Derek Hatfields BoatRegister now as a skipper and receive the following:
1. Entry to win an opportunity to crew aboard round-the-world racer Derek Hatfield's Volvo 60 Amer Sports One in the 2014 St. Maarten Heineken Regatta. (Registration prior to July 5).
2. Stormtech Waterproof Gear Bag (retail value of $75) plus a gift from National Bank.

Boat Sponsor Incentives
Register now as a boat sponsor and receive the following:
1. Two tickets to the Pre-Regatta Reception at the BMW Store on July 12.

Easter Seals Regatta 2013Now’s the time to register as a skipper or a boat sponsor in the 2013 National Bank Easter Seals Charity Regatta Saturday, July 13 at Royal Vancouver YC Jericho. The most fun you’ll have in sailboat racing all season, the regatta supports an important cause: Easter Seals House, which provides a home away from home for children and families who need to visit Vancouver Children’s Hospital for medical care.Skippers and boat sponsors who sign on now qualify for extra prizes and incentives.

Chester Race Week 2013Perhaps one of the world's best kept secrets is Chester Race Week, held in Chester, Nova Scotia, just a stone's throw away from the bustling metropolis of Halifax. Chester Race Week (scheduled August 14-17, 2013) has been sailing since 1856 and in recent summers has had consistent entries of 130-150 yachts. The regatta is run on three different race courses within the confines of the waters of Mahone Bay, surrounded by beautiful pine-tree covered granite islands dotted throughout the bay. Sailing could not be more convenient, especially since the time to the race course (always a big consideration after a long evening out the night before with friends!) is usually 30 minutes maximum!

Sorlandet - Class AfloatTo be on deck for one of the world’s most unique sailing experiences you won’t have to look too far this summer. The tall ship Sørlandet, normally sailing to far away ports around the world’s oceans, is offering sailors and non-sailors alike the opportunity to experience life aboard one of the world’s most majestic tall ships as it sails the Great Lakes. The Sørlandet is a 210 foot 1927 Class “A” square-rigged tall ship chartered by Class Afloat – a Canadian high school taught on the high seas.
Sørlandet’s guest crew will experience all aspects of authentic tall ship sailing. Whether they have never sailed before or are seasoned sailors looking for a once in a lifetime sailing experience – the Sørlandet’s professional mariner crew will teach them the ropes – all 200 of them! Guest sailors can go

Jack Pady Marine In Water Boat ShowJune 8th and 9th, 2013 from 10 am to 6 pm Jack Pady Marine is hosting their Spring In-Water Used Power and Sail Boat Show, at Hindson Marina on Georgian Bay.  This show is for the used boat seller and buyer - and is free to the public.  There is no charge for show parking or attendance.  Selling or Buying, you are invited to participate.

Suzuki OutboardFor a lot of cruising families, the “little boat” offers almost as much pleasure as the big boat, taking you to shore, around the marina, out for supplies or off to visit friends. But a cantankerous old outboard can be a real spoiler. So, we’re delighted to report that there’s a great new high-tech tender solution from Suzuki. It’s their DF20A and it has groundbreaking “little boat” technology. The short shaft manual start version [also available in a 15 horse!] does not require a battery and yet it has computerized electronic fuel injection!

Toronto Boat Show Childrens' CharitiesThe Toronto International Boat Show announced today that this summer the $47,352 raised by its 2013 Special Preview Night will positively impact the lives of children through its three designated beneficiaries:

• Toronto Star Fresh Air Fund – “This tremendous donation will help The Toronto Star Fresh Air Fund support 103 camps this summer and allow as many as 25,000 underprivileged and special needs children enjoy an unforgettable camp experience,” says Barb Mrozek, Director, Toronto Star Charities and Philanthropy. “We are truly grateful for the hard work and efforts put into this event to help give children a memory that will last a lifetime.”

Trawler Fest 2013The 2013 edition of Trawler Fest, presented by PassageMaker magazine, drew fans of trawlers and the power-cruising lifestyle to Anacortes, Washington for courses, seminars, social events and a boat show May 14-19. Part of the magazine’s series of trawler-oriented events, the fest takes full advantage of its scenic location at Cap Sante Marina and typically fine “banana belt” weather.

This year’s program included two days of courses aimed at trawler owners and purchasers, an expanded program of seminars and demonstrations, and the four-day boat show featuring more than 70 trawlers and passagemakers from a variety of builders, dealers and brokers in BC and Washington. Exhibitors

Big Red ArrivingFor American Tug owners, the season officially starts at the annual Spring Fling. This year, the informal rendezvous was held at Deer Harbor Marina in the San Juan Islands April 24-27. Twenty-six American Tugs, more than 50 crew, and about a dozen dogs were present. For the second year in a row, the marina rolled out the red carpet for the group.  The event started with the “best ball” golf tournament: 12 golfers enjoyed sunny weather at the Orcas Island Golf Course. Two evenings of potluck dinners were held at the beautiful community centre, and the wrap-up was a memorable dinner Saturday night at the Deer Harbor Inn.

Derek HatfieldIn a warm-up event for the July 13 National Banks Easter Seals Charity Regatta in Vancouver, solo sailor Derek Hatfield treated a capacity crowd at Royal Vancouver YC to an inspiring presentation about his campaigns in three major single-handled round-the-world races. The only Canadian to race single-handed around the world twice, Hatfield has sailed more than 200,000 miles solo and completed two of his races with podium finishes. In his presentation, he described his preparation and experiences racing boats that were largely supported by thousands of individual Canadian donors, as well as glimpses into the wild world of solo racing in today’s high-tech IMOCA sailboats.

Lifestyle

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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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Boat Reviews

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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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Destinations

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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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