Race the Cape underway

Staff ~ The Cape Breton Post
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SYDNEY — Forty-one boats began the Race the Cape challenge over the weekend, with three of the five legs still to be completed this week.

Boats make their way to the start point of leg two of Race the Cape from the Northern Yacht Club in North Sydney on Sunday. The second leg of the race saw participants travel from North Sydney to Baddeck.

The first leg of the race was held Saturday with competitors sailing from Sydney to the Sydney harbour outer marker to North Sydney.

The second leg of the race from North Sydney to Baddeck took place Sunday with competitors being hampered by a lack of wind. Race organizers said that lack of wind caused a two-hour delay at the start of the race and the leg had to be shortened considerably.

Official race results for the first two legs of the race were not available as of late Sunday evening.

Now in its second year, Race the Cape features five point-to-point sail races along parts of the coast of Cape Breton as well through the Bras d'Or Lakes.

On Monday, the 87th annual McCurdy Cup in Baddeck will serve as the third leg of the race.

Tuesday will be a layover day in Baddeck and the fourth leg will take place on Wednesday from the Bras d'Or Yacht Club in Baddeck, ending up in Ben Eoin. The final race is from Ben Eoin to St. Peter's, ending up at the St. Peter's Lions Club Marina on Thursday.

This year, 41 boats are taking part in Race the Cape, including 26 off-island boats.

For more information on the race go online towww.racethecape.ca.

Organizations: Bras d'Or Yacht Club, Lions Club Marina

Geographic location: Baddeck, Sydney, North Sydney Cape Breton Bras d'Or

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