CCA Wins Team Competition in Marblehead to Halifax Race

A team of three CCA boats has won the Parker C. Hatch Club Team Competition trophy in the 36th running of the 360-mile Marblehead to Halifax race, as well as collecting an impressive array of individual honors. The race runs in odd years from Marblehead, Mass., to Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Victorious “Team CCA” was (1) Airborne IV, a Beneteau 50, skipper William B. Greenwood (BDO), first in Class in PHRF Div. 3 and 2nd overall, (2) Actaea, a Bermuda 40, skipper Michael Cone (CHE), first in ORR Div. 2 and 1st overall in ORR, and (3) Grey Ghost, a Zaal design, skipper Philip Parish (CHE), 3rd. in PHRF Div. 4 and 7th overall.  Actaea took an additional prize: the Olin J. Stephens Trophy for the best combined performance in the ORR division in both the Newport to Bermuda and the Marblehead to Halifax Races

This year’s race started off Tinkers Gong, just outside the entrance to Marblehead Harbor, on July 5th. Classes presented included PHRF, ORR, IRC and Multhull. The race course takes the fleet east across the Gulf of Maine to the mouth of the Bay of Fundy. This body of water has the highest tides in the world, and that can be the nemesis of many of the boats in the race. The goal at that stage in the Race is to get around the corner at the SW tip of Nova Scotia at Brazil Rock without the devastating effects of the tidal currents created by the Bay of Fundy. These currents can also be the racers friend. With good timing and some good luck from the wind gods, tidal surge can propel the vessel to additional speeds. Fog is usually a factor in the Race. Sailors who have honed their navigational and sailing skills can have a distinct advantage in the Race if arrival at Brazil Rock is timed properly.

The 360 mile Race finishes in Halifax Harbour. This year’s race like so many others included a variety wind and weather conditions. Conditions were light to moderate at the start with warm sea breezes to virtually wind conditions in the Gulf. The final hours of the race provided strong SW winds for the bulk of the fleet. The event would be considered a slow race for 2015. Sailors arriving at the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron were welcomed in the usual Nova Scotian fashion. Prize giving was held on the Thursday after the start, and as always was a formal event. Dignitaries from various levels of government and distinguished guests were on hand to congratulate the winners. Many of the sailors that do this race every two years had another opportunity to once again reacquaint themselves with old friends from the two countries. The tradition continues.  

The Marblehead to Halifax Yacht Race is a partnership between the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron in Halifax Nova Scotia and the Boston Yacht Club located in Marblehead, Mass.  Originally started in 1905 there were years when the race was not run. In 1939 the Race became a regular event with the exception of the War years. The Race is run in the off years of the Newport to Bermuda Race. Every two years this race again brings together the fellowship of Atlantic Canada and New England – a fellowship tradition that has spanned many generations.

Further information can be found on the Race website: http://www.marbleheadtohalifax.com/

Submitted by William B. Greenwood III, Bras d’OR Station