Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton Island is a sailor’s destination. Race the Cape, a new six-day, 120-nautical mile point-to-point yacht race through Cape Breton’s famed waterways, is a sailor’s dream. With the historic Marblehead to Halifax Ocean Race leaving Massachusetts on July 7, followed by the Bluenose Ocean Racing Circuit’s departure from Halifax on July 13, many Eastern seaboard sailors will be ready for Race the Cape, which starts in St. Peters, Cape Breton on July 17.
“We have positioned ourselves to follow such prestigious races as the Marblehead to Halifax and the Bluenose Ocean Racing Circuit,” said Jennifer Rowe, cochair of Race the Cape. “Sailors from the eastern US coast are very excited to take part in this series of races leading to our beautiful island. Our goal is to welcome new and returning sailors to our waters and help raise the profile of worldclass sailing conditions in Cape Breton. We received many positive comments about the entire concept, and prospective racers indicate they wouldn’t miss it. We are hoping for 40 boats, and it has become clear that we will not have an issue reaching or exceeding that goal.”
Race the Cape will comprise four legs in the scenic Bras d’Or lakes and along Cape Breton’s rugged Atlantic coast, with yachts racing through St. Peter’s, Ben Eoin, Baddeck, North Sydney and Sydney. Sailors will also have an opportunity to take part in the historic McCurdy Cup. Live music, dining and awards ceremonies will conclude each leg, introducing upwards of 250 racers to Cape Breton’s scenic beauty, unique cultures and legendary hospitality.
“Come enjoy five nights of legendary Cape Breton food and entertainment,” said Rowe, “and discover why Cape Breton Island has been chosen as one of the Best Trips for 2013 by National Geographic Traveler magazine.” Registration is already underway on the Race the Cape website, with entrants from across Nova Scotia and as far away as Massachusetts to date. Skippers seeking crew and sailors seeking boats can find one another on the website’s crew bank. Visit RaceTheCape.com for more information.