The sun shone on Chester

During Chester Race Week 2011 it was busy on beautiful Mahone Bay
Ryan Cameron
The final day of racing at the Chester Race Week was blessed with sunny skies, warm temperatures and fair winds. Around the Chester Yacht Club the refrain 'for yacht racing, it doesn’t get any better than this'.

Andreas Josenhans generously gave of his time and significant yacht racing experience by running seminars each morning for the racers. He provided much valuable information on how to get more out of the boats, talked about the race courses, and answered questions on the rules of yacht racing.

As the sailors came off the waters of beautiful Mahone Bay they all were very happy with the racing today and many complimented Chester Yacht Club for running a 'first class regatta'

Bravo 2 fleet with spinnakers billowing head to the finish line - 2011 Chester Race Week
Ryan Cameron

Saturday’s conditions started with clear skies and a few little clouds to make for picture perfect conditions. The winds were light to start but filled in after slight delays to the starts. The breeze stayed consistent at eight to ten knots until about 3:30pm when it started to die. The 'Distance Class' course, for the big ocean racers, was shortened somewhat as were some of the Bravo class races. Bluenose class got in two highly competitive races.

The presentation of the awards and beautiful trophies took place on the Chester Yacht Club veranda on perfect summer’s evening. Perfect, that is, for the winners with the losers saying 'wait until next year'.

Ry'n'Sun with an all girl crew crosses the start line in the Cruiser class - 2011 Chester Race Week
Ryan Cameron

In the late afternoon the racers and visitors were treated to a 'Belly Dancing' demonstration. That’s right… belly dancers at the Chester Yacht Club veranda. The wind-up party got under way at sundown with 'The Chess Club' band belting out to the tunes until last call at 1:30 am.

And, Chester Race Week 2011 goes into the record books. Commodore Don McAlpine said 'although I didn’t do as well as I had hoped with my Bluenose 'Stinger' it was a truly great Race Week. It may be cliché but sponsors make it possible but volunteers make it happen' concluded McAlpine.

Results for Chester Race Week 2011 available at press time.

Recipients of the overall trophies for 2011:

1) Rogers Gates Trophy- to the cruising class winner: Njord skipper: Blaine MacNeil

2) Chester Invitational Trophy- to the four winners, Distance and A1/A2

Distance 1 Brilliance skipper: Richard Calder
Distance 2 Boss Lady skipper: Bob Harrity
Alpha 1 Climax skipper: Reece/Comtois
Alpha 2 Agent 99 skipper: Rob Crutcher

3) Chipman Challenge Cup- to the Bluenose

Wahoo skipper: Carter McNeely

4) Clarissa Anderson Memorial Trophy- to the Classic

Mighty Mo skipper: Rick Thompson

5) Ocean Yacht Trophy- to both the J24 and J29

J24 Slam in 29 Seconds skipper: Dale Robinson
J29 Scotch Mist IV skipper: Chris MacDonald

6) Visitors Trophy – to the B 1, 2, &3

Bravo 1 Rattle and Hum skipper: Jason Penny
Bravo 2 Sly Fox skipper: James Lee Mosher
Bravo 3 Sisu skipper: David Peer

The classic International One Designs crossing the finish line for the final race of Chester Race Week 2011 - 2011 Chester Race Week
Ryan Cameron

Final Results as follows:

Alpha 1
1st 'Climax' 1D35 Dartmouth Yacht Club Skipper:Reece/Comtois
2nd 'One More Time' Farr 30 Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron Skipper:Rob Gale
3rd 'Triumph' C&C 115 Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron Skipper:Peter Bromley


Alpha 2
1st 'Agent 99 C&C 99 Bedford Basin Yacht Club Skipper:Rob Crutcher
2nd 'Helm's Deep' Beneteau First 36.7 Chester Yacht Club Skipper:Mike Sutton
3rd 'Poohsticks' J92 Lunenberg Yacht Club Skipper:Colin Mann

Bluenose
1st 'Wahoo257' Chester Yacht Club Skipper:Carter McNeely
2nd 'Fish 'N' Chips' Chester Yacht Club Skipper:Christian Luthi
3rd 'Shaken Knot Stirred' Chester Yacht Club Skipper:Stairs/Fraser

Bravo 1
1st 'Rattle and Hum' J30 Dartmouth Yacht Club Skipper:Jason Penny
2nd 'Head Games' Kirby 30 Chester Yacht Club Skipper:Terry Schnare
3rd 'Highlander' Dehler DB1 Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron Skipper:Dan Pride

Bravo 2
1st 'Sly Fox' Peterson 29 Lunenberg Yacht Club Skipper:James Lee Mosher
2nd 'Scamp' Sonar Lunenberg Yacht Club Skipper:Reilly/Bendall
3rd 'Awesome 2.0' Sonar Lunenberg Yacht Club Skipper:Ron Whynacht

Bravo 3
1st 'Sisu' Tanzer 22 MYC Skipper: David Peer
2nd 'Christopher Robin' Tanzer 22 Grand Lake Yacht Club Skipper:Robin Wilber
3rd 'Moderation' Mirage 27 Lahave River Yacht Club Skipper:Steven Williston

Classic
1st 'Mighty Mo' IOD Chester Yacht Club Skipper:Rick Thompson
2nd 'Westwind' IIWWII Lunenberg Yacht Club Skipper:Michael Kelley
3rd 'Aileen' IOD Royal Bermuda Yacht Club Skipper:Bill McNiven

Cruiser
1st 'Njord' C&C 33 Dartmouth Yacht Club Skipper:Blaine MacNeil
2nd 'Ceilidh' C&C 39 Chester Yacht Club Skipper:Randy Stevens
3rd 'Patience' Nonsuch Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron Skipper:Bruce Flinn

Distance 1
1st 'Brilliance' J120 Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron Skipper:Richard Calder
2nd 'Ramillies' Beneteau 44.7 Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron Skipper:David Wilson
3rd 'Blast' J111 Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron Skipper:Mark Surette

Distance 2
1st 'Boss Lady' N/M 39 Royal Kananasis Yacht Club Skipper:Bob Harrity
2nd 'Mischief' C&C 40 Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron Skipper:Jeff Costwell
3rd 'Southwesterly' C&C 41 Royal Kananasis Yacht Club Skipper:Sean Keyes

J24
1st 'Slam in 29 Seconds'J24 Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron Skipper:Dale Robinson
2nd 'Adrenaline Rush' J24 Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron Skipper:Gregory Blunden
3rd 'BlackJack' J24 Chester Yacht Club Skipper:Kim Drisdelle

J29
1st 'Scotch Mist IV' J29 Lunenberg Yacht Club Skipper:Chris MacDonald
2nd 'Silver Woman' J29 Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron Skipper:Andrew Childs
3rd 'Feed Me' J29 Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron Skipper:Andrew Orr

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