‘It’s kind of our community event’
Bras d’Or Yacht Club Regatta Week begins on Sunday
The most important week of the year is about to begin at the Bras d’Or Yacht Club in Baddeck.
The local yacht club will begin its annual Regatta Week on Sunday with daily races and a variety of musical entertainment scheduled throughout the week.
“This is the 104th consecutive regatta, so I think it’s one of the longest running summer events on Cape Breton Island, which we are pretty proud of,” said Eileen Woodford, commodore at the Bras d’Or Yacht Club.
“We’re hosting this event again because of our history and tradition,” she said. “It seems to be the unofficial come home week in Baddeck, a lot of people who live away plan their summer vacations around regatta week.”
Regatta Week, which begins with a sail pass on Sunday afternoon, will feature many of the popular events from previous years including youth and adult racing.
“We have families who come and participate in different classes of events, so the yacht racing tends to be for adults, although some younger sailors certainly crew and sometimes they skipper with the adults,” said Woodford.
Youth racing, featuring 420s, lasers, prams and optimists, will take place each morning, Monday to Friday, while adult yacht races will be held each afternoon.
Highlights of race week include the Seabird Regatta competition on Monday and Tuesday afternoons; the Nova Scotia Tourist Association Cup and Corson Cup on Wednesday;
the Centennial Trophy, Canada Cup, and ‘Old Timers’ World Kingfisher Pram Championship on Thursday.
Meanwhile, the Commodore’s Cup and past Commodores’ Cup will be held on Friday, while the Gardiner Hubbard Bell race is set for Saturday.
Aside from the races, internationally certified sailing coach Guy Tipton will also be in Baddeck for the events.
“In addition to the racing, he (Guy Tipton) actually provides coaching to the sailing students and instructors as well,” she Woodford. “The instructors teach sailing lessons throughout the summer at various yacht clubs, but he provides that coaching to sailors and instructors, so that’s a pretty unique feature and one that’s popular during Regatta Week.”
Woodford expects between
50-65 junior sailors will participate in events during the week.
The Bras d’Or Yacht Club was established in 1904. The club and Regatta Week have a long history in the Baddeck community, both dating back more than 100 years.
Woodford said the annual Regatta Week is something the club looks forward to each year.
“It’s a big draw,” she said. “We have a sail pass on Sunday afternoon and some years we have had over 100 boats, everything from large boats to tiny boats, and they come down through the harbour.”
Entertainment will be featured at the yacht club each afternoon and evening. Villages and Joel and Billy Plaskett will perform on Friday night.
For more information on the Regatta Week visit www. brasdoryachtclub.ca.
Yachts are shown sailing on the Bras d’Or Lake near the Bras d’Or Yacht Club in Baddeck. The yacht club will host its annual Regatta Week, Aug. 6-12. Many events are scheduled for the week including the Gardiner Hubbard Bell race on Aug. 12.