From July 12th to July 14th, the Charlottetown harbour will play host to the Charlottetown Yacht Club East Coast Docks Race Week. That’s the official title for what is better known as ‘Charlottetown Race Week’, a premiere sailing regatta on the Northumberland Strait that will feature 3 days of exhilarating sailboat racing and lively night time entertainment. With plenty to take in for both sailors and spectators, this 33rd edition of the event is ‘shore’ to be a good time! Check out 4 Things You Need to Know About Charlottetown’s Race Week, then get your sailor’s hat on and head to the waterfront!
1. Best Places to Watch the Races
There are a number of places along the waterfront that are ideal for watching the races. The first and most popular is the Charlottetown Yacht Club. Snag yourself a spot on the front lawn, or watch from the Yacht Club’s Lower or Upper Deck.
Another great vantage point is Queen’s Wharf at the foot of Queen Street. While you’re there, be sure to snag a pic with the large 2018 and tag #DiscoverCharlottetown
Victoria Park is another great option, especially if you want to pair your spectating with a delicious ice cream cone from the on-site dairy bar of set up a picnic.
Finally, if you’re looking to add some gorgeous countryside views into your itinerary, head out to nearby Skmaqn–Port-la-Joye–Fort Amherst. This National Historic Site is located a short 15 minute drive from downtown Charlottetown in Rocky Point. Aside from stellar views of the Northumberland Strait, the site features notable distinctions
2. Best Times to Get Your Spectating In!
From Thursday, July 12 to Saturday, July 14, sailing races will be taking place all day. Spectators can catch various parts of race day, depending on what floats their boat:
8:30- 10AM – Crews will be arriving at the Charlottetown Yacht Club, rigging and preparing their boats for race day.
10AM – Boats will be leaving the Charlottetown Yacht Club for the race course.
3PM– 5PM – Boats will be returning to the Charlottetown Yacht Club from the race course.
3. There ARE Rules to Be Followed!
It’s always important as a spectator to understand the rules of the sport you’re watching. There are lots plenty of rules in sailboat racing, but one of the most important is determining who has the right of way. Since there are no intersections, stop signs or traffic lights on the water, the boat that has the right of way is the one that has the wind hitting the right side of the boat first – also known as the starboard side of the boat.
4. Join the Sailors for a Night Out on the Town
By day they race their sail boats, by night they celebrate and socialize! Join the sailors for a night out on the town during Charlottetown Race Week, they’ve got something going on every night:
Thursday Evening – Take part in the sailors’ reception at the Merchantman’s outdoor patio. Open to the public at 9:00 PM.
Friday Evening – Sailors’ Night Out at Peake’s Quay, Join the fun!
Saturday Evening – Closing party at the Charlottetown Yacht Club with live music by The Wrecking Crew. Everyone is welcome!