Mexican AppetizerI use this recipe a lot aboard Distant Shores since it is attractive, flavourful and easy to prepare at a moment's notice from mostly canned and bottled goods that can be stored on board long-term. Adjust amounts slightly to suit the size and type of serving dish you choose to serve it in. I use a 6" x 8" x 2" glass casserole dish (pictured) to show off the layers of ingredients. Everything is prepared in the dish you serve it in so preparation doesn't mean a lot of dishes to wash up afterwards. Not only does this save water, it leaves you time to relax and enjoy your time on the boat.

Balsamic Beets When beets are roasted, their natural sweetness is heightened and concentrated. In this recipe, their flavour
is balanced by the sharp tang of goat’s cheese. We use the beautiful chèvres from the Salt Spring Island
Cheese Company. The pairing is served on crostini to create a hearty, hand-held appetizer. To reduce your
on-board preparation time, we suggest cooking the beets at home in advance.

POTWThe mighty St John as it flows from beyond Fredericton around Ox Island above Gagetown is some of the loveliest stretch for boating as you can see. These shots just popped up in the POTW inbox from Denise Miller. We’re already looking forward to next season! Thanks Denise.

Beacon Bay Post Storm - Kristin CummingsKristin Cummings, Operations Manager at Beacon Bay Marina took this shot after the skies broke loose on a Friday, a couple weeks back.

Luna Rossa AC75Our Photo of the Week (two, in fact) comes from New Zealand where the second America’s Cup AC 75 Luna Rossa boat was launched Tuesday morning in the presence of the families of the Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli Team and a small group of friends and local suppliers close to the team in its New Zealand venture.

POTWThis Photo of the Week came from our own CY Team member Sarah C who, like many of us, is trying to coax the last bit of enjoyment out of a seriously disrupted season. “Full winter gear boating this past weekend!” I am sure many of you are taking toques to the boat and doing the same – it’s going to be a long winter.

Gananoque RainbowGraham and Diane Segger spent 18 days sailing from Toronto’s Mimico Cruising Club to the Thousand Islands this August. They spent 15 days at anchor and three evenings in harbour, one of which was August 18 when they sheltered from some unsettled weather in Gananoque Municipal Marina

Kirkfield LockWith things the way they are, a whole new batch of Canadians are discovering that boating is IT! These great shots shots come from from Mike Ontotsky who writes “We’re actually new boaters as of June but those pics were just taken at the beginning of August as we did the entire Trent Severn!”

PortsWe were torn this week. So many photos came rolling in now that everyone is on their boat. It was tough to ignore this beauty from the RCYC Paddlethon, but it got into our issue here.

Distant BoatersThis picture was taken by a friend who shall remain anonymous for reasons of potential litigation. We even went to the trouble of using PhotoShop to “blurr” the faces in case the people here are not all from the same household. (as if…)

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