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Helly Hansen Chester Race Week Takes Place August 16-19, 2023: There’s only one
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.
Someone who loves the tradition of Chester Race Week are the owners and crew of the J29 Scotch Mist who sailed their first Chester Race Week in 1983. This year will be their 40th anniversary at the event and they are celebrating. The MacDonald family has ...
Fair Winds for Chester Race Week
Photos by Tracey Wallace
With 117 boats sailing 77 races in 12 classes, by all accounts the 2022 Helly Hansen Chester Race Week, held Aug. 10 to 13, was a success both on and off the water.
It went very well,” said Pat Nelder, on-water chair for the annual regatta.
Registration was on par with previous years, which range from 80 to 120 vessels, said Nelder.
With 32 vessels registered, the Bluenose class was the largest fleet for Chester Race Week, which was “unpreced...
Pat Nelder: A Champion of the Boating Industry in Atlantic Canada
For more than 20 years, Pat Nelder has been one of the biggest promoters of sailing and boating in Atlantic Canada. Nelder, who served as the executive director of Boating Atlantic, formerly the Atlantic Marine Trades Association (AMTA), retired from that role on March 31. But Nelder won’t be far from the water or promoting the sport she’s loved since she first learned to sail in Scotland.
Nelder joined AMTA as its coordinator in 1999. At the time, she was living in Big Pond, Cape Breton ...
Back on the Water
Chester Race Week draws 107 vessels in 12 classes
Planning will soon be starting for Helly Hansen Chester Race Week 2022 after a successful 2021 regatta, held Aug. 11 to 14, attracted 107 sailing vessels racing in 12 classes.
“The dates are set, Aug 10–13, 2022, but our first task will be to review 2021, then set out our planning schedule,” said Pat Nelder, On-Water Chair for Chester Race Week.
The largest keelboat regatta in the region, participation was down slightly this year ...
Back to the Races at Chester Race Week
Brian Todd served as a race officer with Chester Race Week for about 12 years. But Todd has since retired from that role and this August is racing at Canada’s largest keel boat regatta.
“I am fairly old and it’s time for younger people to do that job and I just love racing,” Todd says. “I’ve been racing all my life and I enjoy every moment.”
Last year’s event was cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. And while this year’s regatta will look a bit different and crews ...
Helly Hansen Chester Race Week 2021
We are so excited to think of sailing in Chester Race Week this summer.
Do you remember the beauty of Mahone Bay and the Village of Chester?
Well, Race Week is back, and we are looking at many innovative ways of keeping everyone safe on the water and at the same time offering the fun things that all competitors enjoy.
There will be a variety of classes and courses including, Bluenose, One Design, Inshore and Distance courses and Pursuit racing for the Classics and other boats that want ...
Chester Race Week Back on Deck for 2021
By early spring, plans for the 2021 Helly Hansen Chester Race Week should be finalized, online and registration open.
The largest keelboat regatta in the region will run from Aug. 11 to 14.
“We have a situation called COVID-19 so we cannot plan to have Chester Race Week as we're used to having it,” said Pat Nelder, on-water chair and steering committee member in an interview.
“We are used to having five racing courses with 15 classes in total racing,” but for 2021 “we will ...
Chester Race Week 2018
Photos by Tracey Wallace
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