May 24, 2018

Womens Keelboat ChampionshipsSail Canada has announced that Toronto’s Mimico Cruising Club (MCC) will be hosting the 2018 Women’s Keelboat Championships. Located in beautiful Humber Bay Park West in Toronto, MCC offers sailing right on Lake Ontario and has a strong reputation in the sailing community.

MCC is excited to deliver an event that will provide great pre- race training, challenging racing, and engaging social activities, while working to raise the bar for competitive women’s sailing. They are putting together an experienced team of race officers, members and volunteers to run a high quality event. MCC hosted the very successful 2002 Sharks Worlds and is excited to have International Race Officer, Irene McNeill return as the Principal Race Officer for this event.

The event will be held from September 13th – 16th, 2018 with competitors racing the Shark keelboat; the Shark has a strong connection to the Toronto sailing community, with large fleets regularly being raced in Toronto Harbour and Humber Bay. Both the Canadian Shark Class Association and North Shore Shark Association are supporting the 2018 Women’s Keelboat Championships.

The Women’s Keelboat Championship is a national event that is open to competitors across the country. It is hosted annually, rotating through the western, central, and eastern regions of Canada. Typically, it is held between mid-August and mid-September, over four days with one day of training, and three days of racing.

Leasing a YachtBy Andy Adams

When I first saw the display at the Toronto International Boat Show saying that you could lease a new yacht, it stopped me dead in my tracks. While I had never considered leasing boats, we are certainly seeing growth in boat rental organizations, so leasing didn’t seem out of line. In fact, I wondered why it had taken this long to see boat leasing come to the market.

However, I have a reasonable understanding of how leasing works compared to financing a purchase and I wondered how the numbers could work for something like a yacht. The sign was in front of a 60 foot Princess Express Cruiser – about $3,000,000 

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J99By Katherine Stone

All set to pull out the Code 0 before dousing the jib.

It was a very cold and wet beginning to the summer and we never thought it would arrive in Southern Ontario. Doing a 100 miler race on Lake Ontario (billed as the COOLEST race on the lake) with my 8 layers of thermal clothing, woolen ski toque and ski mittens, along with a neck warmer kept me on the edge all night, just out of frostbite reach. I shouldn’t have complained, as we also had wind!

July and August arrived, and it has certainly warmed up, in fact, its too warm, AND we don’t have wind. We are now counting 5 Wednesday nights in a row without wind to race. 

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Wellcraft 242 FishermanBy Andy Adams

Boat buyers are gravitating to the latest centre console boats for a wide range of reasons but for the Wellcraft 242 Fisherman, you can sum it up by saying it’s about features, style and value.

This great-looking boat is just as capable on a family picnic cruise as it is doing serious blue water fishing. A wide range of options let the buyer tailor the boat for their specific interests, but it’s all there to choose from. Our test boat was well-equipped for that comfortable cruise with easy access via the swim platform and through the transom gate into the cockpit.

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Port Severn's Lock 45Blake Marchand


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The canal connects Lake Ontario and Lake Huron with an eastern terminus in Trenton and a western terminus in Port Severn. Its amazing natural waterways include the Trent River, Otonabee River, The Kawartha Lakes, Lake Simcoe, Lake Couchiching and Severn River.

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