Dec 21, 2017

Louse HBR AnchorageThere will be no description here of services, facilities, shopping or even pubs, just place where you can find the kind of quiet and sense of isolation which is getting ever harder to locate. Way down Nova Scotia’s Eastern Shore there is a stretch of untouched shoreline starting roughly at the hamlet of Whitehead and going on the town of Canso. Here you will find wilderness anchorages and some interesting inside passages between the rocky islands.

Passage

 

 

The first such anchorage is Yankee Harbour (also called Yankee Cove) found opposite Whitehead between Harbour Island and the mainland. There is a dinghy passage usable on the high tide into The Basin if exploring is your thing. At one time there was a small community here and some ruins can still be found in the bushes at the north end of the harbour. These days there is an aquaculture operation at the north end of the harbour which restricts the anchorage somewhat, but there is still plenty of room and you will not often have to share the space. The harbour is easy to enter although you need to pay close attention in thick weather. Refer to the charts and the Cruising Guide to the Nova Scotia Coast (Pilot Press) for details.

Barrens Near Louse HarbourContinuing east past Port Howe, itself a fine anchorage in settled weather, you can take Dover Passage. This channel runs inside of Dover Island between Port Howe and Dover Bay and Louse Harbour. Although the entrance to Louse Harbour looks tortuous on the chart, it is not difficult in good visibility. Once inside there are several good anchorages and despite its name, Louse Harbour is one of the nicest and most isolated on the coast. A hike ashore affords some excellent views of the 8,000 hectare, Canso Coastal Barrens Wilderness Area.

Louse Harbour

 

 

This stretch of shoreline rewards exploring in clear weather. However, in thick fog or strong southerly winds and swell it is best to stand well offshore.

Yankee CoveThe area is well described in Cruising the Eastern Shore by Mike Cox, now unfortunately out of print. The Cruising Guide to the Nova Scotia Coast is available from Pilot Press and from The Binnacle in Halifax.

Photo Credits: Louse hbr, barrens (g. cairns); Passage (NS Tourism)


Port of OrilliaTake your boat and a beautiful waterfront setting, pair that with a fantastic musical lineup of over 100 Canadian and international performers, spice it up with an awesome food truck alley, add in an artistically diverse artisan’s marketplace and finish it with a Folkplay area dedicated to children’s fun and you have the successful recipe for the Mariposa Folk Festival.

Each July this longstanding musical tradition kicks off the summer at Tudhope Park in Orillia on the picturesque shores of Lake Couchiching and you can get there by boat. This year’s festival runs July 5-7 and is celebrating 20 years back in the city where it all began 59 years ago.

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ILCA DinghyAustin, Texas, USA (25 April 2019) – In the wake of last month’s termination of its contract with its European builder, the International Laser Class Association (ILCA) announced today that, from 25 April 2019, all new, class-approved boats will be sold and raced under the “ILCA Dinghy” name. This change will have no impact on existing ILCA-authorized boats and equipment, which will be able to race alongside ILCA Dinghies in all class sanctioned events.


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Dear Doris

Clarity Nicoll

I grew up in a sailing family. My mother comes from a long line of sailors, my dad works in the marine industry and my brother and I have travelled up and down the eastern coast racing with and against each other. Yet, somehow, I had fallen in love with a No,ON-sailor (please note, the use of capital letters).

I had tried to introduce Dustin to sailing with some success, however, with the fast-paced nature of racing, and experienced sailors always ready to lend a hand when someone yelled “pull the cunningham!!!!”

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