Beneteau Oceanis 30As boat builders clamber to create ever-bigger platforms for ever-more generous budgets, the entry-level cruiser has become an elusive animal. Sure, if you want to daysail, there are plenty of small open boats from which to choose, but if you want a freshly built pocket cruiser, you’re in for a long search.

Canada's National TeamThe new dates, exactly one year after those originally planned for 2020 - Olympic Games: 24 July to 9 August 2021. The IOC had previously confirmed that all athletes already qualified and quota places already assigned for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 will remain unchanged.

Prize PackThis ongoing pandemic is horrible; on that we can all agree. Around the world everyone has been forced to curtail their activities and take special precautions.

IJCAccompanying the high water levels on the Great Lakes in 2017 and 2019 and with the threat of flooding still unclear for 2020, the International Joint Commission (IJC) has been on the receiving end of a lot of questions. Earlier this month the IJC issued the statement below.

Class Afloat ProgresoEvery school year comes with its own set of challenges and our community does everything possible to turn these challenges into learning moments. In 2020, we have found ourselves navigating the uncharted waters of a global pandemic that forced us to bring our sailing journey to an abrupt halt in Mexico this week.

Steveston MarineAs boating provides a safe refuge and recreation and social distancing to individuals and their families, customers are ordering product on line or coming into the stores where we practice safe social distance by posting signage and extra counters to create a minimum 6 ft distance between staff and customers.

Matt PriceMatt Price from Harbour Chandler made recommendations and put together paint supplies for the refit of Graham Heath’s sailboat Pitoraq. See “Do It Yourself Deck Repairs on Pitoraq” in this issue of the OnBoard Digest.

Bitter EndDuring these unsettling times, much comfort can be had from thinking of one’s happy place - we know for many of you that place is Bitter End. We also remind ourselves that life’s storms prove the strength of our anchors

Regal Express 33The Regal 33 Express is the have-it-all cruiser prepared for unforgettable adventure, whether it’s a day at the beach or a weekend on the water. The expansive swim platform is a key part of the accommodations. A four-step fold down boarding ladder makes re-boarding easy and from the swim platform it is an easy step up into the main deck level.

Scott, Jim and DougThe Fleet Executive decide who warrants being inducted into the Hall of Fame and the first inductee in 2019 was Ian Farquharson. Ian was recognized for purchasing the first J/105 in our Fleet and tirelessly promoting the boat.

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