Nov 8, 2018

Oakcliffe Pumpkin RegattaOakcliff Sailing is located in Oyster Bay, NY, and led by Dawn Riley who has done four America’s Cup campaigns. It is an unparalleled training facility for sailors and the marine industry including fleet, match and offshore racing. Their fleet includes ten Swedish Match 40s, other offshore boats and a fleet of 49ers, 49erFXs, Nacra 20s and WASZPs.

In 2018 over 1000 international athletes stayed in their modern bunkhouse while competing and training there. This week the Canadian national sailing team is be down for a week of training. 

Oakcliff holds many Level 3 match races throughout the year by invitation only with the Halloween regatta being the final one where competitors dress up in costumes and umpire and the RC boats fly the Jolly Roger. At the event at the end of October, there were ten teams aboard the Match 40s, three of which were Canadian. After too many match racing regattas of being a bridesmaid in second place, Lance Fraser, originally from Bermuda, now sailing with his team out of the Royal Canadian Yacht Club, finally won the Pumpkin Regatta beating out arch rival Chris Poole, of Riptide Racing from NYC.

• Katie Nicoll

Katie Nicoll is a multi time J24 champion and certified Sailing Canada Gold level judge. She has participated internationally in the Rolex Cup.


Mackinaw IslandA favourite destination for many boaters and tourists alike is the lovely Mackinaw Island. Sitting in Lake Huron on the eastern end of the Straits of Mackinac in the state of Michigan, it covers almost ten kilometres, of which 80% is park land. It was a sacred place of the Anishinaabe and home of the Gitche Manitou (Great Spirit) some 700 years prior to the arrival of the first Europeans.

According to legend, the Island was created by the Great Hare, Michabou, and was the first land to appear after the recession of the Great Flood.

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Jeanneau NC 1095Andy Adams

The reinvention of the family cabin cruiser

We will probably look back on 2018 and 2019 as the years when power boats were reinvented by the combined forces of a booming U.S. economy and the wide-spread development and introduction of so many amazing new outboard engines. The result has been the development of many remarkable new designs!

One of the most inventive designers and builders is Jeanneau, and the NC 1095 is their new flagship outboard cruiser by Centkowski & Denert Design.

 

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Lagoon 46Lagoon has been building catamarans for too long to make a false move. That’s why when the management felt that their tried-and-true 450 model, long a cruising favourite and winner of transatlantic events such as the ARC, was getting near retirement age, they went back to a team that has designed many successful models for them: Nauta Design for interiors and VPLP design with Patrick le Quément for naval architecture and exteriors.

We spoke with Nauta Design’s Massimo Gino about his work with Lagoon.

“Along with the many custom superyacht projects we do, we have been collaborating with Lagoon since 2009.

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Ground Bus BarGrounding is always an interesting idea when on a boat. Can a boat be ‘grounded’ when it’s in the water?


Electrical ground is a term used to describe the reference point in an electrical circuit from which voltage is measured, a common return path for electric current, or a direct physical connection to the earth.

Connection to ground is also important in order to trigger protective mechanisms in the event of failure of internal insulation, and also limits the build-up of static electricity.

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