Apr 12, 2018

Touch To Play All photos credit: John Morris 

As you have read Hurricane Irma blew the British Virgin Islands to pieces. But the Spring Regatta was pulled together despite the obstacles that confronted it. Racers came from everywhere, including Rob Butler’s Canadian entry Touch2Play Racing.

Rob is from Collingwood ON and the crew are from all over Ontario including Sarnia, Wheatley, Windsor and Niagara Falls as well as neighbouring Wilson and Youngstown, NY. The cartoon beaver on the mainsail and on the stand-out pink crew shirts lets everyone know the boat is definitely from Canada.

Great Sail

Rob Butler’s mainsail beaver and pink outfits were a hit at BVISR

The memorable prizes for the regatta were re-purposed from garbage created by the hurricane. Third place winners got trophies made of scrap rope, second place, including Touch2Play in the CSA class, received ice buckets made of broken mast segments and the winners’ awards were flower pots decorated with window glass rubble.

3rd Place Trophy

 

 

 

 

 

This 3rd place and all the prizes were made from scrap! Instead, the money went to rebuild junior sailing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This video https://youtu.be/c4sQUxcJeEU tells the story of how the BVI was devastated and how the organizers beat the odds to make it a success.
-JM

Mediterranean Shakedown: A Summer Cruise in Spain

Mediterranean ShakedownBy Sheryl and Paul Shard

This summer my husband, Paul, and I bought our fourth offshore cruising boat, a new Southerly 480 built by Discovery Yachts in the UK. It’s a unique boat with a retractable variable-draft swing keel giving you the option of sailing with a deep draft of 3.1 metres when the keel is down or just less than a metre with the keel fully retracted. Southerly Yachts are great for bluewater sailing and also for gunkholing in shallow creeks and inland waterways. You can even dry them out at low tide so they are is the perfect boat for the type of exploring we like to do. Our new boat, Distant Shores III, is the third Southerly Yacht that we’ve owned over 29 years of international cruising to destinations in the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Middle East, UK, Scandinavia and South America. This boat we plan to sail to the South Pacific.

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Beneteau Antares 27

Beneteau Antares 27By Andy Adams and John Armstrong

You have to love it when something exceeds your expectations on so many levels; the new Antares 27 from Beneteau looks to me like that sort of all-around overachiever.

This is a brand new express cruiser design. With twin Mercury 200 V6 outboards, it delivers impressive performance, a reassuring and comfortable ride, and a level of versatility that will enable this boat to be your vacation partner for all sorts of adventures.

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Hanse 388

Hanse 388By Katherine Stone

The Hanse group produced their second most popular boat of all time with the Hanse 385. The trick was to build on that winning formula when they upgraded to the Hanse 388, which they have done in spades. The German build quality is first rate and true to the Hanse tradition. Leaving the hull the same with a steep stern and straight stem for an optimal long water line, they went with a slightly stiffer, heavier displacement, new deck, interior layout and window line. Hanse’s highly experienced yacht construction team, judel/vrolijk & co., have combined ease of sailing, comfort and performance into the newly designed Hanse 388.

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Ask Andrew: Electrical Installations – Part 1: Electrical Connections - basics and how-to’s

Electrical InstallationsBy Andrew McDonald

Winter is a great time to look at some of the hidden spaces on your boat – to take stock of what is aboard, areas of improvement and ways to upgrade.

One of the most common jobs that I’m asked to look at are electrical installations and upgrades. Surprisingly, the majority of these types of jobs are to ‘clean up’ the wiring of years past – when electrical standards were more fluid, and jury-rigged upgrades have been added and adapted over multiple owners and contractors.

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