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


Silver medal for Andre Deseau of West Van YC

Close to 40 young Canadian sailors were in action last weekend for the Midwinters West competitions held in California.

At the ILCA-NA Midwinters West held at Marina del Rey, Andre Deseau was the top Canadian with a second-place finish in the ILCA 4 class. The athlete from West Vancouver Yacht Club had a strong last day with a 4th, 1st and 3rd position, allowing him to climb from third to second spot.