Crews sail away with Cape Bre­ton mem­o­ries

North Syd­ney boat best in its class

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS - BY DAVID JALA sports@cb­post.com On Twit­ter: @cb­post_s­ports

Favourable winds made for bil­low­ing sails and faster than ex­pected times as Cape Bre­ton’s premier sail­ing re­gatta wrapped up Satur­day in Syd­ney har­bour.

The fifth and fi­nal leg of the five-race com­pe­ti­tion ended at West­mount’s Dob­son Yacht Club af­ter more than three dozen com­pet­i­tive boats and many more of the recre­ational cruis­ing class made the trip from In­go­nish in much faster times than were an­tic­i­pated, with the first ves­sels en­ter­ing the har­bour around 3 p.m.

The last race — the Casino Nova Sco­tia Ci­bou Cup — was a far cry from the first leg of the an­nual com­pe­ti­tion that saw the fin­ish­ing line changed af­ter boats were left lan­guish­ing on the Bras d’Or with hardly any wind to fill their sails.

“It has been an ab­so­lutely fab­u­lous event,” said re­gatta co-or­di­na­tor Jen Rowe. “Ev­ery­body seems to have had a won­der­ful time and af­ter the dis­ap­point­ment of the first day, the sail­ing con­di­tions have been per­fect.”

The Lunenburg-based Pooh­sticks proved to be the fastest boat in the spin­naker fleet, while the Windermere of the North­ern Yacht Club in North Syd­ney was the best of the non-spin­naker boats.

The third edi­tion of Race the Cape be­gan Mon­day in St. Peter’s and in­cluded ports of call in Ben Eoin, Baddeck, North Syd­ney, In- go­nish and Syd­ney.

The legs to and from In­go­nish marked the first time the com­pe­ti­tion went “down north” but Rowe said it will not be the last.

“The crews just loved it. There is no doubt that we will be go­ing back there,” she said.

The week­long re­gatta also in- cluded daily so­cial events fea­tur­ing lo­cal en­ter­tain­ment and good food. Wed­nes­day’s lay­off day gave crews a chance to ex­plore the is­land and many vis­ited the Bell Mu­seum in Baddeck, toured the Cabot Trail and golfed, while oth­ers opted for a quiet day on the Bras d’Or.

“And that is what it is all about — a great com­pe­ti­tion with great peo­ple in a great place,” said Rowe, who ad­mit­ted she and the event’s many vol­un­teers are very much ready for some rest.

DAVID JALA/CAPE BRE­TON POST

The dis­tinc­tive Bat­man-themed sail of Sea Smoke was clearly vis­i­ble as the Hal­i­fax-based frac­tional sloop made its way across Syd­ney har­bour at the con­clu­sion of Race the Cape 2015 on Satur­day.

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