Great wind made for ideal conditions to run a double round robin, comprising 36 races, for the nine skippers competing for the Grade 3 York Cup Match Race at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club on Saturday, August 7th. Hats off to Chris Cook, the PRO, for his expert race management over the weekend with course changes, square lines and perfectly timed races.
Competing for Canada were: Sarah Bury, David Jarvis, Terry McLaughlin, and Peter Wickwire from the Royal Canadian Yacht Club, as well as Magnus Sandberg from the National Yacht Club and Sweden. They were joined by Americans: Kent Colpaert, Will Cyr, and James Denner from the Bayview Yacht Club in Detroit, Michigan. Rounding out the competitors was Reuben Corbitt from New Zealand. The umpire team also consisted of an international group from the USA and Canada.
Leading into Sunday morning, August 9th, Terry McLaughlin lead the group of 9 teams with 7 wins and one loss, followed by Corbitt, Jarvis, and Wickwire. After the Semi-finals, Wickwire and Corbitt both had two points and moved into the finals, while Jarvis was pitted against McLaughlin in the Petit Finals. The great wind conditions allowed for a Consolation round to also be run.
Congratulations to Reuban Corbitt of New Zealand for a well sailed regatta! Finishing in second, Peter Wickwire, followed by Terry McLaughlin, and David Jarvis.
Cruising on Canada’s East Coast, at least for those who have never been there, can conjure up images of fierce tides and dense fog. While these conditions do exist at times, they can be managed with prudence and planning. However, there are two large cruising areas that are as inviting as any protected inland lake or river. These are the Bras d’Or Lakes region of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia and the Saint John River in New Brunswick. Although the Saint John River runs for over 400 miles from its headwaters in the mountains of northern Maine, it is the approximately 75 miles between the river’s mouth at the port city of Saint John on the Bay of Fundy and the head of navigation at Fredericton, that attract the boater’s attention. ...
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Dufour in partnership with Felci Yacht Design wants nothing less than to optimize the sailing experience through design, performance and comfort. The Dufour 500 Grand Large provides space and amenities with style, efficiency and performance. This yacht is an embodiment of that objective.
Contemporary, sleek design is combined with innovative features using modern construction techniques, materials and components. The 500GL has a low profile and wide side decks. The plumb bow and full beam, carried well aft with a visible hard chine, are design features found on current racing profiles. The expansive drop transom is a feature shared with many modern cruisers along with twin wheels and a foldout sunbed in the cockpit. It’s the design innovations in the interior that sets the Dufour 500 Grand Large apart.
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The Halifax Harbour is well known not only to mariners and historians, but also to most Canadians for the 1917 Halifax explosion and the many fortifications left by the British. It has a rich and fascinating maritime history. The Bedford Basin, named after the 4th Duke of Bedford, is the remains of a large pre-historic fjord found in the northwestern end of Halifax Harbour measuring 8 kilometers in length and 5 km wide. A well- protected, deep harbour makes it ideal for anchoring. Due to these qualities, Halifax Harbour became the primary logistic port for resupplying Western Europe during both World Wars. With its protected waters, Bedford Basin allowed the English and Canadian Navies to securely assemble merchant convoys. With torpedo nets set in Halifax Harbour, German submarines were kept at bay.
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