Race week be­gins Wed­nes­day

North Amer­i­can, At­lantic cham­pi­onships part of the sched­ule

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS -

The flotilla for heart kicks off the 30th an­nual Char­lot­te­town Race Week, a keel­boat re­gatta, on Wed­nes­day.

Peo­ple can go for sail or power­boat ride with lo­cal skip­pers and cap­tains. There is no charge, but do­na­tions to the Heart and Stroke Foun­da­tion of P.E.I. will be ac­cepted. Reg­is­tra­tion is from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Char­lot­te­town Yacht Club (CYC) and the boats de­part at 6:30. It is the sev­enth an­nual event.

The se­ri­ous races take place daily from Thurs­day un­til Satur­day in the Char­lot­te­town Har­bour and Hills­bor­ough Bay.

“Char­lot­te­town Race Week is seen as the premier re­gatta in the At­lantic re­gion for a num­ber of rea­sons,” said race week chair­man Stephen Mur­ray. “One rea­son is the tim­ing; we usu­ally have good sail­ing weather. In ad­di­tion there is out­stand­ing hos­pi­tal­ity shown by the CYC, the in­te­gra­tion of the event into the heart of Char­lot­te­town - it’s only a short walk to all ameni­ties - and our long­stand­ing tra­di­tion.”

This year’s event will also in­clude host the North Amer­i­can J29 and J-70 At­lantic cham­pi­onships for the first time. The cham­pi­onship, which will bring boats from Nova Sco­tia, New Brunswick, Que­bec to com­pete with lo­cal boats, will take place Thurs­day, Fri­day and Satur­day.

The public can watch the races from the club, along the wa­ter­front while in the har­bour. Rac­ing held out­side the har­bour can be seen from the Block­house Point light­house in Rocky Point.

Char­lot­te­town Race Week’s re­gatta will be a large per­for­mance hand­i­cap rac­ing fleet, which is a hand­i­cap­ping sys­tem used for yacht rac­ing in North Amer­ica. Var­i­ous types of sail­boats will com­pete in both white sail and spin­naker rac­ing (colour­ful bil­low­ing sails), with more than 30 boats ex­pected in to­tal.

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The Char­lot­te­town Har­bour and Hills­bor­ough Bay will be busy this week with the Char­lot­te­town Race Week.

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