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Back to the races:” I think it’s going to be a good year.”

This story originally appeared in Atlantic Boating Magazine, June 2021.  Brian Todd served as a race officer with Chester Race Week for about 12 years. But Todd has since retired from that role and this August is racing at Canada’s largest keel boat regatta. “I am fairly old and it’s time for younger people to do that job and I …

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See Helly Hansen Chester Race Week up close with Salty Dog Sea Tours

Visitors looking to catch an up-and-close look at the racing at Helly Hansen Chester Race week this year can book a seat with Salty Dog Sea Tours. Three times each race day, Salty Dog Sea Tours’ Captain Tony Sampson will take guests out on his pontoon boat, Bayside Belle, for one-hour tours during the races.  Sampson started offering these tours during …

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Registration for 2021 Official Media Boat

The 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 during Chester Race Week which runs from Wednesday, August 11th to Saturday, August 14th in beautiful Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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 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.”