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 11 Aug 2010
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Chester Race Week is on the Start Line!

The Chester Yacht Club, located about an hour south of Halifax in the sheltered waters of Mahone Bay, has become the center of yacht racing on the east coast as soon as it was established in 1902. Prior to this, local fishermen and sailors had been gathering since the middle of the 19th century for the Annual Fishermen's Regatta; over 150 years later later, yacht racing is still alive and well at Chester Race Week. Stay tuned for Sail-World on the water reports.

On their way from Brest to the port of Kinsale in Ireland, the shorted leg of the Solitaire du Figaro, the fleet is encountering challenging conditions with high winds and cold weather. the crossing to the Fastnet Rock promises to be interesting from a tactical perspective as the skippers will ponder the many options available to them given the low pressure systems over the Irish Sea. We can expect frequent changes on the leader board depending on which side of the course gets better winds.

Not too far away in Britain, the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta is the closing event of 2009-10 ISAF World Cup series hosted in Weymouth, the sailing venue for the upcoming 2012 Olympics. Obviously, an event not to be missed, even if you are Ben Ainslie and otherwise very busy with a TP52 campaign and various other projects; Ben still managed a respectable 2nd place in the Finn class. Other notable include Torben Grael and Ian Percy in 3rd and 14th place respectively in the Star, where Canadian Richard Clark and Tyler Bjorn finished 23rd. Other Canadians results have Nikola Girke in 10th place in the Women RSX, Paul Tingley in 4th in the 2.4mR and John McRoberts and Brenda Hopkin third in the Skud-18. The regatta continues for the remainder of the week.

Hope to see you on the water!

Guy Perrin
Sail-World Canada Managing Editor

The Buzz is alive in Chester as Race Week is set to begin tomorrow.
Lorna Rowan-Legg,
Arriving at the Chester Yacht Club this morning to the buzz of excitement and preparations made my day. Sail boats being lowered into the water so they can ride the ocean in one of the greatest sailing races in the world. Watching the prep it is no wonder this is such a wonderful event.... [more]
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PredictWind: Lighter winds for Day 3 of Skandia Sail for Gold
Richard Gladwell, is forecasting a lighter breezes for the third day of racing on the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta, being sailed at the 2012 Olympic venue. According to PredictWind they will enjoy much lighter winds than yesterday's breezes of up to 25 kts. The direction will generally be parallel with the coast, or maybe offshore.... [more]
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Chester Race Week 2010 Gears Up
Mary MacInnis,
Chester Race Week 2010, has been running this regatta over 100 years. It is the highlight of the sailing season in Eastern Canada.... [more]
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Solitaire du Figaro - Wet, bumpy and a lead change
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
The first night at sea of Leg 3 proved to be as demanding as expected. Last night's Channel crossing from Portsal to Wolf Rock was wet and bumpy for the 44 skippers racing in the 41st edition of La Solitaire du Figaro.... [more]
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Chester Race Week - a historical perspective,
Since the sea gives Chester its character, sailing naturally occupies a position of importance here. Yacht racing has been a major summer sport in Chester for well over 150 years. Its roots are firmly planted in the mid-19th century when the fishermen raced each other to markets in Halifax or New England.... [more]
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North American Challenge Cup 2010 - Three days of competitive racing
Christie Denson,
North American Challenge Cup 2010 - Following three days of competitive racing, the 2010 North American Challenge Cup winners have been announced. Disabled athletes from around the hemisphere competed in Chicago this weekend at the Chicago Yacht Club's 18th annual regatta for disabled sailors held August 6th - August 9th.... [more]
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York Cup Match Race at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club
Katie Nicoll,
Great wind made for ideal conditions to run a double round robin, comprising 36 races, for the nine skippers competing for the Grade 3 York Cup Match Race at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club on Saturday, August 7th. Hats off to Chris Cook, the PRO, for his expert race management over the weekend with course changes, square lines and perfectly timed races.... [more]
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Fifth Annual It's Not Easy Being Green Regatta
Katie Nicoll,
A little sun, a little wind, a little rain, and some velocity changes during the day made for a perfect opportunity for young Optimist sailors to test their skills at the 'It's Not Easy Being Green Regatta' held on Friday, August 6, 2010 at the Port Credit Yacht Club in Mississauga, Ontario.... [more]
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Some Space Still Available at the GTA's Only Fall Boat Show
Andy Adams,
Potential exhibitors will be relieved to know that there is room on the hard and even a few slips still available for the 20th anniversary of the Port Credit In-Water Boat Show – the only fall boat show in the GTA. Not just a ‘new boats' show, the Port Credit In-Water Boat Show has always featured a healthy percentage of used power and sail boats. Well timed at the end of August (27-29th),... [more]
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Royal Hamilton Hosts 2010 Optimist Dinghy Canadian Championships
Colin Jacobs,
Starting on Sunday August 22, young sailors aged from 8 years to 15 from Canada, France, Bermuda and the United States will be competing in the 2010 Optimist Dinghy Canadian Championships at the Royal Hamilton Yacht Club.... [more]
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