The First Yacht Of America’s Cup

Did you know that the first yacht sailed for the America’s Cup in 1851? For those who wish to relieve those times, they will get to see a real life replica of the same as the historic schooner has been replicated and the historic yacht will make an appearance in Southport Harbor this month.

The racing yacht’s replica is not easy model to recreate and it has taken about $6 million to create the vessel. It would be making a stop for a day at this harbor and would be visited by millions to check out this historic vessel in real life. Continue reading “The First Yacht Of America’s Cup”

Not just another couple’s cruise

The story of Dona Bertarelli met her partner Yann Guichard is a bit different from other couples. Both are accomplished sailors, but with dissenting experiences of being at water. Now, they are half way into their effort to sail across the world in the fastest time and get their hands on the Jules Verne Trophy.

Swiss national Bertarelli, who is one of the richest businesswomen in Europe (valued by Forbes at $4.3 billion) has a vast of coastal sailing experience, while Guichard is a decorated offshore sailor.

Dona Bertarelli
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Halifax Saint-Pierre International Yacht Race

The notice for the Halifax Saint-Pierre International Yacht Race 2016 route is now published. The race links Canadas east coast with the French Islands of St. Pierre et Miquelon, situated off the Newfoundland coast.

The Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron, along with the Yacht Club de Saint-Pierre, is the sponsor of the 8th edition of this biyearly race that continues from Halifax, Nova Scotia, in Canada to Saint-Pierre, in France.

George Chisholm, this years Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron chair, has raced in two earlier editions of this biyearly event. He is challenging the race committee to develop participation through careful enlisting. He said that they are planning to offer a reduction in entry fees to entrants who could bring new captains into the race.

Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadrons past commodore Chisholm said that the 360-nm track is a really great experience in ocean racing. As the racers make their way to the eastern shore of Nova Scotia to the Cabot Strait, they would start to see different sea birds such as puffins, an indication that you are well on your way to St. Pierre, a little bit of Europe right here in North America.

On Sunday, 10th July, at 1300, in Halifax harbor, the starting gun will be fired. The record for the regatta to Saint-Pierre is booked by Derek Hatfields Open-60 Spirit of Canada, ending the 2010 evet in 29:43:56. Counting on the weather and winds, the course of the race could take 2 or 3 days for smaller yachts. The time limit for the race this year is 0900 on Thursday, 14th July.