CYOB InboxReaders give us a bit of feedback on the 60th anniversary of the Shark 24

Olympic Games SailsYes, remaining up to date on the antics and position of World Sailing is an important topic for me and should be for all sailors and boaters in general. 

CY InboxI always have to laugh when I see something like this in print- putting the boats away for the season - because we sailors in BC are looking at the best times to sail in the coming fall and winter months.

Figure of EightCanadian Yachting OnBoard (Sept 13) wrote about a new product called "DeFoul". It is a product to remove bottom paint. I am interested in the product so I've done some basic research. 

CY InboxSince you’re in the area, you probably are aware with our programs. I’ve been racing at the Midland Bay Sailing Club for over 20 years and been race director for 8.

Kite SurfingThe Olympic Qualification Regatta is now being held in Aarhus Denmark with unlimited entries. That means that any sailor in the world can enter.

Marine SuppliesI sail out of Whitby Yacht Club, Lake Ontario. I do all my shopping and the club’s buying wherever possible at Port Whitby Marine Supplies.

Spinnaker In ColourIn Etobicoke Yacht Club night races the first Spinnaker set is usually at the first upwind mark on a starboard tack. 

GSC Racing"Melanie and Allan Macdonald are self-taught sailors who owned a 10’ single hull and 17’ Hobie Cat in Alberta.

CYOB InboxOn one hand, I remember speaking this winter to the man in charge of sailing at the resort we stayed at this winter in Antigua.

Mediterranean Shakedown: A Summer Cruise in Spain

Mediterranean ShakedownBy Sheryl and Paul Shard

This summer my husband, Paul, and I bought our fourth offshore cruising boat, a new Southerly 480 built by Discovery Yachts in the UK. It’s a unique boat with a retractable variable-draft swing keel giving you the option of sailing with a deep draft of 3.1 metres when the keel is down or just less than a metre with the keel fully retracted. Southerly Yachts are great for bluewater sailing and also for gunkholing in shallow creeks and inland waterways. You can even dry them out at low tide so they are is the perfect boat for the type of exploring we like to do. Our new boat, Distant Shores III, is the third Southerly Yacht that we’ve owned over 29 years of international cruising to destinations in the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Middle East, UK, Scandinavia and South America. This boat we plan to sail to the South Pacific.

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Beneteau Antares 27

Beneteau Antares 27By Andy Adams and John Armstrong

You have to love it when something exceeds your expectations on so many levels; the new Antares 27 from Beneteau looks to me like that sort of all-around overachiever.

This is a brand new express cruiser design. With twin Mercury 200 V6 outboards, it delivers impressive performance, a reassuring and comfortable ride, and a level of versatility that will enable this boat to be your vacation partner for all sorts of adventures.

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Hanse 388

Hanse 388By Katherine Stone

The Hanse group produced their second most popular boat of all time with the Hanse 385. The trick was to build on that winning formula when they upgraded to the Hanse 388, which they have done in spades. The German build quality is first rate and true to the Hanse tradition. Leaving the hull the same with a steep stern and straight stem for an optimal long water line, they went with a slightly stiffer, heavier displacement, new deck, interior layout and window line. Hanse’s highly experienced yacht construction team, judel/vrolijk & co., have combined ease of sailing, comfort and performance into the newly designed Hanse 388.

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Ask Andrew: Electrical Installations – Part 1: Electrical Connections - basics and how-to’s

Electrical InstallationsBy Andrew McDonald

Winter is a great time to look at some of the hidden spaces on your boat – to take stock of what is aboard, areas of improvement and ways to upgrade.

One of the most common jobs that I’m asked to look at are electrical installations and upgrades. Surprisingly, the majority of these types of jobs are to ‘clean up’ the wiring of years past – when electrical standards were more fluid, and jury-rigged upgrades have been added and adapted over multiple owners and contractors.

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