It's not the Bluenose II, but Nova Scotian boatbuilder and cement contractor Alexander MacKenzie promises that the 33-foot concrete hulled schooner under construction in his shop will race the famed Lunenburg ship.
"We can race," he said, as he surveyed the wire-mesh form for his schooner's 2.5-centimetre-thick cement hull. "I'd not likely win. But I'll surely finish building this one before they finish the Bluenose. I'll put it in the water before they do. That's the race I'll win."