June 13, 2019

jfestAll Photos credited to: TILLERTAKES INC www.tillertakes.com

In 2016 Roger Van Vlack and Colin Andrews of Ashbridges Bay Yacht Club had the idea of creating a JFEST Great Lakes Regatta back in 2016 that would be hosted by different Clubs each year.

They approached Doug Bullock, the J105 Fleet Captain at the time, to see if the Fleet would support it. The timing was perfect to add it to the J105 schedule for third week of July starting in 2017 and that was the beginning.

jfestThe first year was hosted by ABYC and there were 42 boats, from the J105, J27, J80 and other PHRF rated JBoats. The second year in 2018 it was hosted by NYC and had 45 boats and this year it is being hosted by the RCYC and the fleet is expected to be 50 boats. EYC is lined up to host the regatta in 2020.

First Place 2017Just to show you we treat the social off the water as an important part of a successful regatta.

The goal, as always, is a well-rounded regatta – with a good social “off the water” BBQ complete with a live band and games.

JfestThe J105 Fleet contributed two trophies to the event. One, the JFEST Cup, for the overall winner and a JFEST Award for the volunteer of the regatta.

The Regatta will be held July 20-21 at Royal Canadian Yacht Club. Complete details at https://yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=7296.
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Shrink Wrap2020 is a year of change – self-isolation, social distancing, quarantine, and working remotely have become the norm. For many, this has been a bitter pill to swallow. Another bitter pill for boaters is the delay of the season. Provincial laws differ – so terms like ‘essential’ aren’t translating widely across the marine world.

In BC, marinas remain open and fuel is available, sometimes with conditions. In Ontario, marinas, boat launches, yacht clubs and the professionals that service the marine industry aren’t considered essential, unless the service and location allows a person to access their permanent residence only accessible by boat.

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CY Virtual Video Boat Tours

Virtual Boat ToursWe all love boats and nothing can break us up! So, what better way to spend our time than looking at interesting boats and going aboard in a virtual ride or tour. We have asked our friends at various dealers and manufacturers to help us assemble a one-stop online resource to experience some of the most interesting boats on the market today. Where the CY Team has done a review, we connect you to that expert viewpoint. Our Virtual Show will continue to grow so visit frequently and check it out. If you can’t go boating, you can almost experience the thrill via your screen. Not quite the same, but we hope you enjoy our fine tour collection.

 

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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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