Resilient Sailors at Chester Race Week

Published on August 13th, 2016

Chester, Nova Scotia (August 13, 2016) – Sailors are a resilient lot – they race hard when conditions allow, and when they don’t. After hours on the course looking for wind, Chester Race Week organizers finally cancelled races for Bravo, Delta, and One Design fleets, sending wind-weary sailors back to shore. The only fleets to get races in today were Alpha and Bluenose.

“This was a tough week for everybody, weather wise,” said Principal Race Officer Brian Todd. “Huge thanks to our race boat leaders – Ken Legler, Oliver Bone, and Daniel Conrod – and their mark boat crews who all worked so hard to ensure the best racing possible given the challenging, constantly changing conditions. In the end, that’s why we had to cancel the IOD and Sonar class races – no engines and no wind meant they couldn’t get to the marks in time to race.”

Doug Folsetter, Sabotage (Can 106), Royal Hamilton Yacht Club (ON), agreed. “Our boat is good in light air, and we can make course corrections pretty quickly, but the mark set guys were very efficient. Because of that, we were able to get our boats out and finish the race before the deadline.”

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