BVI Spring Regatta Ingrid AberyWith most of the Caribbean islands caught in the wrath of hurricane Irma and then Maria - two category five hurricanes that hit land and made history - the message from the organizers of the BVI Spring Regatta is strong and clear...

 

 

2017 Sperry Challenge The 5th edition of the Sperry Challenge presented by BNI was held at the RStLYC in Montréal on Aug 26 which raised $25,000 in support of local sailors with disabilities...

 

 

 

New Regatta CrewI guess it’s true what they say. The only thing that stays the same is change. Regattas are not what they used to be. Gone are they days of 20 boat rafts, tents filing the yacht club grounds and beer trucks lining the streets to serve hundreds of sailors.

 

 

Martins River Regatta 1It has been 20 years since the late marine artist Bill Gilkerson and fellow Martin’s River resident, Chip Dickison came up with the idea of a Labour Day get-together for local boats, with some informal racing thrown in.

 

 

401 At Rush HourIn the late 50s there were no Zone, Provincial, or Canadian Youth Championships, so juniors in the Toronto Area quite often raced against adults in open dinghy events.

Martins FireballMartin Herbert of the Saltspring Island Sailing Club shares his memories as he prepares for the FireBall Dinghy Regatta, Canadian National Championship.

 

 

 

Blind SailingThe event will be sailed in Flying Tiger 7.5M small keel sport boats at the National One Design Sailing Academy, 14 Bronte Road, Oakville, Ontario.

 

 

 

Ark RegattaRob Dunbar sent us this wrap-up of this year’s ARK Regatta held at the Bedford Basin Yacht Club on July 8 and 9.

 

 

 

Georgian Bay Regatta 2017The 32nd annual Georgian Bay Regatta will be held Aug. 2-6. Boats will depart from the Midland Bay Sailing Club and finish in Thornbury. The annual event hosted by the Georgian Bay Sailing Association (GBSA)...

 

 

Great LakesThe inaugural Great Lakes J/Fest happens next week at Ashbridge's Bay Yacht Club.

Our Top 5 Caribbean Destinations

Shards Top 5 Caribbean DestinationsBy Paul and Sheryl Shard

Do you ever dream about traveling by boat on sparkling tropical seas as winter sets in at home and the weather turns colder and grayer?

We used to.

Then, almost 30 years ago, we decided to take a big step and do our first bareboat charter in the Caribbean to escape the snow and experience a mid-winter sailing adventure in Paradise. (We were novice sailors then.) My husband, Paul, and I shared a boat with friends on that trip, which made it pretty affordable, and we discovered that winter sailing in the Caribbean didn't have to be merely a dream after all. We got hooked.

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This brief history of the early days of the LaHave River Yacht Club (LRYC) gives an idea of the DIY enthusiasm of the club’s founders and the unpretentious love of boating motivated them.

The LaHave River Yacht Club is located on the West side of the LaHave River, 12 kilometers south of the town of Bridgewater. Founded with 50 members who held their early get-togethers at the old Drill Hall in Bridgewater, since many of them were also in the Reserves. The first slate of officers was: Commodore - Ed Goudey, Vice Commodore - Fred Surbeck, Rear Commodore - Captain Malcolm Wilkie, Treasurer - Macgregor Miller, Secretary - Victor Killam.

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Covey Island Boatworks

Covey Island Boatworks It could be said that Covey Island Boatworks put Canada on the map during the early days of wood/epoxy composite boatbuilding. Today the company has diversified into fiberglass commercial fishing vessels, selling inflatable boats and hybrid and electric propulsion systems from facilities in Lunenburg, Riverport and Liverpool. Things were pretty basic back in 1979 when the yard was established on Covey Island, one of the LaHave Islands in Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia, by John Steele and two partners.

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