May 27, 2021

Mike MentuckIt’s official. The notice of race has been published for the Boston Yacht Club’s inaugural Michael A Mentuck Memorial Ocean race to leave Marblehead Harbor on Thursday July 8.

The race will be run this year instead of the traditional Marblehead to Halifax event which was canceled due to uncertainty surrounding crossing the U.S./Canadian border. It has been named for Michael A. Mentuck, a past Commodore of the Boston Yacht Club and honorary member of the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron.



Mike MentuckMike Mentuck, past Commodore of the Boston Yacht Club and honorary member of the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron

The course is 253 miles and will stay closer to shore to make it more accessible than races further offshore.

“We're cooking up a phenomenal race which will send sailors to Matinicus Rock off the coast of Maine. The start is moved up to Thursday evening July 8th so we can finish back at the Boston Yacht Club for a great, safe awards party” said Bruce Baker, Vice Commodore of the BYC and chairman of the race.

Race Director Karen Tenenbaum said applications are now available online. “We are hoping that skippers who had planned to compete in the Halifax will join us for this alternative event,” she said. “It is our plan to run the Mike Mentuck Memorial Race every other year once the biennial Halifax returns in 2023.”

Further information, registration and entries can be found on the website:

Ed Bell, Boston Yacht Club


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.