TC Media staff
SYDNEY - The Wandrian went wandering and ended up with top honours at this year’s edition of the Race the Cape yacht competition.
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The Wandrian yacht from Lunenburg won top honours at this year’s edition of the Race the Cape yacht competition.
The Taylor 41 yacht, which hails from Lunenburg, was declared the overall winner of the five-leg race held over the past week in Cape Breton waters.
The Wandrian, named for the Old English version of “to travel or to wander,” was skippered by Bill Tucker. The boat almost missed Race the Cape as its crew was forced to make emergency repairs in a June race to Bermuda after the bottom bearing of the rudder broke. But, things went much smoother for the Wandrian in July.
Second place overall went to the Halifax-based Starfire and third place was taken by Juvenile Delinquent, also out of Halifax.
The race began last Saturday in Sydney and ended yesterday in St. Peter’s after the run in from Ben Eoin in what was a reverse of last year’s course.
Regatta co-ordinator Jennifer Rowe said the competition exceeded all expectations.
“It was even better than we thought it could be,” said Rowe. “The last few days were perfect with great weather and some really good winds.”
The race saw 46 boats competing in a variety of spinnaker and non-spinnaker divisions.
A special award to the best-finishing Cape Breton boat went to the Irish Mist, which sails out of the Dobson Yacht Club in Sydney. The masthead sloop skippered by Dan McCarthy finished seventh overall in the competition.
Although there were winners and losers in the race, Rowe said the event is about much more than winning and losing.
“It’s about the people, the sailing, the camaraderie,” said Rowe. “And, it showcased Cape Breton and what a beautiful place it is to sail and to visit.”