ARK 2009 Regatta to be sailed at Bedford Basin Yacht Club
Halifax’s Bedford Basin will be the venue for the Atlantic Olympic Training Seminar (A-YOTS)
July 9+10th and ARK Regatta 2009 July 11+12th. Bedford Basin Yacht Club is very pleased to
host this event for the 38th consecutive year. A committed team of volunteers is working hard to
put on a first class regatta. We are grateful to the many sponsors who will be supporting this
year’s event and in particular are pleased to welcome Yoplait as return Gold Sponsor. As we get
closer to the event, a complete list of sponsors will be posted to the BBYC website.
Young sailors from around the Atlantic region will be attending both events. Organizers expect
120 participants for A-YOTS and over 160 sailors for ARK 2009 in at least 7 classes - Optimist,
Byte, C11, Laser, Laser Radial, 420 and 29er. There is also the possibility of hosting a Masters
Class 35-year and older class if enough participants sign up. Clubs represented will likely
include Charlottetown Yacht Club, Royal Kennebecasis Yacht Club, Chester Yacht Club, the
Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron, Dartmouth Yacht Club, Shearwater Yacht Club,
Waegwoltic Club, St. Margaret’s Sailing Club, Bras d’Or Yacht Club, the host club - Bedford
Basin Yacht Club - and le Centre Nautique de St. Pierre et Miquelon.
ARK is a wonderful opportunity for young sailors to compete with their counterparts, gaining
experience and testing themselves in a major competition. The future of sailing in the region
rests with these competitors and a high level of performance is expected. This year ARK will be
hosting the NSYA Provincial Championships for Under 16 and the Double Handed (29er/420).
ARK 2009 has been designated as the Byte/C11 East Coast Championships, and, as well, ARK
2009 will be part of the Byte/C11 Grand Prix Circuit. PS 2000 will be offering C11’s rent for the
four days of the event and a coach will be on site. Information about the C11 rental will be
posted to the BBYC web site.
For further information please contact:
Chair, ARK Regatta 2009
Bedford Basin Yacht Club