Rear Commodore Message

Congratulations to CYC’s only yacht…“Eleven” to participate in LYC’s Race Week in a Day last weekend.  Unlike the past two years, CYC’s attendance was down, disappointing to the LYC organizers.

As a reminder to those interested in Ocean Racing the start of the Marblehead to Halifax Ocean Race begins off Tinkers Rock Sunday July 10th. Go to  http://www.marbleheadtohalifax.com/ for tracking to follow our Chester boats,   Bob Cragg’s “Agencourt” and Reg Godday’s “Akubra”.  Although the Numbers are down for this addition it will be a very challenging race to follow. The race is over 360 miles long and should take about 50 to 60 hrs to complete.

My boat ‘Ceilidh’  in now in Martha’s Vineyard preparing for the Edgartown Yacht Club’s “Round the Island Race” on July 9th. The race is around Martha’s Vineyard and will be a day race of 56 miles.  There are currently 56 Boats registered and ‘Ceilidh’ is the only Canadian entry. The favourite to win is Edgartown’s yacht “Pugwash” skippered by David Murphy who was the overall winner of Chester Race Week a few years ago.

Ceilidh’s arrived in Glouchester 51 hrs after leaving Chester partially helped by 25 knots of wind on our stern for 12 hours .  Since arriving in the US, the  crew have been very well treated in Gloucester Boston Yacht Club in Marblehead, Marion Yacht Club in Marion Ma (the host club of the Marion to Bermuda race) , New York Yacht Club in Newport RI, and the Edgartown Yacht Club. We were at the start line of the 2011 Transatlantic Race,  that was very exciting.  As we travel from area to area, everyone without exception,  has always commented on how beautiful and clean our Mahone Bay is.  Many have visited Chester Yacht Club on their travels to Nova Scotia and they have always have been so impressed by the friendliness of both staff and members of Chester yacht Club.  We all need to be proud of our Club, our home and our staff.

Now that the nice weather is here I look forward to seeing you all enjoy the Club, our great racing and our social life at CYC.

Plans are now well underway for Chester Race Week.  We are attracting yachts from all over Nova Scotia, Charlottetown PEI, RKYC Saint John and as far away as North Carolina.

This year we will start Chester Race Week with great racing on Wednesday and followed by a Dark & Stormy PIG ROAST….followed by a great band “MELLOTONES”!   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1ckPAallT4

Please purchase your tickets early at the bar for the PIG ROAST, they are selling quickly and are in limited numbers.

May you all have Fair Winds and Great Sailing!

Randy Stevens

Rear Commodore

 

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