The Salem News
---- — Plans are moving ahead and registrations are already coming in for the 35th biennial Marblehead to Halifax Ocean Race on July 7.
“We have a strong early enrollment and expect to have 90 boats on the starting line,” Vice Commodore Barry Klickstein, of the Boston Yacht Club, who is chairman of the event, said.
The Marblehead to Halifax is the premier ocean race in the Northeast and first sailed in 1905. It is co-sponsored by the Boston Yacht Club and the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron. The 2011 event set new records. Sailors from the United States and Canada will converge on Marblehead over the Fourth of July for a round of social events highlighting the summer racing season.
Race Director Geoff Smith plans to configure the starting line so that thousands of spectators can view the race from such vantage points as Castle Rock. “It worked well in 2011 so we’re hoping the weather will cooperate and we can do it again this year”, he said.
A committee of volunteers from the Boston Yacht Club is already at work planning the social and racing events. Their website is up at www.marbleheadtohalifax.com.