Apr 22, 2021

Dreamcatcher Cate BrownDreamcatcher at the 2019 start, the last race held. credit Cate Brown.

The Biennial Marblehead to Halifax ocean race has been cancelled for this summer – the victim of Covid-19.

Organizers at the co-sponsoring Boston Yacht Club and Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron made the decision last week unable to get clarity about when the U.S./Canadian border might reopen. The border has been closed to non-essential travel since March of 2020.

In place of the international race both clubs are planning separate ocean races that will have similar start times but avoid international borders. Despite their disappointment, MHOR organizers are getting excited over the idea of creating a new race with similar but more accessible distance sailing challenges.

In a statement the joint regatta committee said, “Due to the current situation with COVID, we don’t have enough clarity on whether current restrictions at the Canada/U.S. border will change to allow the race, even though we have been in regular contact with border authorities”.

“We are concerned that we won’t have time to properly prepare for the race or give our competitors ample time to prepare their yachts when or if the restrictions are lifted before July”. 
“Our attention and efforts will now turn to our respective options where both the Boston Yacht Club and the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron will look to hold slightly shorter races that will start around the same time. More information on these will be available in the coming weeks from our respective yacht clubs.”

The MHOR committee described their decision as sad but promised that the storied 363-mile race from Marblehead to Halifax will be back in 2023.


Two Offshore Personal Survival and Safety at Sea Courses will be held in Ontario this spring:

  • March 24 & 25 at the Ashbridge's Bay Yacht club
  • March 21 & April 9 at the Humber Bay Sailing Centre

In 2003, ISAF (now World Sailing) introduced a standard basic syllabus for the training of safety courses in order to establish an Internationally recognized qualification. The training requirements form part of the Offshore Special Regulations. These courses are run and established by World Sailing Member National Authorities (MNA) and conform to World Sailing minimum standards. Sail Canada accredits Offshore Personal Survival training organizations and instructors.