Pinhey’s Point Sunset Time Trial

The Pinhey’s Point Sunset Time Trial allows sailors to enjoy the sunset on the Ottawa River, and the excitement of racing in the dark. And unlike for Midnight Madness, the marks are not lit.

This one is scheduled for Friday, August 26, 2022, with a start window from 1830 to 1835. Refer to Part H and Annex A of the Sailing Instructions. Information below should match the SIs, but is for info only, and in case of conflict, the SIs take precedence.


Any boat from NSC, BYC or CVGR that is registered for the Interclub racing program is eligible. Boats may sail with flying sails (aka PHRF) or without (aka JAM).


Boats may start any time between 1830 and 1835 EDT. The start line will be between yellow race mark P (45.364°, -75.821°) to the North, and a point 100 m to the SSE of P Mark, in line with the Camp Fortune Tower. The photo shown below was taken near the port end of the start line. I.e. boats must pass on the south side of P mark, leaving it to starboard, and will generally want to pass close to P Mark. Boats shall record their start time at the moment they are aligned with P Mark and the Camp Fortune Tower, as shown in the photo below.

P Mark aligned with Camp Fortune Tower
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Boats shall start at P Mark, leaving it to starboard as outlined above; round the yellow race mark approximately 350 m Southeast of Pinhey’s Point (at 45.440°, -75.947°) to port; and finish at P Mark, leaving it to port. Boats shall record their finish time at the moment they are aligned with P Mark and the Camp Fortune Tower.

Pinhey's Point Course on Chart
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Reporting of Times

Skippers should record their start and finish times by taking photos of P Mark, as described here. Start and finish times shall be reported per normal procedures for reporting of times for long distance races.

Page updated: 2022-08-15.

Update log
2020-08-16, HM: Added Page created.
2021-08-10, HM: Updated for 2021. Referenced 2021-2024 RRS. Changed referenced photo. Dropped requirement to report crew. Added note below.
2022-08-15, HM: Updated for 2022. Added reference to SIs.

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