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Everyone is a winner at Chester Race Week!
It's been another outstanding week of racing in Chester, NS. It still amazes me how, year after year, Chester Yacht Club manages to host the largest regatta in Eastern Canada. A perfect location on beautiful Mahone Bay certainly helps but I believe it's the resilient character of the people associated with the event who are behind the success. We usually celebrate the winners on the water; this week, I would like to tip my hat to the Chester Race Week organizing committee including chairman JP Curry, race officer Andreas Josenhans, the CYC staff and a large number of volunteers; they have once again convinced sponsors and racers and racers that Chester race Week is the place to be! You don't need to be a big yacht club to host a big event.
|Spinakers - Chester Race Week 2012 Jude Robertson|
|29er and Windmills - CORK Olympic Class Regatta 2012 |
Another returning success story is taking place as I write this article on the shores of the St-Lawrence River in Ontario. CORK Kingston is promoted as the 'Ultimate Fresh Water Experience' and the combination of location, facilities and organization certainly support this statement. CORK is made up of multiple distinct events including the Optimist CORK and CORK International Regatta that have already taken place, the prestigious CORK Olympic Class Regatta being raced currently, followed by the CORK One Design Regatta starting later this week.
You can expect to see many of our Olympians who have returned from London in Kingston this week; meanwhile, Paul Tingley just wrapped a week of racing in Chester before heading out to London for the start of the Paralympic Games; we caught up with Paul on the docks at CYC.
Since we are on the topic of the Paralympic Games, opening ceremonies are in nine days, while the sailing competitions are set to begin on September 1st in Weymouth. There are three classes of mixed on-water competitions at the games: the 2.4mR single-person keelboat, the SKUD 18 two-person keelboat and the Sonar three-person keelboat. Each class will race a total of 11 races over six days. We will share more details about the members of the Canadian Paralympic Sailing Team next week.
|ETNZ practices for the first America's Cup World Series Regatta in San Francisco with Artemis Racing. Chris Cameron/ETNZ |
Elsewhere, AC 45's have been testing the waters of San Francisco for the past few days ahead of the next America's Cup World Series set start tomorrow; live broadcast on-line and full coverage right here on Sail-World. Racing between Korea and China, Halifax's Mike Evans has been reporting on the progress of the North American team in the Yellow Sea Race.
Finally, congratulations to Ottawa native Bruce Kirby, best known as the Laser designer, for his recent induction into the US National Sailing Hall of Fame. A well deserved honour to one of the greatest Canadian contributor to the sport of sailing. Did you know that he also penned the lines of the Sonar that will be raced in the upcoming Paralympics Games.
All the best!
Sail-World Canada Managing Editor
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