July 26, 2018

Optimists Everywhere Optimists everywhere!

During the week, more than 430 youngsters in over 220 boats descended upon Port Credit YC July 19 and 20 for the annual Steerers Regatta. For more than 40 years, this regatta has been the forum for sailing schools to bring their various dinghies to PCYC for two fun-filled days of competition.

PRO Paul Brennan, PC Chairman Katie Nicoll and regatta chairman Alison Jones put together a fantastic team of close to 100 volunteers to accommodate these young people and introduce many of them to racing as well as sailing at a different venue for the first time. In total, 27 sailing schools participated from across the GTA and down the lake, to Lake Erie, and many small lakes across the province and teams from the United States.

Rush Hour laser and 420 launch area is like the 401 at rush hour

In total the race management team banged off 50 races on four courses to accommodate 29ers, 420 spinnakers, Radials, Optimists, RS Fevas and RS Visions. A much smaller course accommodated the Optimist Green and 420 White Sail beginner sailors.

Conjestion on the Lake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

420 conjestion on Lake Ontario.jpg, photo credit LindiBarz

The winds and sunshine were perfect, ranging from 4-10 knots over the two days. Seas were moderate, but began to build by the end of the day on Friday as the wind moved to the east.

Use of the Trapeeze

 

 

 

use of the trapeze, photo credit LindiBarz

For regatta results click here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thornbury on Georgian BayJennifer Harker

To borrow a line from Monty Python, “and now, for something completely different”.

Normally, our boating adventures are spent weaving our way amongst the picturesque backdrop of the 30,000 Islands of eastern Georgian Bay aboard our Sea Ray Sundancer 268. This time we’ve traded power for sail as friends welcome us aboard their 38-foot Irwin for the Canada Day long weekend.

We’ve set our sights on a decidedly different destination for this journey, charting a course for Thornbury. This small town, located in the southern reaches of Nottawasaga Bay, is an oft-overlooked area of Georgian Bay - but it shouldn’t be. Although we’ve explored this shoreline on countless road trips, this will be our first visit from the waterside.

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Cruisers Yachts Cantius 46The Cantius 46 is the latest evolution of Cruisers Yachts’ Cantius line – now there are five models from 42 to 60 feet. The new Cantius 46 is a great example of “easy boating” the way Volvo Penta imagined it and how Cruisers Yachts has executed it. The idea is that you just come on board, unlock the glass doors, fire it up, cast off, and enjoy - alone, with a spouse, or with a huge group.

Since the first Cantius model was introduced, Cruisers Yachts has continued to refine the concept for ever-greater convenience, more clever and innovative features, and also greater performance.

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Sun Odyssey 410By, Zuzana Prochazka

The revolution continues – with a twist

The Jeanneau 410 is the eighth generation of the Sun Odyssey line, but even with that long history and umpteen years of tweaks and iterations, what the French builder has done in the latest revamp will make you say, “Wait, what?”

 Last year, Jeanneau turned the sailboat deck layout on its ear with the introduction of their Sun Odyssey 490 and 440, and the concept of the ‘walk-around deck’.

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Ask AndrewAndrew McDonald

Last time we looked at making proper electrical connections – the tools, supplies and methods needed to make connections between components and wiring.

When planning out electrical work, one of the more common questions that I address is on the set-up, installation and sizing of breakers and fuses.

Fuses and breakers are collectively called ‘overcurrent protection’ – and these come in many different shapes, styles and sizes. Their purpose is the same: to prevent a situation where a larger than intended electrical current is running through the circuit, which puts the circuit at risk of overheating, fire and damage to equipment. 

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