POTW 1This beauty came our way from Reel Deal Yachts in Bahia Mar, Florida. Why not charter for the summer? 

Commander 44 AlexanderDon’t miss this brilliant photo double header

Splashdown It Never Gets OldIn honour of Launch Day, our POTW this time comes from Wendy Loat in Port Credit. This shot, taken last week, celebrates the more that five decades of the hitting the water in the spring ritual for her 60s plywood Thunderbird, Looney Tunes.

POTWOn the Easter Weekend, the Sidney North Saanich Yacht Club from Vancouver Island, had its first cruise of the season to Port Browning Marina on North Pender Island. I snapped this photo on Easter Monday as I was heading up the dock to help set up for the final breakfast. 

POTWOur Photo of the Week is actually a Video of the Week that came our way from Rick Shaddock of Squamish Yacht Club. What a venue.

POTW Blind ChannelWe were all set with this week’s POTW when a real stunner came in as part of a story on the Blind Channel resort in BC. 

Bonaventure Island Bird SanctuaryStephen and Fran Hill are our most prolific POTW contributors. So far we have received at least three dozen beauties.

POTW WolfI took this photo in July 2017 from our boat Ginger which was anchored and stern tied in Mouat Bay near Shearwater. This wolf was very curious about our stern line and actually gave it a couple of hard tugs!

Dusk On The OceanPhoto of the Week is our opportunity to get creative with cameras, phones or even a GoPro!

POTW January 25Great icicles! This is not what one expects from the tropical climes of BC. It’s a nice winter Photo of the Week, though.


The Marina at Blind ChannelOne of my favourite places

By Marianne Scott

Sailing north of Desolation Sound, the Discovery Islands and the Broughton Archipelago offer cruisers a bevy islands with ample anchorages. Tides cause swift currents to run through the islands’ waterways. Few marinas are found in this large, sparsely populated region but one that provides all the services boaters need and especially enjoy is Blind Channel, a marina and resort operated by the Richter family located on Mayne Passage on the east side of West Thurlow Island (50 24. 82N, 125 30. 00).

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Swift Trawler 47By Andy Adams

You might look at the pictures of the new Beneteau Swift Trawler 47 and think that this is not a “performance boat”, but I think it certainly is, and here is why; it can top out at 30 mph to get you from A to B quickly or to beat the weather in, so it’s pretty fast, but it can also loaf along doing 1,250 rpm making 9.3 mph and at that pace, it travels 2.4 miles on a gallon of fuel. That’s great performance in my books!

With a light displacement of almost 28,000 lbs, this is a big boat. In fact, it looks and feels more like a small ship than a big boat.

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Beneteau Oceanis 46.1By Andy Adams and John Armstrong

Beneteau Oceanis 46.1When Beneteau introduced their new Oceanis 46.1, they were inspired by the fact that their previous Oceanis 45 was one of Beneteau’s best sellers and the new 46.1 had to be a clearly superior boat. The Oceanis range is about space and comfort for cruising while still delivering strong performance.

The yachting world has now recognized the Oceanis 46.1 as being just such a worthy successor. On January 19th, 2019, the Oceanis 46.1 won the highly regarded title of European Yacht of the Year in the “Family Cruiser” category.

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Sea to Sky SailingSea to Sky Sailing has just been approved as the only Royal Yachting Association (RYA) recognized training centre on the west coast of North America just in time to deliver an epic 2019 season!

“This transition from our previous International Yacht Training (IYT) certification to RYA is a huge benefit to our students as it provides them certification that is known globally as the gold standard for yacht training.  The RYA requires training centres to undergo annual inspections of their vessels, business practices and training delivery in order to maintain a strong standard and guarantee a high quality experience for students. 

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