Hometown HeroesThe Hometown Heroes Award Program recognizes and celebrates environmental leaders who foster meaningful, long-term community awareness and action. The Hometown Heroes Award Program, established by Earth Day Canada (EDC) in 2004, recognizes and celebrates environmental leaders, groups and small businesses who foster meaningful, long-term community awareness and action. The program is made possible through a committed partnership with Mill Street Brewery and the RBC Foundation. Heroic candidates can win the Individual Hometown Heroes Award—a $10 000 cash-prize to donate to a local

Big Sisters Sail PastHaving a big sister is ‘awesome’.  Unmatched Little Sister Mikaila, 10, had never been on a boat before taking part in the Big Brothers Big Sisters sail past with members of the Midland Bay Sailing Club. At first, she was a little nervous on the 38-foot sailboat owned by Pat and Lynn Lortie, but the couple’s 35 years of sailing experience and having her cousin and matched Little Sister at her side soon had her more at ease — as did a homemade sandwich made by Lynn.

Tugfest 2013August 16 - 18, 2013, as part of Midland’s Marine week, TugFest is a matchless, experience featuring a host of both historical and distinctive work boats and recreational tug-style vessels. The festival offers both residents and tourists a full list of activities including the spectacular parade of lights, tug parade, tug races, and the ever popular tug demonstration and tour of the boats. This year, TugFest is introducing a fabulous new interactive event – the TugFest Georgian Bay Home-made Tugboat Race.

WOW 2013The Island Yacht Club was host to the 2013 WOW (Women on Water) Regatta on Saturday June 22nd. Thanks to the 49 women who raced (even though lightning made us call the second race and get back to the club), the 3 women on committee boat with Kristina Gilbert of PCYC as Race Officer, plus Katrina and Donna on the mark boat! We even had some husbands all on one boat at the weather mark, giving wind conditions over the VHF! Even though we only got one race in, everyone had a great  time, the women on Serious, who won this year, said they never stopped laughing the entire weekend! Special thanks to IYC who hosted a fabulous weekend and excellent BBQ Saturday night.

 Naden's Pink BoatA Northern Ontario boat building company is supporting the campaign to find a cure for breast cancer by building and donating a boat – a pink boat of course – that will be raffled off in support of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure - North Bay. The complete the package, valued at over $7,000, will consist of a 14’ Pink Naden Fisherman, a Tohatsu 15hp 4-stroke engine, a Yacht Club Trailer manufactured by Easy Hauler and donated by Baywood Enterprises in North Bay, 2 Salus Marine PFDs for the winner and her or his partner and a boat cover donated by Temagami Marine.

Unicorn-Sisters Under SailThe Unicorn is truly a ship like no other. This gaff-rigged, topsail schooner is home to Sisters Under Sail, a leadership and confidence building program for girls and women created and run by Dawn Santamaria. Dawn was inspired to create this program after observing her four daughters grow up sailing on a ship. She noticed an increase in their confidence and leadership skills and attributed this to their competencies on the ship. Dawn was determined to create an all women crew, “we better be leaders to teach women leadership” and by 2007 the ship was all female. I was given an opportunity to hop onto the ship and become one of the crew for three days while sailing the ship from the Brockville Tall Ship festival to the Redpath Waterfront Festival in Toronto.

Tall Ship UnicornThe Tall Ship Unicorn is one of the fleet of Tall Ships that will be participating in the Great Lakes 1812 Tour this summer. Sailing as the only all-female crewed tall ship in the world, Unicorn sails the sea with proven on-board leadership programs for teenage girls and women. Holland-built in 1947 from German U-boat metals, Unicorn partners with Sisters Under Sail, a New Jersey based non-profit corporation established in 2005 dedicated to helping teen girls and women build confidence, develop leadership skills, and witness first-hand what women can do together when focused

Easter Seals Regatta LogoAll skippers, crew and boat sponsors are invited to attend this year’s Pre-Regatta Reception on Friday, July 12 at the BMW Store at the corner of West 5th Avenue and Burrard Street in Vancouver. It’s a great opportunity to meet your fellow sailors and sponsors the evening before the regatta.

This reception is proudly supported by Helly Hansen, BMW Canada, Berenger Wine and Steam Whistle Brewing.

altSkippers who register for the National Bank Easter Seals Regatta prior to Friday, July 5 will be entered to win a rare opportunity to race with Canada’s most successful solo sailor, Derek Hatfield, aboard his Volvo 60 Amer Sports One in the 2014 St. Maarten Heineken Regatta. The crew spot will be awarded in a raffle for skippers who register early.

Hatfield is the only Canadian to race single-handed around the world twice. He has sailed more than 200,000 miles solo in three major round-the-world races, completing two of his races with podium finishes. He visited Royal Van YC June 4 to deliver an inspiring presentation about his experiences in the

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.

Lifestyle

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DIY & How to

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Shrink Wrap2020 is a year of change – self-isolation, social distancing, quarantine, and working remotely have become the norm. For many, this has been a bitter pill to swallow. Another bitter pill for boaters is the delay of the season. Provincial laws differ – so terms like ‘essential’ aren’t translating widely across the marine world.

In BC, marinas remain open and fuel is available, sometimes with conditions. In Ontario, marinas, boat launches, yacht clubs and the professionals that service the marine industry aren’t considered essential, unless the service and location allows a person to access their permanent residence only accessible by boat.

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Boat Reviews

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CY Virtual Video Boat Tours

Virtual Boat ToursWe all love boats and nothing can break us up! So, what better way to spend our time than looking at interesting boats and going aboard in a virtual ride or tour. We have asked our friends at various dealers and manufacturers to help us assemble a one-stop online resource to experience some of the most interesting boats on the market today. Where the CY Team has done a review, we connect you to that expert viewpoint. Our Virtual Show will continue to grow so visit frequently and check it out. If you can’t go boating, you can almost experience the thrill via your screen. Not quite the same, but we hope you enjoy our fine tour collection.

 

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Destinations

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KingstonBy Amy Hogue

Cruise into the city of Kingston, Ontario, and it will quickly become clear that this city and surrounding waterways have something special. Built around the northern shore of Lake Ontario, Kingston is the place to go if you love to explore new waterways, fantastic views, and exceptional boating opportunities.

Sitting at the intersection of three world-class Canadian bodies of water, Lake Ontario, the St. Lawrence River, and the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Rideau Canal (Cataraqui River from Kingston to Newboro), the water’s influence is deeply woven into Kingston’s culture and history. 

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Marine Products

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Vesper Cortex, the advanced multi-station VHF, AIS, monitor with intuitive touchscreen operation is ...