NSC Pinhey’s Point Race

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The NSC Pinhey’s Point Race takes place in late June or early July and comprises a relatively short (~12 Nm return) up-river race which passes close by Pinhey’s Point Historic Site and anchorage.  This is the shortest of NSC’s up-river Long Distance races, and forms part of the Interclub Long Distance Series. It is an ideal event for families and newcomers to up-river sailing who are interested in trying out something new on a summer weekend.

The race normally starts in the early afternoon outside the NSC harbour. Sailors pass Aylmer Island, and then continue upriver to a temporary mark on the Quebec side across from Pinhey’s Point.  After rounding the mark, racers sprint to a second turning mark off Pinhey’s Point, to turn down-river for the homeward bound leg to the finish. Loud cheering and cameras have been known to break out as the train of boats pass by the turning mark in front of the anchorage.

Not everyone chooses to finish the race — some just race up to Pinhey’s to stay for the rest of the afternoon or overnight, and to watch the action along with the rest of the moored Pinhey’s boats.

Up for grabs is the Nautilus trophy for the first NSC PHRF or JAM boat on combined corrected time, plus keepers for the top three boats.

Check the Sailing Instructions or any special notice for additional details.

Originally written by Colin Mombourquette, with updates by Ross Ernst.   Comments or changes to Hugh Morrin, webmaster at nsc dot ca.

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