Discover North America’s Most Legendary Regatta!

Helly Hansen Chester Race Week: August 14–17, 2024

Chester Race Week has a rich 120-year history, celebrated for spectacular competition on the water combined with an unrivaled social scene off the water.

The highlight of this year’s event will be the J70 Canadian Championship, with a number of local boats participating. Always a spectacle on the water, we look forward to hosting this event as part of this year’s Race Week!

Here’s what’s back for 2024:

  • The wildly popular and ever-growing Bluenose Fleet, with a possible 35 competitor boats. The history of the Bluenose Class sloop dates to 1946 when naval architect William J. Roué designed the wooden One Design. These days, modifications and improvements in construction of the Bluenose reflects the popularity and demand of a quickly evolving race fleet.
  • The One Design course, sailing windward leeward. This is where the action of the J70 Canadian Championships will happen! Also in the International One Design Fleet is the Farr 30 Fleet and the Sonar Fleet. A minimum of five boats of one design is required for a fleet to race on this course.
  • The Inshore (Alpha) Course, sailing up to two 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.
  • The Distance (Bravo) Course, sailing up to two 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.
  • The beautiful Classics (aka the Chester postcard), sailing a Pursuit Style of race.
  • Our great roster of Race officers heading up the event will be Principal Race Officer Luke Porter with Peter Van Muyden, John Abel, Trish Finlay, Pat Nelder and Chief Judge, Katie Nicoll. Dan Conrod has taken on the role of On-Water Chair.

This year we have four “New to CRW Skippers” registered who include:

  • Inspired bv, Scampi 30 Mk IV from St. Gallen, Switzerland
  • Liquid Asset, J29 from Shediac Yacht Club
  • Spoum, Bluenose from Armdale Yacht Club
  • Boost, J70 from Lunenburg Yacht Club
  • Cookie Monster, J70 from Bras d’Or Yacht Club

Onshore after the racing, here’s what’s happening:

  • Live entertainment every day from 4PM–6PM and 7PM–9PM
  • Awards and prize giving every day starting at 6PM
  • Fabulous headliner bands starting at 9PM
    • Wednesday: HOPPING PENGUINS
    • Thursday: THE MELLOTONES
    • Friday: CLUB YACHTY
    • Saturday: DARK AND STORMY
  • All the bands will play from outside on the deck where there will be a dance floor, bar and seating under the tent.
  • Food trucks available on site.
  • Each yacht that registers for Helly Hansen Chester Race Week gets five bracelets that are required to attend live entertainment for all four nights. Until July 31, additional bracelets can be purchased with registration at a discounted price of $15.
  • After July 31, bracelets can only be purchased at the gate or ticket window for $22.
  • Bracelets are required to attend the evening live entertainment for all four nights.

We are grateful to our sponsors for their generous support in making HH Chester Race Week a success. Special thanks to Helly Hansen, Engel & Völkers, Playwear, Atlantic Boating Magazine, Goslings, Suzuki Canada, Province of Nova Scotia, Sail Nova Scotia, Chester Village Commission, Municipality of Chester, Mahone Marine, Tir Na Nog Builders, Atlantic Yacht Sales, Blue Lobster, Coldstream NS Lager, Sensea Spa, Fireball, Charton Hobbs, Ocean Yacht Sales and Q104. Thank you!

Registration is now open for 2024

Register early and tell your friends!

To register and learn more about Helly Hansen Chester Race Week, visit

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