By sea and by land

‘ We want them to have a good time and so far ev­ery­one seems to be hav­ing a great time’

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS - BY DAVID JALA

Many of the sailors tak­ing part in this year’s Race the Cape are trad­ing in their sea legs for the com­fort of a chauf­feured drive around the Cabot Trail.

Af­ter com­plet­ing two of the five legs of the 2015 edi­tion of the in­ter­na­tional sail­ing race, com­peti­tors were given to­day off to take a break from sail­ing and ex­pe­ri­ence Cape Bre­ton by land.

Re­gatta co-or­di­na­tor Jen Rowe said vol­un­teers will be stand­ing by to­day to take race par­tic­i­pants around the Cabot Trail in a fleet of do­nated ve­hi­cles.

“We have great spon­sors and an in­cred­i­ble group of vol­un­teers, who of­ten drive peo­ple around at other big events, and they’ve of­fered to drive our visi­tors around for the day,” said Rowe.

“We want them to have an op­por­tu­nity to see all of Cape Bre­ton — both by land and by sea.”

Rowe said that while many of those tak­ing part in the race signed up for the Trail drive, a few oth­ers could not re­sist the lure of one of the is­land’s many golf cour­ses.

“We want them to have a good time and so far ev­ery­one seems to be hav­ing a great time — that’s what Race the Cape is all about,” she said.

The race kicked off Mon­day when the re­gatta de­parted St. Peter’s bound for Ben Eoin in the MacLeod Lor­way In­sur­ance Group Red Is­lands Cup race. How­ever, Mother Na­ture in­ter­vened and the fin­ish line had be changed as a lack of wind saw the flotilla not mak­ing as much for­ward progress as ex­pected.

Rowe said the winds were more favourable for Tues­day’s leg that saw the boats race the 30 nau­ti­cal miles from Ben Eoin to Baddeck in the Barra Strait Cup race.

And, with Cape Bre­ton ex­pected to catch some of the wind and rain of trop­i­cal storm Claudette early this morn­ing, Rowe con­ceded that the day off the wa­ter turned out to be wellplanned.

The race re­sumes on Thurs­day with the North Sails-Yacht Shop Great Bras d’Or Cup. The third leg is the long­est at 40 nau­ti­cal miles and starts at Baddeck and fin­ishes at the his­toric North­ern Yacht Club in North Syd­ney.

Fri­day’s fourth leg is for the Aspy Cup and goes from North Syd­ney to In­go­nish, while Satur­day’s fifth and fi­nal leg is for the Ci­bou Cup. Com­peti­tors will make their back from In­go­nish be­fore fin­ish­ing up at the Dob­son Yacht Club in West­mount, di­rectly across the har­bour from down­town Syd­ney.

More than 40 boats are com­pet­ing in the race, while many more are in what event of­fi­cials are call­ing the “cruis­ing class.” Those par­tic­i­pants are not in­ter­ested in rac­ing and are tak­ing part for the en­joy­ment of sail­ing around Cape Bre­ton and be­ing part of the re­gatta.

For more in­for­ma­tion go to www.racethe­cape.ca.

JOANNE HUN­STON PHOTO

With the wind push­ing their sails, boats raced across the Bras d’Or Lake from Ben Eoin to Baddeck in the sec­ond leg of Race the Cape 2015 on Tues­day. The week-long in­ter­na­tional sail­ing re­gatta con­tin­ues Thurs­day when the boats will make their way to North Syd­ney.

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