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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.

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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., ...
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DAY 1 RESULTS: International and local sailors flock to Chester Race Week

Photo: Bella, skippered by Oliver Dix of the Royal Thames Yacht Club (London, UK) leads Ted Murphy aboard Restless (RNSYS, Halifax, NS) and Sean Mulrooney on Piper (CYC, Chester, NS) on Day 1 of Chester Race Week 2017 on Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia.(Credit: Photo: © 2017 Tim Wilkes, high-res image available on request) CHESTER, N.S., Canada (August 16, 2017) – ...