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Report from Chester Race Week

posted Sep 6, 2013, 7:54 AM by Danielle Lawson   [ updated Sep 6, 2013, 7:56 AM ]
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The Chester (Nova Scotia) IOD fleet is thriving and was a buzz with visitors from Bermuda during Chester Race Week last month.  Patrick Cooper and Ray DeSilva made the journey and Ray was kind enough to submit the following report.  Also, please check out the Chester Fleet's beautiful website for a digest by Rick Thompson on the Mahone Bay Regatta in August.

Chester 2013 was an interesting mix of fog and breeze this year. The locals story was that the summer prior to the week was fog free. I was skeptical given my extended stay last year at the Halifax airport due to mother nature's shrouding curse. And sure enough as night follows day on the first day of this year's even we awoke to fog in the bay and no breeze. Despite being unable to see more than 10 boat lengths we were sent out to the boats where we sat at our moorings for about 2 hours. Finally mid afternoon it cleared enough for us to give it a go but we had no breeze. Finally what little breeze did come in only lasted about 20 mins so late in the day racing was called off for the day. ThursdayFriday were an entirely different story with fine weather. The breeze varied from light and flukey to begin with but always filling in nicely. Courses were long and challenging. The competition was healthy with mixed fortunes particularly on the Fridaywhen most of our fleet missed a mark that made little sense in the overall layout. But the Saturday made up for any shortcomings with a shorter exciting game to cap off the week. 

In terms of the social side of things Chester was her usual charming self and the club had live entertainment each evening. It was refreshing to see the mix of young party goers with the sailors thoroughly enjoying themselves on and off the club dance floor. 

A high five to the club and organizing committee for another successful year. 

Regards, Ray
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