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.”

Diesel Fuel MaintenanceSince the late 19th century, a debate has raged on the relative merits of diesel fuel over gasoline. In more recent decades, that argument has included boat manufacturers, and increasingly, individual boaters. As I pass through boat yards in the spring or fall, I’m sure to hear a comment or two (sometimes ruefully, other times with great joy) of the merit of a particular engine or fuel source.

Increasingly, diesel engines are praised for their long-life, ease of maintenance, compact design, reliability and safety, and rate of combustion. As well as cruisers and trawlers, many sailboat manufacturers in particular have chosen to install diesel engines. 

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Beneteau Flyer 32By Andy Adams

Summer sun boat! The handsome new Beneteau Flyer 32 is all about entertaining and the bow area is one of the main attractions. It's a wide shape forward with a huge anchor locker and opening centre section in the railing that invites you to beach the boat and go swimming. The bow is really one giant sun bed area with armrests that fold down and head rests too, for fall-asleep comfort. 

 

 

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Dufour 460By Katherine Stone

When one does an October yacht review on the Great Lakes you can never be sure of what kind of weather you will get…. and did we ever luck out! A beautiful sunny day with a high of 31 degrees and a perfect 8-10 knot breeze with light chop made for a champagne sailing day. Lucky for me we were at Swans Yacht Sales located in the Whitby Marina on Lake Ontario, trying out the Dufour 460 Grand Large, a flag ship for the midrange Dufour boats. With an overall length of 46’5” and a hull length of 44 ‘, this boat is majestic, not only in size, but also in elegance with timeless and contemporary style. 

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Belize: Sailing SolitudeBy Mark Stevens

We’ve just weighed anchor off Thatch Caye, a tiny island nuzzled by Caribbean waters flowing between the world’s second longest barrier reef and the mountainous coast of Belize to our west, and now we’re navigating a serpentine course through a crowded congregation of coral heads.

Once safely in deep water we raise sail. I spin the wheel of “Kavok” (a Lagoon 421 catamaran we’ve booked for our weeklong Belize bareboat adventure from Dream Yacht Charter) until we’re pointed south – steady on a lazy beam reach.

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