One Design boats must hold valid class measurement certificates for their fleet and be a member of a recognized yacht club.
The Bluenose Course
Racing Windward Leeward courses within Chester Harbour.
The Chester Bluenose Fleet
The history of the Bluenose Class sloop begins in 1946 when naval architect William J. Roué designed the wooden one design. These days modifications and improvements in construction over the years reflects the needs of an evolving race fleet – dedicated to rightly maintain the one-design features of the Roué-designed Bluenose Class Sloop.
The One Design Course
Windward Leeward only, each fleet has its own start. There has to be a minimum of five boats for a fleet to race on this course.
Farr 30 Fleet
The Farr 30 was to create a state-of-the-art offshore one-design that would be fast and exciting, yet uncomplicated and economical.
The Chester IOD Fleet
The International One Design is a 33 foot sloop that is actively raced in One-Design Fleets all over the world.
Visit the home of the IOD Fleets
The Sonar Fleet
Designed in 1979, the Sonar is a fantastic racing boat of the new millennium and its rapid growth and ISAF Recognized status assures its longevity and value for many years to come.
Visit the Sonar Class Association
The International J/24 is undeniably the most popular racing keelboat in the world, with over 5400 boats being sailed.
Visit the Canadian J/24 Class Association
Since its introduction in March 2012, the J/70 has quickly established itself worldwide with 900+ boats sailing in 20+ countries in 2015.
One Design on the Inshore Course
Racers on this course race some windward leeward races and some distance races.
The J/105 was the first sprit boat when it was designed by Rod Johnstone in 1990. The J/105 is unsurpassed if you are looking for strong one-design competition either in your local area, or if you are able to travel to away regattas.
Visit the J/105 Class Association
The J/29 emphasizes sailing performance (speed, handling, seaworthiness and comfort underway) If most of your time on the water is spent sailing, with an occasional overnight during the season, J/29 is the way to go.
Visit the J/29 Class Association
The C&C 33 is admirably suited to be both a racer and a cruiser. Despite the vintage of these boats they remain a popular club racer, HH Chester Race Week is please to welcome the C&C 33 fleet on the Inshore Course
PHRF HANDICAP FLEETS
Monohull handicap boats must have a valid Sail Nova Scotia PHRF Handicap and be a member of a recognized yacht club. Visiting boats may have their existing handicap (e.g. PHRF) converted using accepted formulas by the Sail Nova Scotia Handicap Committee Representative. Those visiting boats are asked to contact Kim Johnson- email@example.com – by August 1, 2023 to arrange such a conversion.
A boat wishing to register for the Classic Yacht Class must be a Classic Yacht as defined herein. A Classic Yacht is a yacht launched prior to Dec 31, 1996 or a replica of a classic or a boat that independently of her launch date was built in conformity with the design of a classic boat launched before Dec 31, 1996.
PHRF- NS Inshore Racing Course will sail up to 2 races per day. The course length will depend on the conditions of the day. Some may be Windward Leeward Courses. Within the PHRF-NS Inshore Racing Course, the Race Committee will set the handicap split for each fleet and post them on Yacht Scoring as indicated on the Notice of Race
PHRF-NS Distance Racing Course will sail up to 2 races per day. The course length will depend on the conditions of the day. The course will be sailed around fixed/inflatable marks. This course is open to PHRF-NS boats carrying a spinnaker. The Race Committee will set the handicap split for each fleet and post them on Yacht Scoring as indicated on the Notice of Race.
Are you new to racing or is flying spinnaker just not your cup of tea? This year’s edition of Chester Race Week offers a non-spinnaker division within the Distance Fleet. The White-sail division is an excellent opportunity to be involved in this Chester Race Week event without the burden of finding big crews.