Huge Chester Race Week Wraps Up

SinC Chester Race Week 2023 Team Helix

September 6, 2023

Photo courtesy Team Helix

The fourth and final day of Helly Hansen Chester Race was headlined with ‘champagne’ sailing conditions under sunny skies and a 10 to 15 knot breeze which picked up to gusts of 20 knots. Pat Nelder, On-water Chair of Chester Race Week, comments, “It’s wonderful to conclude the event with optimal conditions for our sailors.”

Two-time Olympian Lisa Ross was victorious in the highly competitive Bluenose fleet, winning on ‘Hot Sauce’. Overall results for Helly Hansen Chester Race Week 2023 can be found here:



SinC CRW 2023 Bluenose ODs 40032 (count ‘em) Bluenose ODs on the line! Photo credit: Tracey Wallace/Atlantic Boating Magazine


Bluenose (One-Design — 32 boats)

1.     Hot Sauce, Lisa Ross, Halifax, NS

2.     Ghost, Bluenose, Evan Oulahen, Bedford, NS

3.     Geronimo, Drew Mitchell, Lunenburg, NS


(Pursuit 1 – 7 boats)

1.     Gersemi, Paul Bezanson, Halifax, NS

2.     Seneca, David Creighton, Chester, NS

3.     Hayseed, Stephen Dauphinee, Hubley, NS

(Pursuit 2 – 7 boats)

1.     Auster, Robert/Ann Merchant/Power, Halifax, NS

2.     Intrigue, Bryan Palfreyman, Mahone Bay, NS

3.     Terpsichore, Bill Haliburton, Halifax, NS

Distance 1 (PHRF-ToT — 14 boats)

1.     Deviation, Farr 40, Stu McCrea, Halifax, NS

2.     Jane, J120, Andrew Childs, Halifax NS

3.     Rampage, Farr 395, Graham Roy, Halifax, NS

Distance 2 (PHRF-ToT — 8 boats)

1.     Young Blood, J/100, Larry Creaser, Chester, NS

2.     DogParty, J/100, Terry McKenna, Charlottetown, PEI

3.     Crows, J100, Paul Rafuse, Halifax, NS

Distance 4 (PHRF-ToT — 10 boats)

1.     Good Friday, C&C 32, Philip Burchinshaw, Bedford, NS

2.     Flashdance, C7C 27, Donald Gass, Boutilier’s Point, NS

3.     King of Normandy, C&C mK3, Francois Guitton, Halifax, NS

SinC CRW 2023 Sailing 400Inshore1 (PHRF-ToT — 13 boats)

1.     Fourplay, Melges 24, Justin Bean, Dartmouth, NS

2.     Head Games, J29, Terry Schnare, Chester Basin, NS

3.     Scotch Mist 40, J29, Chris MacDonald, Halifax, NS

Inshore 2 (PHRF-ToT – 13 boats)

1.     Just Add Water, J30, Jesleine Baker, Halifax, NS

2.     Apres Ski, Laser 28, Tony Thompson, Bedford, NS

3.     Completely Wound Up, Laser 28, Greg Jordan, Burlington, ON

J-105 (PHRH-ToT — 5 boats)

1.     McMac, Sean/Rory McDermott/Macdonald, Dartmouth, NS

2.     Shipyard, Bradison Boutilier, Glen Haven, NS and U.S.

3.     V Tack, John Sapp, Halifax, NS

Sonar (One-Design — 7 boats)

1.     Ping, Sonar, Andreas Josenhans, Lunenburg, NS

2.     Barbarian, Rob Barbara, Lunenburg, NS

3.     Echo, Sonar, John Franklin, Chico, CA

Farr 30 (One-Design — 6 boats)

1.     Mongoose, Ben Maloney, Bedford, NS

2.     HeadFirst3, Peter Toombs, Charlottetown, PEI

3.     One More Time, Rob Gale/Ed Steeves, Halifax, NS

International One-Design (One-design — 6 boats)

1.     Storm, IOD, Peter Wickwire, Halifax, NS

2.     Coachman, Dave Mosher, Chester, NS

3.     Restless, Ted Murphy, Mahone Bay, NS

Full scoring details here:>.

SinC CRW Scene 2023 400Photo credits: Tracey Wallace/Atlantic Boating

About Helly Hansen Chester Race Week

Hosted by the Chester Yacht Club in the picturesque South-Shore Nova Scotia village of Chester in mid-August each year, Helly Hansen Chester Race Week is Canada’s largest keelboat regatta (four days of sailing) and plays host to more than 120 boats from across North America. Each August, 1,200-plus sailors descend on Nova Scotia’s scenic Mahone Bay to compete in one of 15 fleets racing simultaneously on five different racecourses.

Chester’s sailing regattas were first documented in 1856 and, since then, tourists and locals alike have taken in the natural beauty of the area by both land and sea. A community-based, volunteer-driven event, Helly Hansen Chester Race Week boasts a full schedule of public-friendly events with live music, great food, yacht races, plus racing seminars from internationally renowned sailors, tacticians, boat builders and sailmakers.

This is a Bronze-certified Clean Regatta since 2016 Visit and follow along on Instagram: @ChesterRaceWeek and Facebook: /ChesterRaceWeek

Related Articles

  • The Big Picture: Foiling Hard

    The Big Picture: Foiling Hard

    Nov 29, 2023 Canada SailGP Team helmed by Phil Robertson lead Emirates Great Britain SailGP Team helmed by Ben Ainslie on Race Day 1 of the Spain Sail Grand Prix in Cadiz, Spain. October 14th, 2023. Photo: Felix Diemer for SailGP. Image supplied by SailGP. Canada has been mixing it up on the course lately… Read More…

  • Sail Nova Scotia Evening of Excellence and Fundraising

    Sail Nova Scotia Evening of Excellence and Fundraising

    Nov 29, 2023 Bill Haliburton was the high bidder of the first four Premium tickets for the ROCKWOOL Canada Sail Grand Prix Halifax. He is flanked by Canada SailGP Team sailors Jareese Finch (L) and Billy Gooderham (R) – both now call Halifax home. The Nova Scotia sailing and boating community from across the province gathered Friday evening (November… Read More…