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.
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.
The International J/24 is undeniably the most popular racing keelboat in the world, with over 5400 boats being sailed.
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.
C&C 99 Fleet
The C&C 99 is an American sailboat that was designed by Tim Jackett and entered production in 2002.
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.
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, 2022 to arrange such a conversion.
The Classics will race
a pursuit style race.
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 no later than August 8, 2022.
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 no later than August 8, 2022.
This year Chester Race Week is pleased to offer a new division for sailors; Double-handed. The double-handed division will be a pursuit style of race and a fantastic opportunity for skippers and crew to compete against boats with different handicaps. This division will require skippers and crew to show off all of their sailing skills without the burden of finding big teams to race their boat competitively. Potential fleet splits will be determined based on registration.
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 that will sail a pursuit style of race. Pursuit racing is all about sailing as effectively as possible to cross the finish line before the other competing boats. Boats with higher or lower handicaps will either be trying to protect their lead or trying to catch up to cross the finish line before you. The White-sail division is an excellent opportunity to be involved in this Chester Race Week event without the burden of finding big crews or the need to know the ins and outs of racing tactics. This division has excellent potential for any first-time keelboat racer.