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”


My Big Fat Greek Charter

My Big Fat Greek CharterBy Mark Stevens
Photos by: Sharon Matthews-Stevens

We did breakfast yesterday in the Greek port of Piraeus, just outside Athens:strong coffee, crisp bacon, fresh bread, and omelets spiked with Feta Cheese.

We did dinner last night, al fresco, in a village called Perdika on the island of Aegina.

Sometime over dinner it hit me;I knew I was on to something. Raising a glass of ouzo, I toasted my wife, Sharon, and our friends and crew, Ed and Kim North.

“Forget about weddings,” I said, referring to a hit movie penned by a Canadian of Greek ancestry named Nia Vardalos. “Welcome to my Big Fat Greek Charter.”

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Canadian Yachting Digital April 2018



Jeanneau NC 33

Jeanneau NC 33By John Armstrong and Andy Adams

Jeanneau’s newest NC model is the NC 33, and it’s an exciting and innovative inboard cruiser ideally suited to young families or couples.

Nick Harvey, President of Jeanneau America wanted to emphasize that their new NC 33 features a hull design by Michael Peters. Peters’ hand has been on many of the company’s recent designs and strong performance and excellent sea-keeping are to be expected.

At an overall length of 34.5” and equipped with twin engines, the NC 33 has been designed to fit in between Jeanneau’s NC 9(30’11” with a single engine) and the NC 11 at 36’6” and with twin engines.

Read more about the Jeanneau NC 33.....