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.

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 - Winterization

Winterising your boatBy Andrew McDonald

‘Winterization’ is a broad term used to prepare an engine for extended storage – specifically through the winter season (when temperatures drop below the freezing point).

There are two main purposes for proper winterization: First, to protect the engine from freezing damage; second, to prepare the engine to be re-started easily after a lay-up.

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