Chester Race Week 2013 News
CHESTER RACE WEEK 2013
August 14 to 17th, 2013
G R E E T I N G S !!
Race Week Participants, Past, Present and Future
The Notice of Race has been posted to the web-site. Please be sure to read it, as there are a few important changes. Pay particular attention to Section 4.2. The Sail Canada Prescriptions are listed in Appendix 1.
In an effort to more closely approximate on-the-water costs with registration fees you will notice a modest increase in entry fees. We are doing our best to keep costs down, but running a high quality regatta does cost money and gas does not seem to be getting any less expensive.
In response to your comments we have done some re-arranging on the race courses. The Alpha fleet will continue to have the handicap A1 Black and A2 White classes which will be sailing windward/leeward or gold cup courses as well as the Alpha Distance 1 and 2 classes. Ken Legler, the sailing coach for the Tufts University Sailing Team and a well-known race officer in the US will be managing this fleet. See kenleglersailing.com
Liz Shaw is returning this year as our Principal Race Officer and will be running the Bravo fleet. The Bravo fleet will have, as previously, two or three handicap classes for boats with a PHRF rating of 99 and over. The number of classes will depend on the number of registrants. In addition to the handicap classes we have moved the J/24’s and the J/29’s over to this course so as to decrease their steaming time to the line. If there are enough J/70’s, they will sail on this course as well. The Bravo fleet will sail either windward/leeward or gold cup courses.
After countless years of running the Charlie fleet, Ray Cambria has passed the RO duties over to Trish Finlay. Trish is an experienced sailor and race officer, and is well known within the Bluenose community in Chester.
We are delighted to welcome Susie Schneider to Chester Race Week – 2013. Susie is the Race Officer for the Eastern Yacht Club in Marblehead and will be handling RO duties on the Delta course. The Delta fleet will have five classes this year, all sailing one round-the-buoys race per day. We plan on one Classics class, two PHRF Non-Spinnaker (Cruiser) classes and two Delta Distance (spinnaker) classes. The Delta Distance class is designed for those boats with a PHRF rating of 99 and over that want to sail with spinnakers around the buoys. These races will generally run 12 to 15 miles in length.
While Andreas Josenhans will not be a race officer this year, he’s not staying away. He will be doing for Chester Race Week the same thing he does at Key West, Charleston and Annapolis. You will see him on the water in his EdgeWater with his video camera taking footage of everyone to have on screens at the Yacht Club after and before racing each day. As well, he will be giving his ever-popular seminars on the Yacht Club steps each morning.
Kim Johnson and Victoria McGregor have organized the land activities for Race Week this year. On Wednesday evening we are offering the Molson Canadian Ribs BBQ! Coco Pesto will be on site cooking up a meal of Annapolis Valley Applewood Barbequed Back Ribs served with Barbeque and Sweet Sauce. Included in ticket price are Potato Salad, Old School Molasses Baked Beans, Creamy Coleslaw, Caesar Salad, Fresh Rolls & a Molson Canadian Beer! All for the low, low price of $25.00! There will be a check box on your registration form to ensure that you get your tickets for the BBQ on Wednesday night. Irene’s Fish and Chips and others will also be on site to attend to your food needs.
The band on Wednesday will be Asia & NuGruv. They were very well received last year. Thursday we will have the ever popular Hopping Penguins. Friday, we have Party Boots, and we close out Saturday once again with Asia & NuGruv. Bands will start playing at 9pm and stop at 1am.
Be sure to check out ChesterRaceWeek.com and chesteryachtclub.ca for more valuable information about the Largest KeelBoat regatta in Canada. The on-line registration form will be available shortly.
All in all, it looks to be a great four days of sailing and partying at Chester Race Week – 2013!
See you on the line!
JP Curry, Chair, CRW – 2013