Events

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 Sydney, Nova Scotia, where boats coming in from the Eastern Seaboard will find warm welcome and Cape Breton hospitality in the well protected Sydney Harbour.

Visitors and participants will witness the exciting start to Race the Cape 2014 in Sydney, where sailors will begin their 4-6 hour race to out into the Cabot Strait, returning to finish at North Sydney’s Northern Yacht Club (20 nm).  Following race day awards and dinner, the festive atmosphere continues on into the night with local entertainment.

Racers will then set sail into open ocean water, in a coastal race to the Great Bras d’Or, sailing under the Seal Island Bridge into the Bras d’Or Lakes and on to historic and beautiful Baddeck (40 nm) where the shore side Village does what it does best, showcasing what Alexander Graham Bell called one of the most magnificent places in the world.  The following day racers will take part in the historic 87th Annual McCurdy Cup Yacht Race.

After another great day of racing and awards, boaters will have a layover day in Baddeck. There they can take in the Village, travel the world-famous Cabot Trail, golf at award winning Bell Bay or one of Cape Breton’s other internationally renowned golf courses, or spend a quiet day in one of the nearby protected coves.

Next, sailors will begin their 6-9 hour race to Ben Eoin (30 nm). Ben Eoin hosts a brand new Marina and offers a premier golfing experience. Enjoy local hospitality with a lively night of entertainment and music.

One last sail race, taking the yachts through the East and West Bays of the Bras d’Or, lands at Village of St Peters, (20 nm) where St. Peters Marina will award the daily and  overall winners.