Chester Race Week POSTPONED to 2021

It is with heavy heart that the Chester Yacht Club Executive received the note below from our 2020 Chester Race Week Steering Committee. We have agreed with their recommendation to postpone Chester Race Week until next year. We appreciate the tremendous effort they have made in seeking potential solutions while managing the unknowns, as have many of the skippers who ...
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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 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.

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Helly Hansen Joins Chester Race Week as 1st Presenting Sponsor

Global outerwear icon wants to be #1 brand in sailing, chooses regatta for its reach, professionalism & energyCHESTER, NOVA SCOTIA (June 14, 2018) – After a trial run in 2017, Norway-based global outerwear icon Helly Hansen has signed on as naming sponsor of what is now “Helly Hansen Chester Race Week” 2018, North America’s largest annual keel boat race week. ...
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DAY 4 – 2017 RESULTS: Strong winds, rain make damp fun on final day of racing

Photo: J/70 Joyridin (CAN 491), skippered by Graeme Carr of Charlottetown Yacht Club (Prince Edward Island), fights through high winds on Day 4 to win the day and the overall J/70 series title at Chester Race Week 2017 on Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia. (Credit: Photo: © 2017 Tim Wilkes, high-res image available on request) See Day 4 drone footage here. CHESTER, ...
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DAY 3 RESULTS Flat seas, steady winds make up for Day 2 blow out

Photo: One Design 35 Climax skippered by Dartmouth Yacht Club’s Nathan Reece (Nova Scotia, Canada) drops her jib after rounding the mark ahead of Stu McCrea’s J/120 Deviation out of the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron (Halifax, Canada) on Day 3 of Chester Race Week. (Credit: Photo: © 2017 Tim Wilkes, high-res image available on request)  CHESTER, N.S., Canada (August ...
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DAY 2: 25+ knot winds blow thrills for some, damage for others

Photo: J/70 Joyridin, skippered by Graeme Carr of Charlottetown Yacht Club (Prince Edward Island), fights through high winds on Day 2 of Chester Race Week 2017 on Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia. (Credit: Photo: © 2017 Tim Wilkes, high-res image available on request) NOTE: REVISED RESULTS FROM ORIGINAL POSTING Some fleets diminished as crews head to John Roy funeral CHESTER, N.S., ...