Cape Breton Island is known for its world-class hospitality! Join us for Race the Cape and experience the very best of our Island.
Celtic music, East Coast cuisine and cultural performances will delight sailors and fans at the end of each race day. Stay tuned for all the details!
The week gets started with a kick-off celebration in the Village of St Peters, where boats coming in from the Eastern Seaboard enter the Bras d’Or through historic St Peters Canal. Enjoy local hospitality with a lively night of entertainment and music.
Visitors and participants will witness the exciting start to Race the Cape 2016 in St. Peters, where sailors will begin their 6-9 hour race to Ben Eoin (32 nm). Ben Eoin hosts a beautiful new Marina and offers a premier golfing experience. Following race day awards and dinner, the festive atmosphere continues on into the night with local entertainment.
Next stop, historic and beautiful Baddeck (30 nm) does what it does best, showcasing what Alexander Graham Bell called one of the most magnificent places in the world. Boats will be flying spinnakers past the beautiful Village of Iona as they enter Grand Narrows.
Racers next will then set sail under Seal Island Bridge into open ocean water, in a coastal race to Sydney Harbour and the Dobson Yacht Club in Westmount (40 nm). A night of awards, hospitality and entertainment awaits.
After another great day of racing and awards, boaters will have a layover day in Sydney Harbour. There they can take in Sydney’s Historic North End, travel the world-famous Cabot Trail, golf at any of Cape Breton’s award winning courses, visit the Fortress of Louisbourg or just relax and take in the local flavour.
Racers will then head back out into the Cabot Strait and press northward to round Cape Smoky to finish off Ingonish Harbour (34 nm).
One last sail race takes the yachts back south, landing them at North Sydney (32 nm). The Northern Yacht Club will award the daily and overall winners.