Chester Race Week Ends on High Note With Great Sailing Conditions

Chester Race Week 2013

Spectators gathered at the Chester Yacht Club in anticipation for the last day of Chester Race Week 2013. Newcomers and longtime race week attendees stood at the dock early in the afternoon watching the remarkable sails of the Bluenose fleet as they crossed the harbour during one of the final day’s races.

A wind shift prior to the last race of the iconic Bluenose class resulted in a race cancellation as the 3 p.m. closing time approached. Despite that, they raced seven times over the course of the week with Chase pulling ahead as the overall winner.

The Bravo fleet winners for 2013 are all repeat champions from last year’s race week with Defiant, skippered by Mark Gosine, once again winning over for the Bravo 1 course, Ping (Terry Schnare) for Bravo 2 and Sisu (Dan Pride) for Bravo 3. For the Alpha feet, Climax (Reece/Comtois) had a clear win for the Alpha 1 course and Tangley (Peter Coombs) scored best overall for Alpha 2. Also repeating its 2012 win was the Chester C sloop Ripple (Jim Rafuse) in the beautiful Delta Classics fleet.

Even though wind conditions weren’t as exceptional as the past two days, Chester Race Week 2013 went out with a bang as festivities continued on land well into the night for the closing ceremonies with awards presentations and live music.

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