Race the Cape competitors rested, ready to hit the water
Race the Cape 2015 resumes today following a rest day that saw participants engage in a number of activities around Cape Breton. “We had people touring around the Cabot Trail, some visited the Bell Museum, others went golfing and some just relaxed,” said regatta coordinator Jennifer Rowe. The more than three dozen entries and those in the noncompetitive cruising class had all of Wednesday at their disposal following the first two legs of the annual sailing event that saw them race from St. Peter’s to Ben Eoin on Monday and from Ben Eoin to Baddeck on Tuesday. Mark Daggett, who skippers the New Brunswick-based Shine, said he and his crew welcomed the opportunity to kick back and relax. “We all agreed the layover day was well needed just to relax and enjoy our surroundings and all the fine people, and mostly just rest up for the next leg,” said Daggett. The third leg of the fivestage race will see the flotilla make its way from Baddeck to North Sydney for the North Sails-Yacht Shop Great Bras d’Or Cup race. On Friday, the race departs the Northside Yacht Club for Ingonish, while the final stage goes from Ingonish to Sydney, where the boats will finish up at the Dobson Yacht Club in Westmount on Saturday.