The 150 Sailing Challenge begins Monday in Charlottetown

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A horn will sound at the front of the Charlottetown Yacht Club (CYC) Monday at 10 a.m. to start The 150 Sailing Challenge.

The race of some 250 nautical miles has been organized by the Souris Harbour Authority and is part of the 2014 sesquicentennial celebrations.

There is $7,000 to be won, $2,500 for the overall winner with the rest spread evenly between the racing and white sail classes.

Eight of the 12 boats signed up are from the CYC. In the racing class the CYC boats are: Ghost, an Olson 30 skippered by Peter Scott; Midnite, a J 30 skippered by Wellington Gay; Jaeger, a J 29 skippered by Russell Compton; Relentless, a Cabot 36 skippered by Rick Hamilton; Intuition, a Beneteau 33.7 skippered by Stephen Cudmore and Pepper, a J 35 skippered by John Rankin.

The racing fleet also includes Kestrel, a second Olson 30, skippered by Shaun MacDonald out of the Pictou Yacht Club and Wild Heart, a Sabre 34, skippered by Jim McCarthy out the Shearwater Yacht Club in Halifax.

In the white sail class the CYC is represented by Malcolm Lodge and his 30-foot Catalina, Carpe Diem. He’ll be facing a second Catalina 30, Mystic, skippered by Leigh MacKey of the Summerside Yacht Club.

They are joined by Azura, a Freedom 40 skippered by Robert Sanford of Halifax, and a Pearson 365, Dalliance, out of Souris.

Today’s weather forecast is a calling for south winds of 25 knots, shifting to the southeast and then veering southwest. The winds, the tides and the distance are all factors making the race a challenge for the skippers and their crews.

The first leg of the race is from Charlottetown, east through Northumberland Strait, around Pictou Island, then northeast to Harve Aubert in Les Isles de la Madeleine, a distance of about 150 nautical miles. Wednesday night there is a banquet in Harve Aubert and the race will re-start Thursday morning for the 70-mile second leg which finishes in Souris. A banquet and the awarding of prizes takes place at the Sheltered Harbour Restaurant.

The Souris Harbour Authority has organized the race with assistance from P.E.I. 2014. ScotiaBank is the title sponsor of the race while a number of other businesses have supported the event.

Organizations: Charlottetown Yacht Club, Pictou Yacht Club, Shearwater Yacht Club Carpe Diem Summerside Yacht Club Sheltered Harbour Restaurant.The Souris Harbour Authority ScotiaBank

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Souris, Pictou Island

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