July 25, 2017

Martins FireballMartin’s boat, #1205, on a shake-down cruise on the Salish Sea.

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

“In 1962 English designer Peter Milne drew up the plans for the Fireball Dinghy and the prototype was featured in Yachts and Yachting Magazine. My Father, Alf Herbert, saw the pictures of it planning along at speed and ordered plans, building the first two Fireballs to sail in Canada. In 1965 My brother, Graham Herbert won the first Canadian National Championships with me as crew. The next year my Father, Brother and I built two more boats out of better materials and in 1967 I won the Nationals with my brother as crew. Fifty years later I learned that the Nationals were being held in Cowichan Bay, a mere 20-mile sail from my home club on Saltspring Island. I decided to dig the boat out of storage, refinish her and sail her to the regatta. The best sailor in our club, Greg Slakov, immediately signed up as crew and we have been putting ourselves and the boat through the paces for four weeks. Since moving to Saltspring ten years ago I have been sailing the venerable Flying Fifteen Keelboat so it was a learning curve to step back into a dinghy. I had forgotten how exciting the Fireball is to sail. The regatta starts on July 23rd and our sail to the event is on the 22nd.”

Fireball InfallableThe Fireball Dingy Canadian Championship has three days of racing on the West Coast in Cowichan Bay. The regatta will be based at the Cowichan Tribes’ Boathouse area at the east end of Cowichan Bay village, at the end of Botwood lane. Sailing will take place in Cowichan Bay and the entrances thereof.

Race coordinator Rob Thompson is still building boats, most recently of Kevlar, foam core, and epoxy. His newest boat is 15098, “Infallible”


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Cowichan Bay to Genoa Bay – Almost the Gulf Islands

Cowichan Bay to Genoa Bay – Almost the Gulf Islands

 By Catherine Dook

“So you’re going offshore to Genoa Bay,” said an old salt at coffee that morning. Genoa Bay was 15 minutes away from our homeport of Cowichan Bay and hardly counted as offshore, but it was our first destination that fall. The fog had socked us in all that morning, so John and I drank coffee and gossiped with the neighbours while waiting for the weather to lift. We’d provisioned with cans of chilli, a sack of apples, and tanks full of water. We’d tested the engine and the anchor winch. We were ready.

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 By: Katherine Stone

Do you know how many boaters you run into while standing in the lift lines of Blue Mountain and the surrounding private ski clubs? Quite a few! Start some conversations on the ski lifts and you might be surprised how many avid boaters you can meet.

Many who boat say that winter sports are just there to pass the time until the ice clears and you can get your boat launched and start boating again. As a ski instructor, you tend to meet even more interesting boaters… Read more about the Reef Boat Club ....

 

 

 

A Trip To Iconic Italian Yachtbuilder Riva And Lake Como

Riva And Lake ComoStory And Photos By Iain Macmillan

Eyes turn and conversations on shore pause as one boat in particular approaches the Grand Hotel Serbelloni’s jetty that extends out into the sparkling blue waters of Lake Como off Bellagio, northern Italy. It’s not because the Clooneys, George Lucas or Richard Branson are on board, not this time anyway, the attention is on the boat itself. The world’s most valuable, most magnificent mahogany launch, a classic 1960s Riva Aquarama, is paired appropriately with Como’s most prestigious hotel, its Michelin star dining room and suites that have housed royalty; a perfect mix of pleasure, luxury and a distinguished history.

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By Owen Hurst

Since the initial article of this series we have looked at the iPad and its use as a marine navigation instrument. We have discussed its functionality, available apps, relevant hardware and compared it to traditional charplotters. This focus on iPad led one of our readers to an interesting question that we have yet to address.

Question: Why has the focus been solely on the use of iPads for marine navigation rather than Android devices?

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