Friday, June 14th, 2019 – Kingston, ON

The 2019 Bermuda International Invitational Race Week (BIIRW) took place last month from April 27th - May 3rd in Bermuda. Completing 10 races throughout the week, the crew of Chester from Nova Scotia, provided tough competition for other sailors.


The conditions during the regatta were sunny with light winds ranging from 6 knots at the beginning of the event to 10 knots at the end. Peter Wickwire, Dan MacMillan, Emily Merry, Chris Veinot, and Hillary Grantmyre of the Chester IOD fleet are veterans of this regatta.


Racing together since 2013, this crew has had a lot of experience sailing J24s and IOD’s in the home waters of Nova Scotia. Their experience allowed them to stay above the fleet throughout the event, finishing 14 points clear of their nearest rival.


Peter comments “Match Racing and international IOD events provide boats that are rotated at least daily. Being able to adjust quickly is key. We had a good run in Bermuda!” The crew of Chester stood on the podium to accept the Vrengen Gold Cup after finishing first in the series.


This seasoned crew has won the BIIRW five times and are currently IOD North American champions.


All results can be found here


Congratulations to the Helly Hansen Sailor of the Month - The crew of Chester


Sail Canada’s Sailor of the Month award acknowledges sailing achievements by Canadians involved or associated with the sport in all its forms. Sail Canada encourages the submission of noteworthy Canadian sailing activities to




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