Aug 9, 2018

Chester Classic Chester Classics 2On August 10 - 12 Chester Classics and Gold River Marina will be hosting a regatta in support of Autism Nova Scotia.

While many of the beautiful classic boats from the area will be on hand, races are open to all keelboats; the theme “Come Sail with the Classics” highlights an opportunity for all sailors to get close to the classic yachts under sail and to increase participation.

Topher Wurts, whose family have been coming to the Chester area since the 1920s, sent us this outline of how things will unfold on the weekend.
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“We're encouraging folks to sail one, two, or all three races to encourage the most participation. All races are pursuit style as I’ve observed how popular this format is at Charleston Race Week and it has several benefits: Starting at a time is more amateur and family friendly than a chaotic fleet starting line. I’m hoping that this attracts more boats that are helmed or crewed by juniors, women, families, amateurs, etc. and might become an “entry point” into other racing

One design fleets can participate and get a One Design start at their specific time and within the event and can be easily scored and awarded separately to provide a pretty good one design experience while also getting to be in the mix with the classics and everyone else “coming home” to finish.”


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This looks like it will be a low key and fun event for a very worthy cause. Hopefully we’ll get some good action photos and video we can share in a later ONBOARD.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CYOB Destinations: We Visit the Hilton Beach Marina

Hilton BeachBy Amelia Morris

Ah Canadian simplicity at its finest; small town, big marina. Little Hilton Beach (population 200!), which I am lucky enough to call my cottage country, is located on the north-east coast of St. Joseph Island. The Hilton Beach Marina is one of the largest and most major ports of call in the Western North Channel. It also has a long and rich history dating back to the 1850’s.

I spoke with Marina Manager, Laura McRae and got the full scoop on what goes on in this inconspicuous but busy marina.

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Scarab 255 Open

Scarab 255 OpenBy Andy Adams and John Armstrong

You can imagine,at the GroupeBeneteau dealer meeting in Michigan last fall where all the Four Winns, Scarab, Wellcraft, and Glastrondealers had come to see the latest new models, the docks were lined up with gleaming brand-new boats to show the dealers and media – and they certainly put on a show! But for me, the Scarab 255 Open was an immediate stand out. This is a boat that breaks new ground and brings fresh thinking and interpretation of the boating experience to a wide range of buyers.

We had a quick look around but the test drives would have to wait until the next day.

Read more about the Scarab 255 Open....