99 (2019 North American Championships)

  • Race officer: Inshore – Nathan Frederickson (PEI)

6 fleets

Fast boats and cruising (pleasure) boats

  • Distance and windward-leeward courses 
  • Race officer: Dan Conrod (Halifax, NS)

1 fleet

Bluenose class boats in Chester harbour (our largest one-design fleet)

  • Windward-leeward courses
  • Race officer: Peter Van Muyden (Edmonton, AB)

1 fleet

Classic wooden and other boats (many 100+ yrs old)

  • Around-the-buoys courses
  • Race officer: Patricia Finlay (Chester, NS)

3 fleets

Farr 30, Sonar, International One Design (IOD)

  • Race officer: Brian Todd (Halifax, NS)

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Media contacts: 

Day: Holly Dunn, M 902-266-3866, holly.dunn@dunnassocoates.ca

Evening: Michael Dunn, M 902-229-5378, michael.dunn@dunnassociates.ca


About Helly Hansen Chester Race Week

Hosted by the Chester Yacht Club in the picturesque South-Shore Nova Scotia village of Chester in mid-August each year, Helly Hansen Chester Race Week is Canada’s largest keelboat regatta (four days of sailing) and plays host to more than 120 boats from near and far.

Named one of Sailing World magazine’s 14 greatest sailing events in North America, each August, 1,200-plus sailors arrive on Nova Scotia’s scenic Mahone Bay to compete in one of 15 fleets racing simultaneously on five different race courses. Our fleets accommodate everyone from offshore big boats and one-designs, to classic wooden boats, club racers and no-spinnaker cruising boats.

Chester’s sailing regattas were first documented in 1856 and, since then, tourists and locals alike have taken in the natural beauty of the area by both land and sea. A community-based, volunteer-driven event, Helly Hansen Chester Race Week boasts a full schedule of public-friendly events with live music, great food, yacht races, plus racing seminars from internationally renowned sailors, tacticians, boat builders and sailmakers. Visit www.ChesterRaceWeek.com

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