Splendid start in Halifax Waterfront
For the first time since its creation in 2000, ROUTE Halifax Saint-Pierre has joined the magnificent settings of the Waterfront in the historic centre of Halifax for an amazing event upon race start. “We want to get closer to the public to expand ROUTE Halifax Saint-Pierre and make the numerous visitors discover a high-level sailing competition and the charms of Saint-Pierre et Miquelon, the small French Archipelago just 350 miles away from Halifax.” says Philippe Paturel, ROUTE founder at the beginning of the event on June 22.
By the fleet side, new type as well. Alongside with racing cruisers, regulars of the ROUTE, an increasing participation of pure racing boats such as CLASS40, a very active class in Europe and developing in North America. With a representation from both sides of the Atlantic, from several provinces of Canada, Nova Scotia, Quebec, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador, United States, Europe, England, France Mainland and of course Saint-Pierre et Miquelon, the 2018 fleet is a unique one in the history of the ROUTE! By the entertainment side, French music and large screen video with the Festival “Saint-Pierre et Miquelon Des iles d’exception” took the public for a journey to the small neighbouring French Archipelago.
Successful! A large public to admire the boats and discover Saint-Pierre et Miquelon together with a strong interest for the ROUTE from the Canadian Media. Thanks Halifax Waterfront for your great welcome!
An intense competition in idyllic conditions
Spectacular race start on June 26 at 12.00 in front of the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. Numerous spectators on the Waterfront, ideal conditions with 15 knots of wind and sunny day. The 350-mile race to Saint Pierre et Miquelon is announced to be athletic with strong winds when reaching the Ocean after Cape Breton and 2.50 m waves. Heavy conditions confirmed with the additional gift of the full moon lightening all way long. It takes only 33h 24min to the winner, “Esprit de Corps IV”, 60 feet VOR led by Gilles Barbot to cut the finish line, very close to the race record of 29h 30min, unbeatable since 2010. A real performance for the second and 1rst CLASS40, “Saint-Pierre et Miquelon-Oackliff Racing” led by Philippe Paturel arriving only 3 hours later and half an hour before the 2nd CLASS40 “Bleu 35” of Eric Tabardel! Amazing fight as well in the smallest boats category between the NACIRA 650 “Saint-Pierre and Miquelon Autour de l’Atlantique” of Rodolphe Victorri arrived only 11 seconds before the A31 “Ville de Saint-Pierre” of Gary Edwards and Peter Toi, and a memorable competition during their 50 hours racing. “Extraordinary Champagne conditions » says Gilles Barbot. « We arrived under spinnaker, with 20 to 30 knots of wind and shinning sun, it was magic!” tells Gaëlle, crew member on “Bella J” J133. An unforgettable 2018 ROUTE for all the boats!
Saint-Pierre et Miquelon, what a welcome, what a celebration!
The whole Archipelago ready to welcome the boats of ROUTE Halifax Saint-Pierre, the Café de la ROUTE adorned with its new colors of wood, Blue, White and Red, the sponsors of the boats at the pontoon whatever the time of day boats arrive, the warmth and hospitality of the population of the Archipelago has been true to his legend, more than 100 volunteers ahead together with the City of Saint-Pierre. From the opening on June 26th, the Café de la ROUTE is always full with non-stop live concerts for a permanent party, population and crews together for encounters that remain in the hearts and a 5 days celebration!
The Grand Prix of the ROUTE welcomes a distinguished guest: Titouan Lamazou, Sponsor of the ROUTE, sails on CLASS40 « Saint-Pierre et Miquelon-Oackliff Racing » of Philippe Paturel for a race in Saint-Pierre’s bay to thank the population of the Archipelago. A great honor for Saint-Pierre et Miquelon, very proud to welcome his fantastic project of the Bateau Atelier, presented during a ceremony where Titouan Lamazou and Philippe Paturel have been awarded “Fier SPM” Ambassadors by the Collectivité Territoriale de Saint-Pierre et Miquelon. “Saint-Pierre et Miquelon Des îles d’exception” remains in the eyes full of hapiness of all the participants to ROUTE Halifax Saint-Pierre 2018. Many thanks to all our Partners and to the volunteers in Saint-Pierre et Miquelon. Let’s go for 2020 and an even greater ROUTE!