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Chester Race Week - Racing off to a great start

'Action from last year's Chester Race Week'    © Jude Robertson    Click Here to view large photo

With a few last-minute course tweaks and very cooperative winds, Chester Race Week 2014 got off to a great start. According to One Design Course Race Officer Brian Todd, sailors were treated to near-perfect conditions.

Rob Paterson [L] and Gordo Cook [R] speeding their International 14 Red Headed Step Child across Mahone Bay on day one of Chester Race Week 2014. While Race Week is Canada’s largest annual keel boat regatta, the “i14s” - all from Ontario - are not keel boats but are a thrilling 2014 demonstration class. -  Tim Wilkes ©  
'We had excellent winds, 8-11 knots, and racing was tight, and fun. My race committee team was fantastic, constantly adjusting the course to make it perfect for the sailors.'

Day one of the 2014 J24 National Championships - hosted by Chester Race Week - was won by John Whynacht on Sticky Fingers, sailing out of Lunenburg Yacht Club. In the Farr 30 Canadian Championship, Rob Gale steering One More Time (Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron), took first place. Farr 30 class second place went to first-time Chester Race Week skipper Roland van Hazel on Press Gang out of Toronto’s Royal Canadian Yacht Club, who said the sailing was spectacular. 'We had a great breeze and flat water -- something we never see in Ontario.'


Legend: Place, Yacht Name, Type, Owner/Skipper, Hometown, Results, Total Points

Distance A1 (PHRF_ToT - Seven Boats)
1. Team Ocean , Melges 32 32, John Roy , Haliafx, NS, Can - 1, ; 1
2. Brilliance, J 120 40, Richard Calder , Dartmouth, NS, CAN - 2, ; 2
3. Adios, J 120 40, Dwayne Smithers , chester, NS, CAN - 3, ; 3

Distance A2 (PHRF_ToT - 15 Boats)
1. Agincourt, N/M 43 43, Bob Cragg , Halifax, NS, CAN - 1, ; 1
2. Wandrian , Taylor 41 41, Bill Tucker , Halifax, NS, CAN - 2, ; 2
3. Magic Bus, Farr 40 40, Gregory Hardy , Halifax, NS, CAN - 3, ; 3

Distance A3 (PHRF_ToT - Seven Boats)
1. Crazy Eights, J 88 29, Dave Connolly , Marriotts Cove, NS, CAN - 1, ; 1
2. Dog Party, J 88 29, Terry Mckenna , Charlottetown, PEI, CAN - 2, ; 2
Playmate 3, J 88 29, Jim Snair, Halifax, NS, CAN - 3; 3

Distance A4 (PHRF_ToT - Nine Boats)
1. Equinox, Frers 33 33, Rod Stright , Bedford, NS, USA - 1, ; 1
2. Fubar, Santana 35 35, Chris Spearin , Chester, NS, CAN - 2, ; 2
3. Scotch Mist IV, J 29 29, Chris MacDonald , Lunenburg, NS, CAN - 3, ; 3

Distance A5 (PHRF_ToT - 10 Boats)
1. Mayhem, C&C 29 Mark II 29, Richard Gerstenberger , Dartmouth, NS, CAN - 1, ; 1
2. Hotspur, Santana 23 23, Tyson Hynes , Halifax, NS, CAN - 2, ; 2
3. Black Russian, Kirby 25 25, Margo Coughlin , Halifax, NS, CAN - 3, ; 3

Bravo B1 (PHRF_ToT - Eight Boats)
1. Silver Woman, J 29 29, Andrew Childs , Halifax, NS, CAN - 1, 1, 1, ; 3
2. Painkiller, J 29 29, Paul Dexter , Head of St Margarets Bay, NS, CAN - 2, 2, 3, ; 7
3. Paradigm Shift, J 29 29, Don Williams , Halifax, NS, CAN - 3, 4, 2, ; 9

Bravo B2 (PHRF_ToT - Eight Boats)
1 Highlander, Dehler DB-1 33 Dan Pride, Halifax, NS, CAN - 2, 1, 2; 5
2. Head Games, Kirby 30 30, Terry Schnare , Chester Basin, NS, CAN - 1, 5, 1, ; 7
3. flux, J 30 30, Jordan MacNeil, Halifax, NS, CAN - 4, 2, 3; 9

Bluenose (One Design - 22 Boats)
1. Mahaska, Bluenose 23, Karl Mitchell, Lunenburg County, NS, CAN - 1, 1, 5; 7
2. Barbarian, Bluenose 23, Keith Fox , Chester, NS, CAN - 3, 5, 1, ; 9
3. Wahoo, Bluenose 23, Henry Demone , Lunenburg, NS, CAN - 2, 2, 10, ; 14

PHRF - Non-Spinnaker 1 (PHRF = or < 155) (PHRF_ToT - Eight Boats)
1. Scotch on the Rocks, T 10 33', Arthur Backman , Chester, NS, CAN - 1, ; 1
2. Mariah, C&C 35 35, Keith Johnson , Chester, NS, CAN - 2, ; 2
3. Pursuit, Peterson 46 46.3, Bob Belliveau , Chester, NS, CAN - 3, ; 3

Classic Yachts (PHRF_ToT – Eight Boats)
1. Ripple, Chester C 38 , jim rafuse , Chester, NS, CAN - 1, ; 1
2. Virginia, Universal Q 43.84, John W Jr Wurts , Chester, NS, CAN - 2, ; 2
3. Hayseed IV, Wm Gardner P 54, Christopher Wurts , Chester, NS, CAN - 3, ; 3

IOD (One Design - Five Boats)
1. Squall, IOD 33, Peter Wickwire , Halifax, NS, CAN - 2, 1, 1, 1, ; 5
2. mighty mo, IOD 33, richard thompson , Chester, NS, CAN - 1, 2, 2, 2, ; 7
3. Elida, IOD 33, Jay Nadelson, Chester, NS, CAN - 3, 3, 3, 3; 12

J 24 (One Design - Eight Boats)
1. Sticky Fingers, J 24 24, John Whynacht , Mahone Bay, NS, CAN - 5, 2, 1, 1, ; 9
2. Taz, J 24 24, Nick Parrot, Toronto, Respondents, CAN - 2, 5, 2, 2; 11
3. Lightning McQueen, J 24 24, Ian Dawson , Halifax, NS, CAN - 3, 1, 4, 5, ; 13

Farr 30 (One Design - Seven Boats)
1. One More Time, Farr 30 30, Rob Gale , Halifax, NS, CAN - 1, 2, 3, 1, ; 7
2. Press Gang, Farr 30 30, Roland van Hazel , Toronto, On, CAN - 2, 1, 2, 3, ; 8
3. Tangley, Farr 30 30, Jonathan Ross, Charlottetown, PEI, CAN - 4, 3, 1, 5; 13

International 14 (One Design - Six Boats)
1. Red Headed Step Child, International 14 14, Gordo Cook , Toronto, Ont, CAN - 1, 1, 1, ; 3
2. Something Rude, International 14 14, Peter Hayward , Toronto, Ont, CAN - 3, 2, 2, ; 7
3 mmmotorboat, International 14 14, Jen Provan, Toronto, ONT, CAN - 2, 3, 4,; 9

About Chester Race Week: Hosted by the Chester Yacht Club in the picturesque South-Shore Nova Scotia town of Chester in mid August each year, Chester Race Week is Canada’s largest annual keel boat regatta and plays host to more than 140 boats from up and down the Eastern Seaboard.

The regatta was first documented in 1856 and has since been named one of Sailing World magazine’s 14 greatest sailing events in North America. 'Race Week' as it is known locally, sees tourists and locals alike taking in the natural beauty of the area by both land and sea. A community-based, volunteer-driven event, Chester Race Week boasts a full schedule of public-friendly events with yacht races, live music, great food, and daily racing seminars.

Visit Chester Race Week for race and social schedules.

by Susan Tate


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