A unique Ocean race
A start in Halifax in Nova Scotia, Canada for 350 miles towards the French Archipelago of Saint-Pierre et Miquelon. Since 2002, every two years during the summer, Route Halifax Saint-Pierre is one of the most popular Offshore races on the North American East coast taking you until the waters of the Grand Banks of Newfoundland. The Labrador Current mixing with the Gulf Stream as well as the fog and sun providing intense light reflecting in the sails create a unique atmosphere. It must be taken into account, vigilance is required.
A competition open to all
ROUTE Halifax Saint-Pierre gathers a range of sailors from enthusiastic amateurs to professional racers who compete on true time or with a handicap classification. Open to Double handed or fully crewed mono-hulls so far, Route Halifax Saint-Pierre is a must event of the Offshore circuit, where boats come from Canada, Quebec, United States and Europe are meeting.
A race full of sensations
120 tactical miles along the coast of Nova Scotia and after the last tip of Cape Breton, 233 nautical miles offshore where boats have to deal with the strong tidal currents of the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
At this time of the year, the winds are generally southwest moderate and boats set quite often the spinnaker from the first buoy and drop it down in the famous Passe à Henry, north to Saint -Pierre. This race mark just before the arrival saw great navigators sailing into this passage famous for dismasting the schooners. From Tabarly, Kersauson and Riguidel, Cammas to Lamazou all have already slided into the waters of the Archipelago.
On average, the fastest boats cross the finish line after 36 to 48 hours sailing, it can also take over to 60 hours to complete the race. Race record is set at 29 hours!
An exciting arrival
Blue, White, Red, you are in France! As soon as you reach the coasts of Saint-Pierre et Miquelon, you will feel the comfort of a warm hospitality. Local boats are welcoming you, massive crowd on the docks and, in front of all, the family who sponsor your boat and will take care of all your needs during the stopover. You are more than welcome!
The Grand Prix
Well arrived and pampered, the fleet leaves again the next day for an inshore race with a specific touch. The competitors take on board the volunteers of ROUTE Halifax Saint-Pierre for a coastal race between the port of Saint-Pierre and the other islands, a big thank you to the population of the Archipelago for its hospitality and a convivial competition. Let the party begin!