‘It’s kind of our com­mu­nity event’

Bras d’Or Yacht Club Re­gatta Week be­gins on Sun­day

Cape Breton Post - - Northside / Cape Breton - BY JEREMY FRASER jeremy.fraser@cb­post.com Twit­ter: @CBPost_Jeremy

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.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO/BRAS D’OR YACHT CLUB

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.

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