Sum­mer sails be­gin

Rac­ing be­gins Mon­day for Race the Cape, back for another year.

Cape Breton Post - - BUSINESS - BY DAVID JALA SYD­NEY sports@ cb­post. com

Cape Bre­ton Is­land’s premier sail­ing com­pe­ti­tion is head­ing “down north.”

For the first time, the an­nual Race the Cape event will in­clude a stop in In­go­nish.

The five- leg race, that will about 40 of­fi­cial en­trants and dozens of oth­ers who are sail­ing just for fun, kicks off Mon­day in St. Peter’s with the first leg of the race that will see com­peti­tors make their way across the south­ern por­tion of the Bras d’Or Lake and fin­ish up in Ben Eoin.

Boats have been de­scend­ing on the is­land for the past few days.

Skip­per Mark Daggett has been solo sail­ing “Shine,” a 28foot frac­tional sloop, down to the start line from his home ma­rina in She­diac, N. B.

“It’s like a flotilla out here, “said Daggett, who, on Fri­day, made a brief stop in Port Hawkes­bury to pick up some sup­plies.

Like most oth­ers who have sailed the wa­ters of Cape Bre­ton, Daggett said that while the beauty and seren­ity are at­trac­tions, there are other com­pelling rea­sons to take part.

“The event is prob­a­bly one of the best or­ga­nized pro­fes­sional rac­ing events in sail that I have ex­pe­ri­enced in the north east, so that com­bined with the peo­ple, sights and des­ti­na­tions makes it a must do ex­pe­ri­ence in my book,” said Daggett, who plans to pick up an ad­di­tional crew mem­ber or two once the race be­gins.

Re­gatta co- or­di­na­tor Jen­nifer Rowe said there are al­ways skip­pers look­ing for crew and crew look­ing for a boat.

“That’s why we have the crew bank which con­nects skip­pers and crew,” said Rowe. “It’s a great fea­ture for the skip­pers who are al­ways look- ing for some ex­tra bod­ies at the last minute and this year we have peo­ple com­ing from Florida and Ge­or­gia and all over the place – some will crew, some will vol­un­teer.”

Rowe noted that this year’s race route dif­fers from pre­vi­ous years in that it in­cludes an overnight stop in In­go­nish. She said last year’s fin­ish­ing line ( St. Peter’s) is this year’s start­ing line.

The event kicks off on Sun­day when the boats gather in St. Peter’s for a sail past the com­mu­nity’s wa­ter­front be­fore the evening’s open­ing cer­e­monies.

The five- leg race of­fi­cially be­gins on Mon­day with the St. Peter’s to Ben Eoin leg and con­cludes next Satur­day in Syd­ney.

The week of sail­ing also in­cludes an off- day in Baddeck and plenty of so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties along the way.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the event go to www.racethe­cape. ca.


Boats make their way to the start point of the sec­ond leg of the 2014 Race the Cape at the North­ern Yacht Club in North Syd­ney. This year’s com­pe­ti­tion kicks off Sun­day in St. Peter’s and fin­ishes up in Syd­ney next Satur­day.



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