Sail Canada Supports the Sailing the Arctic Race 2017

Sail Canada Supports the Sailing the Arctic Race 2017

 The definition of extreme ocean racing is “challenge”. There is no shortage of challenge in competing for the Sailing the Arctic Race (STAR). The challenge is facing the elements of the far north, of winning, of being the first to take on the fabled NorthWest Passage in a racing yacht.

Such are the elements of the STAR, and Sail Canada is pleased to support this challenge.

The race is set to start in July 2017 in New York City. Stops will include Halifax, Nuuk Greenland, Cambridge Bay, Tuktoyaktuk, Dutch Harbor and the finish in Victoria. Racers will sail in purpose-built STAR 46 racing yachts built of volcanic fibre, with double hulls and watertight compartments.

But this is much more than just a yacht race.

Only ten years ago this race would have been impossible. The effects of global warming on the far north have opened the way for marine traffic. This brings with it great concern for sustaining one of the world’s last great pristine wilderness areas. The STAR has an environmental message. It will provide an opportunity to promote awareness of our north, and several environmental groups have expressed their interest in this message.

2017 is also Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation. The sovereignty of our north has long been uncertain. The STAR will draw the attention of the world to this. With two American stops, one in Greenland and four in Canada, this will have a North American partnership but with a strong Canadian flavour.

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