Feb 28, 2019

Burlington BridgeBy Joanna Suan

While there’s a lot of talk about building walls these days – here in Canada, we’re all about building bridges. In western Lake Ontario, the Burlington Bay James N. Allan Skyway is a commuter’s lifeline, an indomitable navigational landmark for sailors, and the gateway to Canada’s largest port in the Great Lakes system. The Burlington Bridge, as it is more commonly known, is also the portal for this year’s must-race Canada Day weekend regattas. Whether your fancy is to explore the winds across Lake Ontario or to test yourself in the swirls of Hamilton Harbour – there is something for every boating enthusiast over the nation’s birthday weekend.

Fiasco RegattaThe second annual FPSC FIASCO Regatta will be held on Sunday, June 30th and is a joint partnership between Fifty Point Sailing Club (FPSC) and Burlington Sailing and Boating Club (BS&BC). Based on the famous Three Bridge Fiasco Race in San Francisco Bay, 2019’s FPSC FIASCO Regatta will be starting on the lakeside of the Burlington Bridge. The three Lake Ontario marks that we’ll send you around in this long distance race will be, of course, a secret until the skippers meeting! How you choose to go around those marks, in what order, into what hole, behind what freighter will be sure to spark an evening full of conversation at the post race party at BS&BC.

Fiasco RegattaFor those interested in extending the weekend into a week of long distance racing, FIASCO is also the first race of the annual GHYRA Regatta Week. From June 30th to July 5th, racers and cruisers can experience the winds and hospitality of the various ports in the Golden Horseshoe region. If discovering what is on the other side of the Burlington Bridge is more your flavour – on Saturday, June 29th, BS&BC is hosting the inaugural Beyond the Bridge Regatta in Burlington Bay. There will be on-water activities for keelboat racers, dinghies, and cruisers. There’s something for everyone on the 2019 Canada Day Long weekend – on both sides of the bridge.

CompassBy Katherine Stone

Not a hard re-installation - just line up the holes and replace the screws.

I remember vividly my first experience using a chart plotter and navigation system. Deciding that we should try the cruising lifestyle, we purchased an older boat and set out from Hindson’s Marina in Penetanguishene at dawn to sail across Nottawasaga Bay to Thornbury, Ontario for the Canada Day long weekend. It was a beautiful start to the day when we left and motored out of Penetanguishene Bay and rounded the corner, heading toward Christian Island, right into pitch black clouds. 

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J99By Katherine Stone

All set to pull out the Code 0 before dousing the jib.

It was a very cold and wet beginning to the summer and we never thought it would arrive in Southern Ontario. Doing a 100 miler race on Lake Ontario (billed as the COOLEST race on the lake) with my 8 layers of thermal clothing, woolen ski toque and ski mittens, along with a neck warmer kept me on the edge all night, just out of frostbite reach. I shouldn’t have complained, as we also had wind!

July and August arrived, and it has certainly warmed up, in fact, its too warm, AND we don’t have wind. We are now counting 5 Wednesday nights in a row without wind to race. 

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Wellcraft 242 FishermanBy Andy Adams

Boat buyers are gravitating to the latest centre console boats for a wide range of reasons but for the Wellcraft 242 Fisherman, you can sum it up by saying it’s about features, style and value.

This great-looking boat is just as capable on a family picnic cruise as it is doing serious blue water fishing. A wide range of options let the buyer tailor the boat for their specific interests, but it’s all there to choose from. Our test boat was well-equipped for that comfortable cruise with easy access via the swim platform and through the transom gate into the cockpit.

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KingstonBy Amy Hogue

Cruise into the city of Kingston, Ontario, and it will quickly become clear that this city and surrounding waterways have something special. Built around the northern shore of Lake Ontario, Kingston is the place to go if you love to explore new waterways, fantastic views, and exceptional boating opportunities.

Sitting at the intersection of three world-class Canadian bodies of water, Lake Ontario, the St. Lawrence River, and the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Rideau Canal (Cataraqui River from Kingston to Newboro), the water’s influence is deeply woven into Kingston’s culture and history. 

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