Sailors prepare to take to their boats as the Route—Halifax Saint-Pierre 2014, a world-class ocean race, gets under way Tuesday morning in Halifax.


Philippe Paturel (left) and Hal Davies (right), co-founded the race. (Route Halifax Saint-Pierre 2014)

The 560-kilometre ocean race will see 20 boats race to Saint-Pierre, one of two islands just off the coast of Newfoundland — along with Miquelon — that belong to France. 

The race takes place every second year.

Scott Macleod is this year’s race chair and is the skipper of the boat "Easy Company."

He says depending on the weather, the boat competitors could reach Saint-Pierre within 28 to 60 hours. 

“Well it’s an interesting race because we bring two cultures together, the French and the English, and it's all bonded together by the love and passion for sailing and being on the water.”

He said everyone is getting ready for the race and loading up the boats with gear for the six crew members.

The race begins at noon on Tuesday on the Halifax Waterfront.