Transatlantic races and great sailors
The memory of the great times of the schooners’ masts hidding the view towards the “Ile aux Marins” is still alive in Saint-Pierre et Miquelon and many of the legendary ships were visiting the Archipelago after them.
From 1984, with the first Transat Québec Saint-Malo, Saint-Pierre et Miquelon is an important destination for the prestigious world of Ocean Racing. Since this first edition, the competitors of Quebec Saint-Malo are adding the Archipelago as a waypoint every 4 years. Then, long is the list of the great sailors who will visit Saint-Pierre and Miquelon.
1987, the unforgetable Transat Lorient / Saint-Pierre / Lorient. The intense competition between Eric Tabarly and Pierre Fehlmann remains in the memories together with the crowded pontoons in Saint-Pierre. During the stopover, Eric Tabarly inaugurated the “André Paturel” Sailing Center in memory of his past long friend.
1990 – 1998, the Sailing Tour de France years
The Saint-Pierre et Miquelon sailing boat, skippered by Saint-Pierre sailor Philippe Paturel, takes the start of the mythical event to compete at the highest level of the Offshore Racing. Reaching permanently the top of the rankings, the consecration comes in 1994 with a brilliant victory of the Sailing Tour de France.
Supported since the first days by the local public institutions, numerous private companies and the entire population of the Archipelago, followed every day by the French TV Group “France Télévisions”, the crew is celebrated when he returns to Saint Pierre et Miquelon.
“You followed us from the beginning until this consecration, we thank you and are taking the commitment to organize you a great regional sailing event.”
2000, a Franco-Canadian friendship
A few years later, Philippe Paturel and Hal Davies were competing in the North American regattas. Hal was then retired from the Canadian Naval Forces where he served as Commanding Officer and is an active racer of the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron.
One day, on the pontoons of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, they joke around a drink and dream about the next opportunity for which they will share the pleasure to compete again on the ocean. The first one arrived in Saint-Pierre, for example!
ROUTE Halifax Saint-Pierre is born, a great sailing event is back in Saint-Pierre et Miquelon.
2002, start of Route Halifax Saint-Pierre
20 from the first edition up to 40 sailing boats of all sizes on the following ones.
Every two years, enthusiastic sailing lovers and experienced sailors meet at the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron in Halifax to compete in the highly expected Ocean Race of the summer. Sport and conviviality gather crews from Canada, United States, Saint-Pierre et Miquelon and Europe, attracted by the event and the charms of the French Archipelago as well as the beauties of Nova Scotia.
Hal Davies left us too early in February 2011. He was a figure of sailing and a great friend of Saint Pierre and Miquelon. His good mood, his “Third Wave” on the start line of every Route Halifax Saint-Pierre and his passion for sailing are forever in the spirit and the heart of the ROUTE.
2018, an expanding ROUTE
Building on its success, ROUTE Halifax Saint-Pierre joins the historic center of the city and starts in 2018 from the lively Halifax Waterfront harbor. A “Saint Pierre et Miquelon des iles d’Exception” Festival and all the boats moored on the downtown’s marinas in the middle of a large public are going to be one of the great event of the summer in Halifax.
The finish in Saint-Pierre is a huge celebration with all the local population and from 2020, the ROUTE will extend towards Europe and Quebec. A Transatlantic and another Oceanic Race on the program, the ROUTE is extending, keep following it!