May 10, 2018

OYS LogoThe Oakville Yacht Squadron welcomes all PHRF boats, and one-design keelboats for competitive and fun on-the-water racing and a great on-shore party. Each year we have consistently excellent racing with substantial one-design turnouts – OYS is home to healthy J27 and Etchells fleets – multiple PHRF spinnaker and whitesails divisions and professional quality race management. This year OYS will be hosting the J27 North Americans and Etchells Lake Ontario Championship in addition to our growing PHRF Fleet, open to all racers. The OYS Regatta also features a Cruising division, called the Lighthouse Challenge. The Lighthouse Challenge features some fun point to point cruising and on the water activities. Racing activities are followed by post race live music, food and events hosted in our Clubhouse on Sixteen Mile Creek in the heart of downtown Oakville.


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August 10 - 12, 2018
J/27 North American Championship Etchells Lake Ontario Championship PHRF Course Racing
PHRF Distance Dash Cruiser Lighthouse Challenge
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Lighthouse Patrick Allain The first lighthouse, rising 42 feet above the water, was built in 1836 at a cost of $852


Scott Lyons
Racing Director














An Abacos Adventure

Great Guana CayBy Mark Stevens; Photos by Sharon Matthew-Stevens

It’s a perfect Sunday morning jaunt.

We’re gliding through green-blue waters, colours so vivid and bright they hurt your eyes. We’re set for a close reach out of a harbour guarded by a necklace of tiny emerald islands decorated by palms that dance in fifteen knots of wind.

Our boat, “Tropical Escape II” (perfect name for both the boat and our adventure), is a 44-foot Robertson and Caine catamaran, chartered from Sunsail’s Marsh Harbour base on Bahamas’ Great Abaco Island.

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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 – How to hire a boat repair contractor

hiring a contractorBy Andrew McDonald

A recent conversation with a fellow contractor got me thinking: With all of the information out there, including: Websites showing repairs, YouTube tutorials, Instagram pages and snapchat streams – let alone books, magazines, service manuals, and years of practical experience – how does a boat owner know which method(s) are ‘right’, who to trust, and who to hire to do the job? In short: How do you find and select a contractor?

Unfortunately, most people are forced to hire a contractor due to a circumstance where something has broken or failed, or the task...

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