LaserILCA is seeking new builders to complement its existing network of manufacturers, the International Laser Class Association (ILCA) announced today.

Viking FleetI have heard a lot of talk lately about trends in yacht clubs where senior membership is getting older, less active, and quickly disappearing – a trend that can’t be reversed. As well, I hear a theory that young people are not buying boats.

Laser 4.7 - Under Sailgrew up in Lasers and to declare myself early on I love the boat. In fact I can recall only a few years when I haven't owned one...

 

 

 

Laser 2 - Under SailIt's the boat everyone seems to want. A two-person Laser with spinnaker and trapeze. "Best seller" is written all over it.

 

 

 

Kirby 30“it’s a boat whose aggressive looks will intimidate 75 per cent of the market,” says builder Dick Steffan, head of Mi-rage Yachts of Pointe Claire, Quebec.

 

 

 

Fusion 15 - a fun fast racing machine.I have been watching the Fusion 15 one-design dinghy evolve for several years now, as it progressed from preliminary drawings...

 

 

 

FolkboatIt is that boat that most of us know from pictures, we’ve read about it but we haven’t sailed it, at least we hadn’t. During the sixties there was a real...

 

 

 

EtchellsWhen Phil Sustronk, the President of "Second Skin" in Toronto, wanted to get himself a family day sailor he was torn between...

 

 

 

AlbacoreDinghy sailing is a passion for many and enjoying keen racing in Albacores is part of that passion. An Albacore is a 15 ft. vision of the boat's designer...

 

 

 

sail_boat_review-archambault_31-smallWhat a treat to have the owner of the new Archambault 31, Ann Acland, on board with us when we took Anticipation out for a sail in Mahone Bay the day before Chester Race Week started. We were also joined by the North American representative for Archambault and Aigle, Philippe Paturel, and Canadian sailor, Jeff Brock. The boat scooted along in the light breeze without effort and the tiller, mounted with a handle extension, was very responsive to the wind because of the 6'3" spade rudder. The UK sails made out of the San Francisco loft were made of carbon fibre, done with a new heat-sealed process without using glue.

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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Port Severn's Lock 45Blake Marchand


As the final link between Lake Ontario and Georgian Bay, Port Severn’s Lock 45 is the gateway to the beautiful Trent-Severn Waterway. The first and smallest lock to be constructed on the Severn portion, Lock 45 is entrenched in Canadian History and is worth the trip in itself. However, it is the waterway and its idyllic surroundings that will keep you coming back.

The canal connects Lake Ontario and Lake Huron with an eastern terminus in Trenton and a western terminus in Port Severn. Its amazing natural waterways include the Trent River, Otonabee River, The Kawartha Lakes, Lake Simcoe, Lake Couchiching and Severn River.

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