Small Craft Races

The Small Craft Races have been a tradition since the first year of the Festival. This fun event started with four Light Schooners, one of which, Spirit of Mahone, has participated in the program almost every year. The fleet quickly expanded to include a Windsprint class and an open class that features traditional as well as experimental craft.

The Small Craft Races, organized by the Small Wooden Boat Association of Nova Scotia are competitive in a friendly way. The rules are uncomplicated and designed to allow everyone to have fun. The races run for five days (starting on the Wednesday before the Festival) and are held during the afternoons when the wind is usually at its best. There are nine races, with the best five counting towards the overall standings. You can enter any or all races. They take place among the moored boats in the Bay making it a challenging course for the sailors, and easy to watch from shore.

Competing couldn't be easier!
Simply show up with your boat and lifejackets before the start of any race. If you have a Windsprint or Light Schooner, you will race in your class. If you have any other small sailboat, you will race in the open class where all boats are encouraged and welcome.

Check the Schedule for dates and times of all races and then plan to be at the wharf when the starting sequence begins