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.