Apr 11, 2019

Beach Cleaning EnitiativeAt the end of last month, Canadian sailors gathered on the Palma Beach in Palma de Mallorca, Spain where they were competing in an important European regatta, to complete an hour-long beach clean-up.

The Canadian Sailors Clean Water Initiative, developed by Hugh Macrae, Canadian Team Laser sailor from Kingston, ON, has been designed to protect the waters we sail on, by reducing the amount of plastic waste within them.

Hugh MacraeSail Canada’s National Performance Coach, Ken Dool notes “The environment and specifically the water is every sailor's responsibility to protect. The beach cleanup effort in Palma by a contingent of Canadian sailors is doing our part to help preserve the environment.”

These sailors are taking matters into their own hands to start making a difference, and inspiring people across the world to do the same. Hugh comments, “It’s really important that we all have a biosphere conscience. It comes down to being able to enjoy oceans and lakes and ensuring they are maintained. Cleaning up materials that don’t biodegrade is a small task that has an immediate effect while also spreading awareness of maintaining our oceans and lakes.”

Hugh Macrae of Kingston

The beach clean-up in Palma is only the start, as this initiative will gather Canadian sailors for an hour as they travel to various locations to train and compete, making a positive environmental change one day at a time. “On the international sailing circuit, we train and compete in some of the most outstanding locations in the world.” Ken comments, “chipping in and collecting waste from the beaches and the water helps keep these venues vibrant, in the ongoing battle to reduce plastic waste in our waterways.”

Sailboat Under Cloudy Skies

By Joan Wenner, J.D.

Sailboat under cloudy sky by Bill Cox-Unsplash

Have you ever needed on-the-water assistance due to a mechanical breakdown, running aground, taking on water (perhaps from striking a submerged or floating object), having a mishap with another vessel, or have a medical emergency and the authorities are not near, but another mariner answers your mayday or perhaps observes your predicament. Another boater is in the vicinity, but will, or should, that person offer to help perhaps at his peril? What if you were that pleasure craft operator?

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Monte Carlo 52The launch of the new Monte Carlo 52 will be one of the highlights of the Cannes Yachting Festival 2019. This 50-foot high-end motor yacht is eagerly awaited and will introduce the Monte Carlo “Smart Luxury” generation. The stylish flybridge powerboat has inherited all the superb signature features of a successful range: modern design, elegant lines, distinctive character, incredibly well-used spaces and a careful focus on details, not to mention the iconic large porthole, distinguishing the 15 m (50’) to 18 m (60’) class of yachts made in Vendée. The Monte Carlo 52 has greatly improved all these features.

 

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John ArmstrongOur Canadian Yachting test team, John Armstong and Andy Adams, were at a Jeanneau media event called “Throttle Down” in St. Petersburg, Florida. The media event was held to highlight the Jeanneau Power Boat Line with the emphasis on their outboard models. 

The media event was scheduled to follow their Jeanneau dealer meetings, held earlier at Thunder Marine International in St. Petersburg. The Thunder Marine location is on the water and has a cooperative agreement with Jeanneau to host the full line of Jeanneau power boats in the water for dealer demonstration to their clients.

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ChicagoBy Mark Stevens

Photos by Sharon Matthews-Stevens


From my perspective on the observation deck of 360 Chicago in the John Hancock Building, I have an eagle’s-eye view of this Lake Michigan metropolis.

The city stretched out before us is a forest of concrete. Toward the lake – right below us – there’s a beach volleyball game in progress. White triangles crisscross Caribbean-blue waters in the distance. Sunday morning must be race day – just like home.

 

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