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2019 – Day 4: Highly-competitive one-design fleets see neck-and-neck racing

2019 C&C 99 North American Championships winner Agent 99 at 2019 Helly Hansen Chester Race Week in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada.

CHESTER, NOVA SCOTIA (August 17, 2019) – With a full four days of ideal weather including steady south-east winds – unheard of in recent Chester Race Week memory – sailors were understandably tired, but ready to give their best effort on the fourth and final day.

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2019 – Day 3: Highly-competitive one-design fleets see neck-and-neck racing

Chester Yacht Club’s Peter Wickwire steers Squall ahead of the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squardon’s Ted Murphy’s Restless in Day 3 competition in the International One Design fleet at 2019 Helly Hansen Chester Race Week in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada.

CHESTER, NOVA SCOTIA (August 16, 2019) – More beautiful weather greeted sailors on Day 3 of Helly Hansen Chester Race Week 2019 with sunny skies and brisk winds reaching courses across Mahone Bay.

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2019 – Day 2: Sailors apply determination, lessons from Day 1

Skipper Erin Norwood (2nd from left) and her all-male crew on the J/29 Favourite Child in the Distance 3 Fleet during day 2 of sailing at 2019 Helly Hansen Chester Race Week, Nova Scotia, Canada

CHESTER, NOVA SCOTIA (August 15, 2019) – As if on cue, a threatening fog off Blandford rolled back and fresh winds picked up just as races started for Day 2 of Helly Hansen Chester Race Week 2019 on Mahone Bay on the beautiful South Shore of Nova Scotia, Canada.

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2019 – Day 1: Strong competition, close fleets and steady winds

The four Baker siblings – sister Jesleine and brothers Philip, Jim and David – and crew power their J/30 “Just Add Water” to first place in the Distance Fleet at the end of day 1 of sailing.

CHESTER, NOVA SCOTIA (August 14, 2019) – While a weather front sitting off Tancook Island yesterday threatened to becalm the fleet today, the skies cleared, the sailors were enthusiastic and the wind picked up to 10-15 knots just in time to kick off Helly Hansen Chester Race Week 2019 with ideal on-the-water conditions.

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Bobby Cragg reflects on skippering his 53rd consecutive Chester Race Week in 2019

Booby Cragg helms his 51st Chester Race Week on his Nelson Merek 43 Agincourt in 2017

CHESTER, NOVA SCOTIA (August 5, 2019) – Getting ready for what is likely the regatta’s longest unbroken competitive run, 73-year-old Halifax attorney Robert Cragg confirmed he is registered to skipper his 53rd consecutive regatta since his first in 1967. “I had to have my own boat – no one else would have me on theirs.”

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Day 4: Fog and wet conditions don’t deter sailors on final day of racing

Toombs sails to Farr 30 title with perfect 10/10 1st-place finishes

CHESTER, NOVA SCOTIA (August 18, 2018) – After three nearly perfect sunny days, sailors brought out their foul weather gear for the fourth day of racing at Helly Hansen Chester Race Week 2018. Thick fog, swells and rains that varied from a sprinkling to torrential downpour didn’t dampen enthusiasm at the many start lines.

See Day-4 drone footage here.

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Day 1 boasts “Champagne” conditions, competitive fleets – 25 new skippers

CHESTER, NOVA SCOTIA (August 15, 2018) – The fog lifted and winds picked up just in time for 121 boats to start their races and kick off Chester Race Week 2018 in excellent form. Twenty five new skippers registered this year and boats came from as far away as Germany, New England, Ontario and Quebec which is a great bellwether for the future of keel boat racing. Many of the one design fleets were larger and more competitive than ever, especially the Bluenose class.