An exciting event is coming to Halifax this summer – the 9th annual Route Halifax Saint-Pierre Ocean Race!
This 350-mile off-shore boat race starts in Halifax, and finishes in Saint-Pierre et Miquelon, the French archipelago nestled 25km off the coast of Newfoundland. This event has been held every 2nd summer since 2002.
The sailing boats will begin to arrive in Halifax in mid-June, and you won’t want to miss all the action.
Here are 6 reasons why you HAVE to be in Halifax June 22-26, 2018 to witness the race!
1 – There will be boats from around the world
Competitors include sailors from Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, and France.
The Race is one of the most popular off-shore races on the North American East Coast. As of January 1st, there were 21 boats registered!
2 – There will be tons of fun, free events
The Waterfront Development Corporation will not only offer fantastic front-row views of the boats and the race start (June 26th), but there will also be a free waterfront festival to kick off the Race.
Stay tuned to their website for more details.
3 – This is the first time it will be hosted in Halifax
A historic event for our historic harbour – what could be more fitting?
In fact, the Race will be coming “home”; the event was founded here by Halifax native, Hal Davies (former Commanding Officer in the Canadian Naval Forces) and Philippe Paturel (a sailor from Saint-Pierre).
4 – The event is open to everyone!
All sailors – from amateur to professional – are encouraged to register for this event. If you want to flex your sea legs, you could even sign up! Just make sure you review the Notice of Race Program before registering.
5 – It has a prestigious sponsor
Titouan Lamazou is the official sponsor of the Race.
Titouan is an ocean racing world champion, UNESCO Artist for Peace, philanthropist, writer, explorer, Knight of the National Order of Maritime Merit, and Knight of the Legion of Honor (the highest honorary decoration in France).
Although he won’t be part of the Halifax events (he will be greeting the ships upon arriving in Saint-Pierre), his sponsorship highlights the prestige and excitement of this Race. It is an important illustration of the strong diplomatic relationship between Canada and France.
6 – You can cheer on your favourite competitors
The Race will be tracked live online, so you can follow the progress of all the boats. Choose your favourite (there are multiple locals registered), and cheer them on from the comfort home.
The average finish is 36-48 hours; the record is 29 hours! Can your chosen boat break it?
Halifax is clearly the place to be this June – we’ll see you on the waterfront!
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