raceweek-key_west_08-largeEvery year for one glorious week in January, sailors from all over the world gather in the laid back town of Florida's Key West. This year the event was host to 260 boats from 18 different countries. There were 16 fleets in total, eight of which were one design fleets with the likes of Farr 40's, Mumm 30's and the largest fleet in the regatta Melges 24's competing. The other classes were the Melges 32, J/105, J/80, Swan 42, and the Corsair 28R. There was also a large number of handicapped racing, as well PHRF fleets 1 through 6 and the IRC 1 and 2 had some fierce competition.

Day one of the regatta was as breezy as it gets, blowing 25-35 knots from the northeast. Racing was postponed until noon when the race committee decided to send us out for a look after a controversial postponement at last year's event. Racing was eventually cancelled for the day. The day was described by many on the dock as 'survival conditions'.

Day two of the event was also windy, with 18-22 knots of air. There were a total of three races sailed in great conditions. Grey skies, high winds and anxious sailors made for a great first day of competition.

The third day was another uncharacteristic day for Key West Race Week – no wind at all. The fleets were sent out in the morning because of a promising forecast however, sadly, the breeze never filled in as predicted. Racing was abandoned in the afternoon.

With the race committee desperately wanting to get more races in, they, as well as the participants, were disappointed to wake up on day 4 to find no wind. Racing was postponed all morning; at noon, the fleets were sent out and the breeze filled into 20 knots that lead to some really great racing. The announcement of the rum pour being delayed over the radios brought a sigh of relief to many of the sailors. It was another two-race day for most fleets; this meant that most boats didn't get off the water until 1800 hours – a very long day of competing. Once again, the race committee wanted to get more racing in for all the fleets, so an amendment in the sailing instructions on Thursday night meant first gun was now at 0930 as opposed to the regular 1030. One less hour of sleep (or partying).

A late finish combined with an early start made day 5 a little bit tougher. However, clear skies and 20 knots allowed for great racing on the final day of competition. It was the day that will make every competitor want to return for this extraordinary event. The early start meant the racing ended earlier – good news to many of the road warriors in the smaller boat fleets.

This year's edition of Key West Race Week was, as per its reputation, an extremely well run event. Some uncharacteristic weather made it frustrating for both the competitors and the race committee alike. A full schedule of racing, as well as a number of organized social events (most of which taking place in "the tent") make KWRW fun for both the extremely competitive as well as those who enjoy the party. If you can make the trip down for Key West Race Week, it will never disappoint!

After we published a picture of a cute doggie in a life jacket we got some great dog-onboard photos and published a couple in our last issue.
A one-day Level 1 Assistant Race Officer Course ...
Quite possibly the single greatest day of ...
After ten weeks in George Town, aka Adult Summer ...
The Boating Ontario association in Partnership ...
On February 2nd, Toronto’s Parks and ...

Destinations

  • Prev
The Schooner Cove Yacht Club is situated between Nanaimo and Parksville, on the east coast of ...
After months of planning my trip to Prince Edward Island in my CL16 open sailing dinghy Celtic ...
Bridgetown, Barbados:With just four days to go before the start of the 2017 Mount Gay Round ...
The first time we sailed to Madeira we wondered if the island had vanished. Or at least that's how ...
A year ago, it’s quite possible that if someone gave me an outline of Canada and asked me to ...
You've all heard of the “Backpacker's Guide to Europe” and the “Hitchhiker's ...
We were cruising for two weeks in Gwaii Haanas. Spread out among three boats, (a Campion, a ...
When we (an Ontario couple) both raised sailing on the Great Lakes and Lake Simcoe,  decided to ...
I was ruined...completely and utterly ruined. At the young age of 22, my very first trip to the ...

Cape Breton – My Personal Playground

Cape Breton - St Peters MarinaBy Elizabeth Ann Kerr

A year ago, it’s quite possible that if someone gave me an outline of Canada and asked me to point to Cape Breton Island, I would have failed, at least on my first attempt. Now, its shape, topography and waypoint remain indelibly emblazoned on my heart.

It is also quite possible that Celtic Colours – an annual gathering of more than 200 local and internationally renowned musicians, performing 49 concerts in 32communities– helped to kick start Cape Breton’s tourism industry 20 years ago.

Read more of Cape Breton.....

 

 

Lifestyle

  • Prev
After we published a picture of a cute doggie in a life jacket we got some great dog-onboard photos ...
After ten weeks in George Town, aka Adult Summer Camp, we have left the harbour and started north. ...
Last time we published a picture of a cute doggie in a life jacket (my pup btw) and we received a ...
This picture is of the vessel Puffins II a 1947 30' Taylor Craft. This vessel has been the pride of ...
This shot came to us via Cat Ward of Toronto, although it was her friend Laurie who took it from ...
“This is in Shoal Channel off the town of Gibsons BC. We are awaiting the start of a second ...
When the three day weather window we needed to cross to the Bahamas opened up, we were ready to ...
Hello Photo of the Week enthusiasts and welcome to a superb album to kick off 2017.
You can’t possibly pack in more national history associated with a yacht club than what you ...
Adamant 1 has had a busy month. We only stayed in Mobile long enough to get the mast put up and get ...

Armdale Yacht ClubBy Katherine Stone

You can’t possibly pack in more national history associated with a yacht club than what you can find on Deadman’s Island in Nova Scotia. This is what Halloween legends were made of, as it was not uncommon once upon a time, to have an arm appear out of the ground in winter with the remainder of the poor skeleton not being reunited with its appendage until the spring thaw.

Many years after the Micmacs discovered Melville Island, the spot they called “end of the water,” the site was used for storehouses and then was purchased by the British, where a prisoner-of-war camp was built to house captives in the Napoleonic Wars and then later during the War of 1812.

Read more about Armdale Yacht Club...

 

Boat Reviews

  • Prev
The Rossiter 23 Classic Day Boatis both a logical extension of the Canadian-built Rossiter line and ...
It's rare for Canadian Yachting magazine to report on the same boat twice, but that is how ...
When French naval architect Philippe Briandand the Jeanneau design team started working on the ...
Canadian Yachting magazine readers will certainly be familiar with the Cruisers Yachts line of ...
You can count yourself lucky to be able to go for a sail on Lake Ontario in mid-October when the ...
We met the new Cruisers Yachts 54 Cantius under almost ideal circumstances, on the beautiful Trent ...
The Chris-Craft Scorpion 210F is a sport boat with a unique combination of a midship motor and an ...
There must be a healthy market for the perfect 30-foot cruiser/racer – the boat that combines ...
At the last Miami International Boat Show, we had the pleasure of interviewing Delphine Andre, ...
In today's world marketplace choices abound. In some way, every manufacturer tries to make their ...

Vanquish 24 RunaboutBy Andy Adams

Big, elegant, and capable

Families with young people who are seriously into waterskiing or wake boarding face a difficult choice: Buy a dedicated tow sports boat and make the kids happy or buy a more traditional family boat and make everyone comfortable.

In our opinion, the Vanquish 24 Runabout offers up a big, elegant, and capable solution that could make everybody happy. This is not a cheap solution, but it's an impressive one. Last August, we traveled to Gravenhurst, Ontario, and got our first look at the Vanquish 24 Runabout, tied up at Muskoka Wharf Marine. One glance told us this was a special boat.

Read More of the Vanquish 24 Review.....

DIY & How to

  • Prev
Before leaving on an extended cruise, it is critical to inspect and maintain all systems on your ...
In this second of three parts, we will explore preparing for a longer cruise from the people side. ...
Informed estimates are that barely 10% of Canadian pleasure craft have underwater lighting but in ...
Comfort and convenience are important factors both to keep boaters enjoying boating as well as to ...
Sunshine flooded the waters separating California’s Catalina Island from Channel Islands Harbor, ...
Winterizing your boat in the fall is important and may be a daunting task for some boat owners.  ...

Marine Products

  • Prev
If your flares have a manufacture date of 2013 or earlier they have or will expire this year. You ...
On February 2nd, Toronto’s Parks and Environment Committee received a report that was ...
I reviewed the C-Tow app recently at the Toronto boat show and I was hooked. It was downloaded that ...
Ally and Roy Way live on their sailboat in Vancouver. They had purchased a couple of electric bikes ...
Cranchi, a prestigious Italian leading name in pleasure crafts has officially designated Poliseno ...
Discover Boating Canada recently launched a new Boating Safety App. We are pleased to let our ...
Whether it’s dock lines on either a power or sailboat or running rigging, wearing grooves in ...
There is growing interest all over the country in offshore distance racing and naturally having the ...
Now this sounds like a bright idea! Halifax-basedCanada Rope and Twine Ltd has announced the launch ...
My copy of Northwest Boat Travel Guide just arrived. This time of the year is the perfect time for ...

Seamasters Inflatables

Always a major exhibitor at the Halifax International Boat Show, Seamaster’s sales manager Dave Trott tells us they will have several news products on display including the new Stingray 206cc and the 186cc.

Seamaster Services of Dartmouth is a diversified company with roots in the marine safety business. Over the years they have expanded from liferafts to inflatable boats, as a Zodiac dealers, and now sell and service an extensive line of fibreglass and inflatable boats including Grady-White and Stingray.

Read more about Seamasters....