An Halifax Sailing Association tradition that is not just for the big boys, nor is it a traditional sailboat race!

HSA has always been considered a small boat club. Most of our boats are centerboard dinghies: Opti's, Sunfish, Capri's and the occasional small multihull, the Little Boys. None the less, the club has often had a few somewhat larger boats, keelboats from 20' to 30'. Still fairly small, but to us, they are the Big Boys.


In 2007 a club member, Jim Reilly, recognized that most of the big boat sailors were cruisers, not racers and were reluctant and ill prepared to participate in races, real races, governed by the official Racing Rules of Sailing. In an attempt to introduce those cruisers to the racing side of the sport, he devised "The Big Boys Race", an event that allows inexperienced sailors the opportunity to participate in a "regatta like" activity by sailing around a course in adherence solely to the Rules of the Road, not racing rules. In April of 2015 Jim managed his 100th BBR and he is still counting.


It is, for many new members, their first look at sailing in a somewhat larger boat and participating in a "race". The BBR evolved into our "for fun" race where anyone in any boat can participate. Use a club boat, or your own, and have fun on the water. Just show up at the club a bit before the Skipper's meeting and let it be known that you would like to be a crew member; we always try to get everyone on a boat. Usually there is a cookout following the race! Check the Event Calendar for details.