Tuesday, July 27, 2010
La Nocturne - The Night Hawk Race - 6th August
This race is unique in our sailing calendar for two reasons: it's the only race that takes place at night and the only race that uses a "pursuit start" format.
Run by CVMO (Oka), the race starts at 20:00 with slower boats starting first and faster boats starting later depending on their handicaps. The start times are calculated so that, theoretically, all boats arrive at the finish at the same time. So, once you're racing, you need to beat everyone boat on boat. Added to this excitement, is the challenge of racing at night. The race lasts about 4 hours and ends well after sunset - so you have the added thrill of tracking your competitors via their navigation lights, and seeing boats appear suddenly out of the darkness. It's all rounded off with a reception and prize-giving at Oka.
Last year, this race was won by a Tanzer 22, Sloup du Jour, beating a J22 by 2 boat lengths, who were narrowly ahead of a J27. It's a fun race that anyone can win.
Details, NOR, and start times, are available on www.cvmo.ca