Surrey Sailing ClubAs the 2018 sailing season winds down it is time to reflect about all those fantastic days on the water with family and friends. Sailing out of our home port has been made up of day sails with a few overnight stops at marinas. 

Crates MarineEverything that’s old is new again…what was long ago the highly respected Morch Marine is now Crate Marine Belleville – same great location and service, but all new facilities and staff.

Ngoni The Halifax waterfront has been attracting more and more large yachts in recent years. However, a recent visitor was a real show stopper. NGONI has to be one of the most extreme sailing yachts in the world.

MarinaAh Canadian simplicity at its finest; small town, big marina. Little Hilton Beach (population 200!), which I am lucky enough to call my cottage country, is located on the north-east coast of St. Joseph Island. 

LunenburgNova Scotia’s seafaring history and boatbuilding tradition come to life on the Lunenburg waterfront. This UNESCO World Heritage Site offers visitors and residents a close-up on one of the world’s most remarkable and authentic working waterfronts.

Princess in BC 1Vancouver-based Big Blue Yacht Charters Worldwide owner Emma Murdoch explains that luxury crewed charter yachts are permanently professionally-crewed yachts, generally from 20m to over 100m that provide experienced senior officers, formally trained chefs, and five-star interior hotel amenities.

Digby Harbour 1Ever since Royal Navy Captain Robert Digby dropped off 1800 or so Loyalists on the shore of the Annapolis Basin in 1783, the town of Digby has been Nova Scotia’s gateway to the Bay of Fundy.

Killarney 1We’re aboard Attigouatan, a Pursuit 2260 that normally lives life as a friend’s cottage boat, running back and forth from dock to dock. 

Cowichan BayWe had sailed around the Gulf Islands for a couple of weeks, dropping the hook wherever we wanted, and then lying there for days so relaxed as to be in an altered state of consciousness.

Canoe Cove AerialIn the 1920s, a small cove in Canoe Bay was used as a shipping point and safe-haven for rum runners during US. prohibition. 

An Abacos Adventure

Great Guana CayBy Mark Stevens; Photos by Sharon Matthew-Stevens

It’s a perfect Sunday morning jaunt.

We’re gliding through green-blue waters, colours so vivid and bright they hurt your eyes. We’re set for a close reach out of a harbour guarded by a necklace of tiny emerald islands decorated by palms that dance in fifteen knots of wind.

Our boat, “Tropical Escape II” (perfect name for both the boat and our adventure), is a 44-foot Robertson and Caine catamaran, chartered from Sunsail’s Marsh Harbour base on Bahamas’ Great Abaco Island.

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Lifestyle

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Boat Reviews

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Hanse 388

Hanse 388By Katherine Stone

The Hanse group produced their second most popular boat of all time with the Hanse 385. The trick was to build on that winning formula when they upgraded to the Hanse 388, which they have done in spades. The German build quality is first rate and true to the Hanse tradition. Leaving the hull the same with a steep stern and straight stem for an optimal long water line, they went with a slightly stiffer, heavier displacement, new deck, interior layout and window line. Hanse’s highly experienced yacht construction team, judel/vrolijk & co., have combined ease of sailing, comfort and performance into the newly designed Hanse 388.

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DIY & How to

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Marine Products

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