2019-08-21

Strong competition marks the start of Chester Race Week



  • <p>Tim Wilkes, photo</p><p>The four Baker siblings - sister Jesleine and brothers Philip, Jim and David - and crew power their J/30 Just Add Water to first place in the Distance Fleet at the end of day one of sailing at 2019 Helly Hansen Chester Race Week in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada.</p>

While a weather front sitting off Tancook Island yesterday threatened the fleet today, the skies cleared, the sailors were enthusiastic and the wind picked up to 10 to 15 knots just in time to kick off Helly Hansen Chester Race Week 2019 with ideal on-the-water conditions.

"Mahone Bay came through for us as she always does," said Dan Conrod, principal race officer for Helly Hansen Chester Race Week. "The wind picked up just in time for the races to start and we couldn't have asked for better conditions on day one."

Skippers came from as far away as Germany, New Mexico, California, New England, Ontario and Quebec. Many one design fleets were larger and more competitive than ever, including the Sonars, Bluenoses and International One Designs, most of which sail out of Chester and Lunenburg.

"In response to constructive skipper feedback in 2018 we made the courses even more competitive this year. We're seeing a lot of new boats joining the regatta again, a sign that Helly Hansen Chester Race Week is reaching even more sailing fans across the continent," Conrod said.

Jesleine Baker co-owns the J/30 Just Add Water along with her three brothers Philip, Jim and David Baker. The siblings have been sailing together out of the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron in Halifax since they were kids. Baker says her fleet is increasingly competitive and close, so it makes all the difference to get a good start and find the favoured tack. Just Add Water finished first in the Distance 4 fleet, skippered by her brother Philip.

"We started with light winds but it picked up quickly and we had steady air throughout the race. When you're all pretty close in speed and the wind is steady, then it's all about luck and skill, "Jesleine explained. "Luckily today we had a great start and we crossed the finish line first. We have a very close fleet and we're always battling on the course to get ahead. It's a lot of fun."

DAY ONE RESULTS

Place, Yacht Name, Type, Owner/Skipper, Hometown, Results, Total Points

Bluenose (One Design - 23 Boats)

1. Wahoo, Bluenose 23, Henry Demone , Chester, NS, CAN - 4 -4 -1 -1 ; 10

2. Privateer, Bluenose 22.5, Connor Mraz , Brooklyn, NY, USA - 12 -3 -3 -2 ; 20

3. Dart, Bluenose 23, John Grantmyre , Halifax, NS, CAN - 8 -2 -7 -6 ; 23

Classics (Pursuit - 8 Boats)

1. Seneca, Classic 48, David Creighton , Chester, NS, CAN - 1 ; 1

2. Virginia, Wm Gardner Q 46, John Wurts , Chester, NS, USA - 2 ; 2

3. Hayseed IV, Wm Gardner P 54, Christopher Wurts , Chester, NS, CAN - 3 ; 3

Distance 1 (PHRF_ToT - 7 Boats)

1. Ramillies, Beneteau First 44.7 44.7, David Wilson , Halifax, NS, CAN - 1 ; 1

2. Chaos, Farr 395 39.5, Mark Gosine , Halifax, NS, CAN - 2 ; 2

3. Climax, 1D35 35, Nathan Reece , Dartmouth, NS, CAN - 3 ; 3

Distance 2 (PHRF_ToT - 11 Boats)

1. Young Blood, J 100 33, Larry Creaser , Chester, NS, CAN - 1 ; 1

2. HELOC, J 35 35, Andrew Childs , Halifax, NS, CAN - 2 ; 2

3. J'ai Tu, J 35 35, Rodney Johnstone / Gary Bennett , Storrs, CT, USA - 3 ; 3

Distance 3 (PHRF_ToT - 9 Boats)

1. Poohsticks, J 92 30, Colin Mann , Lunenburg, NS, CAN - 1 ; 1

2. PARADIGM SHIFT, J29 29, Don Williams , Halifax, NS, CAN - 2 ; 2

3. Scotch Mist IV, J 29 29, Chris MacDonald , Halifax, NS, CAN - 3 ; 3

Distance 4 (PHRF_ToT - 9 Boats)

1. Just Add Water, J 30 30, Jesleine Baker , Halifax, NS, CAN - 1 ; 1

2. Highlander, Dealer DB-1 33, Dan Pride , Halifax, NS, Can - 2 ; 2

3. Flux, J 30 30, Jordan MacNeil , Halifax, NS, CAN - 3 ; 3

Distance 5 (PHRF_ToT - 7 Boats)

1. Foxy Lady, Chaser 29 29, Bob Cragg , Chester, NS, CAN - 1 ; 1

2. Afterhours, custom 23'8, Charles Walker , Chester, Nova Scotia, CAN - 2 ; 2

3. ON THE VERGE, C&C 32.87, steven robertson , fall river, NS, CAN - 3 ; 3

Distance 6 (PHRF_ToT - 4 Boats)

1. sea breaker, C&C 25 25, bruce nunn , dartmouth, nova scotia, can - 1 ; 1

2. To'Mater 3, C&C 25, Warren Webber , Rhodes Corner, NS, Canada - 2 ; 2

3. Nesbitt, Thunderbird 25' 6, Anthony Rosborough , Halifax, NS, CAN - 3 ; 3

Inshore 1 - J/105 (PHRF_ToT - 5 Boats)

1. McMac, J/105 34.5', Sean / Rory McDermott / MacDonald , Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, CAN - 1 -1 ; 2

2. MOJO, J/105 34, James Mosher , Lunenburg, Select State, CAN - 2 -3 ; 5

3. Axis, J/105 34.5, Richard Gerstenberger , Dartmouth, NS, CAN - 4 -2 ; 6

Inshore 2 - C&C 99 (PHRF_ToT - 5 Boats)

1. Agent 99, C&C 99 33, Rob Crutcher , Bedford, NS, CAN - 1 -1 ; 2

2. Equinox 99, C&C 99 33, Rod Straight , Halifax, NS, CAN - 2 -2 ; 4

3. Showgirl2, C&C 99 32.5, Drew Bethune , Halifax, NS, CAN - 3 -3 ; 6

Inshore 3 (PHRF_ToT - 7 Boats)

1. Head Games, J/29 29.5, Terry Schnare , Chester Basin, NS, CAN - 2 -1 ; 3

2. Painkiller, J/29 29, Jane Filbee , Halifax, NS, CAN - 1 -2 ; 3

3. Unlimited Data, Etchells 30.5 feet, Alan Chandler , Chester, NS, CAN - 3 -3 ; 6

Inshore 4 (PHRF_ToT - 6 Boats)

1. Hoonigan, Soling 27, Ivan Fitch , Chester, NS, CAN - 1 -1 ; 2

2. Cheap Thrill, J/22 22, Karen Fowler , dartmouth, NS, CAN - 2 -2 ; 4

3. Waverunner, J/24 24, Steven Countway , Halifax, NS, CAN - 3 -3 ; 6

Sonar (One Design - 6 Boats)

1. Barbarian, Sonar 23, Rob Barbara , Halifax, NS, CAN - 1 -3 -1 ; 5

2. Ping, Sonar 23, Andreas Josenhans , Lunenburg, Ns, Can - 2 -1 -6 ; 9

3. Echo, Sonar 23, John Franklin , Chico, CA, USA - 3 -2 -4 ; 9

Farr 30 (One Design - 6 Boats)

1. One More Time, Farr 30 30, Rob Gale , Halifax, Nova scotia, Can - 1 -1 -1 ; 3

2. Totally Irresponsible, Farr 30 30, Adam Affleck , Stratford, Pei, Can - 2 -2 -6 ; 10

3. Goose, Farr 30 30, Ben Maloney , Bedford, NS, CAN - 3 -3 -4 ; 10

International One Design (One Design - 9 Boats)

1. Bella, IOD 36, Evan Petley-Jones , Halifax, NS, CAN - 4 -2 -1 ; 7

2. Restless, IOD 33', Ted Murphy , Halifax, NS, CAN - 1 -6 -3 ; 10

3. Enigma, IOD 33, Steve Bush , Los Ranchos, NM, USA - 5 -4 -2 ; 11

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