French victory marked at yacht race from Halifax to St-Pierre
Race falls on 200th anniversary of St-Pierre-Miquelon becoming French territory
Thirteen sailboats left Halifax on Sunday for St-Pierre-Miquelon as part of the Route Halifax St-Pierre yacht race.
The race is held once every two years. One of the yachts competing is the celebrating the 200th anniversary of when St-Pierre-Miquelon became a French territory from the British.
"We will have an English skipper and a French skipper so the image is pretty nice," said Philippe Paturel, a co-skipper of the yacht Celebrations*1816-2016. Paturel is from St-Pierre and co-founded the race.
'A long maritime history'
Of the ten member crew of the nearly 20-metre Celebrations*1816-2016 yacht, five are French, two are English and three are Canadian.
"There has always been a long maritime history between France and the UK. Some of it's good, some of it's bad," said Chris Stanmore-Major, the other skipper of Celebrations*1816-2016.
Stanmore-Major said should his team win the race, the trophy would either stay in St-Pierre or go to Nova Scotia. The journey is 360 nautical miles from Halifax, or just a little over 666 kilometres.
"It's about everybody coming together and enjoying the sea and enjoying racing and sailing. That's what's most important," said Stanmore-Major.
Eighteen boats registered for the race, ranging in size from more than six metres to nearly 20 metres. There is a mixture of Canadian, French, American and British participants.
There will be an arrival ceremony in St-Pierre at the end of the race.
13 boats have left HFX on a 360 NM trip to St Pierre and Miquelon. Great shots from the starting line Steph! <a href="https://twitter.com/CBCNS">@CBCNS</a> <a href="https://t.co/55XFFnSJx3">pic.twitter.com/55XFFnSJx3</a>—@SteveBerryCBC
With files from Stephanie Blanchet