Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Parade of Sailors

Parade des équipages 2016

The television station in Saint-Pierre, France 1, covered the Parade of Sailors this year.  You can view the story by clicking through to see the video on this page.

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Trophy Winners - Route Halifax Saint-Pierre 2016

Guests of Halifax and Saint-Pierre Trophy:
For boats registered as sailing from clubs other than in Saint-Pierre or in the Halifax Region
Grey Ghost – Philip Parish                 

Founders' Trophy - for teams of two boats
Easy Dora
Easy Company


Binnacle Trophy
For boats who also raced in the Marblehead-to-Halifax Ocean Race 2015
CAN 189

Armed Services Trophy
For a boat where half or more of the crew consists of members of any armed services
Grey Ghost
Philip Parish

Prize for boats racing with a crew of 2
Manuel Hontoria; Tim Harris

Hal Davies Memorial Trophy (2012)
For boats who's owner is racing Route Halifax Saint-Pierre for the first time
Pandora - Peter Bromley   RNSYS

Guests of Halifax and Saint-Pierre Trophy
For boats registered as sailing from clubs other than in Saint-Pierre or in the Halifax Region
Grey Ghost
Philip Parish

Trophée SPM 1ère:
For boats registered as sailing from Saint-Pierre
Celebrations • 1816-2016

Halifax Trophy
For boats registered as sailing from clubs in the Halifax region
Easy Company Scott MacLeod

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Route Halifax Saint-Pierre 2016 Fleet Finishes Ocean Race

The ten boats that finished Route Halifax Saint-Pierre 2016 are all in port in Saint-Pierre now.  The final group crossed the finish line early this morning.  The detailed results are now posted on the results page at Yachtscoring.  You can click through for a look here.

In the Ocean Class, Esprit de Corps II (Équipe ATLAS) under Skipper Georges Leblanc captured first place as well as line honours for the Race. Easy Company, an Oceanis 40 skippered by RNSYS member Scott MacLeod held on to a lead through much of the race to capture the spot as overall PHR winner.  And Grey Ghost, a Zeal 38 owned by Philip Parish of Galena, Maryland, USA is the PHR-1 class winner by just 25 minutes corrected time over the nearest competitor, Sea Smoke.

Final results and trophy winners will be announced at the prize ceremony to be held this evening (Wednesday) at the Cafe de la Route in Saint-Pierre.  Inshore racing takes place in the Allianz Grand Prix on Thursday with a prize ceremony later in the day.

Esprit de Corps II skipper Georges Leblanc at the helm.
Grey Ghost at the RNSYS prior to the race.

Easy Company crew at Skipper's Meeting.

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Veteran Quebec Skipper Takes Line Honours and First in Class in RHSP 2016

Georges Leblanc, skipper of Esprit de Corps II put on a push on Tuesday morning and slipped by two other VOR 60 competitors to cross the finish line first in Route Halifax Saint-Pierre 2016. Leblanc is part of Team Atlas, a Quebec based group that uses two ocean sailing racing boats to teach leadership skills to business executives.  His experience includes numerous ocean races including Transatlantic campaigns.

Esprit de Corps III, skippered by Gilles Barbot of Montreal had been leading the race since Monday afternoon when Leblanc overtook, close to Saint-Pierre.

Easy Company, skippered by past race chair Scott MacLeod from the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron was overall leader in the PHRF classes.  Easy Company was about 75 nm from the finish line when Esprit de Corps crossed.  

Thirteen boats crossed the start line in Halifax harbour on Sunday at noon.  Three have since retired. "Saint Pierre et Miquelon" was dismasted near McNab's Island due to the failure of the vessel's port chain plate and was towed to RNSYS.  Wabi and Illusion both retired from the event on Sunday.

Inshore racing and many social events await the fleet in Saint-Pierre, which will mark France's National Day - Bastille Day on Thursday, July 14.  Saint Pierre et Miquelon is also celebrating 200 years of French rule this year, since the Islands were given to France by the Treaty of Paris in 1816.

Line Honors on the Line This Morning

As of 0600 Tuesday, Esprit de Corps III skippered by Gilles Barbot from Quebec is still leading the fleet and is expected to cross the finish line in St. Pierre sometime later this morning. Easy Company skippered by Scott MacLeod of the Royal NS Yacht Squadron is leading the PHRF racing class.

Monday, 11 July 2016

New Race Leader - 1900 Monday

As of 1900 Monday, Esprit de Corps III has taken over the lead position in the race. The Quebec boat is showing a strong increase in boat speed to approx. 10.0 kts as the fleet sets out in the Gulf for the push to St. Pierre. Celebrations*1816-2016 is in 2nd place, about 6 nm behind, still in the hunt for line honors. Grey Ghost leads PHR-1 and Easy Company is at the head of the non-spinnaker class.

Sunday, 10 July 2016

Two Boats Out of Race

Two boats have already left the race. 

The Nacira 6.50 "St. Pierre et Miquelon" owned by Rodolphe Victorri of Saint-Pierre was dismasted close to McNab's Island as the fleet left the harbour. The chain plate holding the port side forestay failed. The Race Committee answered the call for help as well as an inshore rescue boat. Both Rodolphe and his daughter were unharmed. But they had to cut down what remained of the mast. They were towed back to RNSYS where they are securing the boat and assessing the damage. 

The other boat that is out of the competition is Rich Morrow's Wabi. The skipper has told the Race Director Wabi is retiring from the event..