Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. The 11th edition of the race starts August 20, 2017 in Liverpool. It is a 40,000 nautical mile race around the world on a 70-foot ocean racing yacht, open to any participant over 18 with a good level of fitness and spare cash.

Volvo Ocean Race  Home of the Volvo Ocean Race (formerly called the Whitbread Round the World Race). The next edition starts October 14th, 2017. As well as Alicante and Lisbon, the race will also stop in Cape Town, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Auckland, Itajaí, Newport, Cardiff and Gothenburg before the grand finale in The Hague. Visit the Volvo Ocean Race YouTube channel here.

Transat Jacques Vabre. The next race starts November 5th, 2017. The Transat Jacques Vabre is a yachting race that follows the historic coffee trading route between France and Brazil.

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2017, starts on Boxing Day. The 628 nautical mile course starts in Sydney Harbour, Australia. The fleet sails out into the Tasman Sea, down the south-east coast of mainland Australia, across Bass Strait (which divides the mainland from the island State of Tasmania), then down the east coast of Tasmania.  At Tasman Island the fleet turns right into Storm Bay for the final sail up the Derwent River to the historic port city of Hobart. The 73nd edition of the race is expected to start on Monday, December 26.

Oregon Offshore International Yacht Race May 2018.

Singlehanded TransPac  The Single-handed TransPacific Yacht Race takes place biennially from San Francisco Bay, California to Hanalei Bay, Kauai, Hawaii – a distance of 2,120 nautical miles. Solo. The next race is in 2018.

Victoria to Maui International Yacht Race. Held every two years, the next edition will be held in 2018.

Barcelona World Race, a double-handed, round the world, one-stop regatta starts and ends in Barcelona, Spain. The race will have a mandatory stopover in Sydney, Australia. The next edition of the race will start January 12, 2019.

Vendée Globe  Single-handed round the world yacht race. Boats sail non-stop, without assistance past the three capes. Solo. 26,000 miles. The 2016-2017 edition started November 6th 2016, and completed March 11th 2017 when Sébastien Destremau (TechnoFirst–faceOcean) crossed the Vendée Globe finish line off Les Sables d’Olonne in eighteenth place. The next edition will begin in 2020.


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Other Links

Canadian Coast Guard  Information on the CCG and boating in Canada.
Canadian Power & Sail Squadrons  Safe Boating, Maritime Radio, Piloting courses and more.
Canadian Yachting Association  National governing body for the sport of sailing.
Alberta Sailing Association  Provincial member of the CYA.
BC Sailing Association  Provincial member of the CYA.
Environment Canada  Weather forecasts, Marine forecasts, Sea Ice information, etc.
Canadian Hydrographic Service  Official Marine Navigation Charts and Nautical Publications.