CSBCNorth American Safe Boating Awareness Week will take place across Canada from May 18th to May 24th, 2013. The purpose of this initiative is to promote safe and responsible boating practices to the estimated 16 million recreational boaters in Canada while significantly reducing boating-related fatalities.
 
To help increase awareness of Safe Boating Awareness Week, on May 18th, 2013, boating safety educators, marine enforcement officials, politicians, media and the general public in Canada and around the world will gather to beat last year’s World Record Life Jacket event called Ready, Set, Wear It (RSWI).  As well, the Canadian Safe Boating Council and local Police Marine Units in Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal will be hosting three launch events for media, public and boating safety educators to increase awareness of the importance of Boating Safety!

2013 Victoria Harbour Boat ShowGood weather brought out strong weekend crowds at the BC Yacht Brokers Association Victoria Floating Boat Show April 18-21. BC’s largest floating show, in one of the coast’s most attractive settings, the event offered more than 150 boats on display on the Inner Harbour docks, along with shoreside exhibits of electronics, accessories, clothing and services. British Columbia's largest in the water Boat Show. Displayed new and pre-owned boats, power and sail. Over 200 boats were on display as well as a huge

Bill BarberFor the past 20 years or so, no cruise to the Broughtons was complete without a visit to Lagoon Cove Marina for a taste of the hospitality and charm of its owners, Bill and Jean Barber. Broughtons regulars were saddened to learn of Bill’s death in early April at age 78 after a recurrence of cancer.

Bill’s bottomless buckets of prawns, tall tales and laconic humour brought cruisers back to Lagoon Cove season after season. He and Jean also took a lead in promoting the Broughtons as a cruising destination, working with nearby marina operators to get this unique destination on BC and Washington
State cruisers’ radar.

Grand Banks 36With nine Grand Banks 36 models for sale – from a 1970 wooden classic to a 2001 wide-body that was the third-last GB 36 built – Grand Yachts invited prospective buyers to “take the helm” of these boats at their sales docks in Coal Harbour and Port Sidney on March 23.

Broker Alan McKillop said the event succeeded in introducing visitors to the 36 and to Grand Banks in general. “We wanted to give people the opportunity to experience a GB and understand why they have become legendary. We had people from a wide background, including sailors looking to move to power, people looking to move up in size, people who had heard of Grand Banks never had the chance to cruise on one, and the generally curious,” said McKillop. “I think people enjoyed getting out in the boats and seeing how they handle, seeing why Grand Banks are the legendary boats that they are.”

Sointula RegattaThe village of Sointula invites sailors and powerboaters to join its Canada Day Regatta June 30 and July 1. The regatta features fun sail and predicted-log racing on the waters off Malcolm Island, along with a marina market, marine swap, dragon boat rides and children’s events, a Canada Day cake-cutting ceremony and a beer garden.

Registration is $25 and proceeds go to the local Friends In Need Now (FINN) fund, which assists with expenses related to medical appointments.

Coastal CraftThe coming of summer means rendezvous season on the West Coast, with yacht clubs, owners’ associations and boatbuilders staging events at popular destinations on the South Coast.

Gibsons builder Coastal Craft stages its owners’ rendezvous May 17-19 at Poets Cove Resort, South Pender Island.

All Chris-Crafts “regardless of age, type or condition” are invited to the 2013 Chris-Craft BC Rendezvous July 19-21 at Telegraph Harbour Marina, Thetis Island.

Classics AfloatNorth Vancouver’s Burrard Yacht Club invites the public to view a huge array of classic wooden yachts and mint collector cars at its seventh annual Classic Boat and Car Show Saturday, June 8. The event is a fundraiser for the Disabled Sailing Association of BC.

The focus of this year’s boat show is classic wooden Grand Banks yachts of all sizes, which will join other classics on the club docks. Meanwhile, 40 to 50 collector cars will be on display in the club parking lot; up to 100 more classic cars are expected to drive by through the day. Weather permitting, the club will also offer free 30-minute sailing lessons for children aged eight to 15. 

B&G Sailing AcademyB&G, an innovator in marine instruments, autopilot systems and tactical software solutions – announced today the launch of its new online sailing academy. Designed to help all sailors, whether expert or novice, brush up on sailing theory and improve technique, B&G Academy consists of innovative e-learning tutorials designed by experienced sailing instructors.
Providing practical examples of key sailing techniques and topics, B&G Academy tutorials use animated video to cover a variety of subjects including wind triangle, start lines, instruments, safety, race strategy and more.

WOW Regatta 2013Since 2008, over 600 women have attended WOW boating events.

On Saturday June 22nd WOW is having it’s 3rd annual WOW Regatta (for women only). So if you have never raced before or race all the time, this will be The Regatta to attend. Women racing women; bring your boat or crew with someone else, racing cost is $25 per person which includes a goodie bag. There will be a crew bank posted on Facebook. We will wrap up the evening with a dinner and awards presentation to which everyone (guys included) are invited, RSVP required cost TBA.  There is a limit of 10 boats, so sign up fast!!!

Wedding Contest CoupleThe wedding dreams of Guelph couple David Kellman and Crystal Roy came true this week when Mariposa Cruises announced they had won its Facebook contest prize, a $15,000 wedding on the water. The couple has chosen to be married this year aboard Mariposa Cruises’ beautiful Klancy II.
 
Crystal, originally from Brampton, met David almost five years ago by chance at Guelph bar, Trappers Alley. They hit it off right away and as the saying goes – the rest is history. The couple were engaged in November 2012, but thought they would only be able to afford a small wedding - until now.
 
“The day I found out, I was laughing and crying at the same time. I couldn't hold my phone still to show David the announcement from Mariposa Cruises,” said Crystal Roy. “We are so happy and excited!”

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My Happy Place – Lake Simcoe and the Trent-Severn Waterway

My Happy Place – Lake Simcoe and the Trent-Severn WaterwayBy Paul and Sheryl Shard

It’s funny how a body of water can shape you. Shape your mood. Shape your friendships. Shape your future.

Since you’re reading Canadian Yachting, then I’m pretty sure you have a sense of what I’m talking about here - a favourite lake, bay, pond, river or ocean that, when you’re near it, in it or on it, it makes your heart sing and good things happen.

For me, this is Lake Simcoe and the Trent-Severn Waterway in Ontario. Although my husband, Paul, and I have sailed over 100,000 nautical miles in the four sailboats we’ve owned and have been blessed to visit..

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Boat Reviews

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Ranger Tugs R-23

Ranger Tugs R-23By: Andy Adams

At the boat shows, the Ranger Tugs’ classic tugboat lines always grab the crowds, with the wives and children most likely to want to stop and have a better look. Well, they should, because the Ranger Tugs R-23 deserves a second look…a long look in fact.

Yes, it’s really a “personality” boat that looks great out on the water, and it will turn heads and start conversations at the gas docks, the locks, or just about anywhere boaters congregate, but the Ranger Tugs R-23 is far more than just cute.

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DIY & How to

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Marine Products

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