The National Bank Easter Seals Waves Regatta returns to the waters of English Bay on June 23 and 24, 2012 and participants are already talking up the fun and excitement of this charity fund-raiser. “I’m the semi-official photographer,” explains Lynn Gordon of the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club, the host Club. “Not only are there great crowds and close racing, it’s such a worthwhile cause. You cannot help just feeling good about the whole day.”

The funds raised in this annual event are critical to the BC Lions Society for Children with Disabilities and their work on behalf of kids with special needs.

On Saturday, June 23, 2012, the S.S. Keewatin returns to Port McNicoll, Ontario bringing full circle a storied, 100-year route for the crown jewel in the Canadian Pacific Railway’s once-mighty Great Lakes Steamship fleet.

The S.S. Keewatin is the last remaining Edwardian passenger steamship in the world, five years older than the Titanic and as luxuriously appointed.

The Beneteau Swift Trawler 34 (The Greatest Loop) was at the Port Credit Yacht Club this past Saturday afternoon for a viewing, combined with a cocktail party sponsored by Anchor Yacht Sales the Beneteau Power Boat Dealer, Powerboat America-Beneteau Group and Canadian Yachting. The new Trawler was a great hit with the guests who got to explore the fit and finish of this magnificent vessel as well as see the versatility and ease of handling that was demonstrated in the harbour.

This Saturday, visitors are welcome to meet the Greatest Loop Crew for an “Afternoon of Elegance” Cocktail Party with John Armstrong from Canadian Yachting Magazine at the Port Credit Yacht Club, from 3:30 pm till 8:00 pm on Saturday, May 26th. Just a week ago on Tuesday, May 15th, Beneteau’s Swift Trawler 34 #202 left the Annapolis city dock to begin her 4-month journey on the Great Loop.

Canadian Yachting magazine’s Greg Nicoll interviews Wayne Burdick, President of Beneteau America about the latest in yacht design and features, the consumer aspirations that are driving those refinements and also, about the Beneteau yacht manufacturing facilities in Marion, South Carolina where their team of 160 yacht builders can turn out a 50 footer in a mere 25 working days.

Join us for the 22nd Port Credit In-Water Boat Show! The Port Credit In-Water Boat Show is celebrating its 22nd year from August 24-26th. The only show of its kind on Lake Ontario, the Port Credit Boat Show is THE late summer boat show to attend. Board over 100 new and used power and sailboats or check out the land displays of marine accessories and services. The Speaker’s tent features seasoned boaters who talk about boat handling; boat repair; cruising and more. And there will be lots of bargains available at the marine industry’s only consignment tent for boat stuff’ in support of Ontario Sailing and their programs.

Lunenburg, Nova Scotia – West Island College International Class Afloat has established the Class Afloat ‘Young Canadian Sailor Scholarship’ to assist a student – endorsed by their CYA member club or sailing school – to participate in an extraordinary educational experience – attending high school while ocean sailing aboard a majestic square-rigged tall ship. This will be the first year that this scholarship has been awarded. Class Afloat offers young people a unique journey of education and personal discovery.

Easter Seals Waves RegattaThis year’s charity sailing event will feature one weekend of competitive Keelboat and Dinghy racing in English Bay as well as the recreational Easter Seals Cup race. Almost 200 boats participated last year and this year event organizers are hoping for close to 300 boats to take part. The post race festivities offer a chance for all participants to kick back and relax after the first full day of racing.

 

Maritime Garage SaleVictoria’s Maritime Museum of British Columbia, is hosting the 9th Annual Massive Maritime Garage Sale on Saturday April 21 at Ogden Point, Pier A, Dallas Rd, 0900 to 1300 hours. Co-sponsored by the City of Victoria and CFB Esquimalt, the event is open to vendors who can rent a table for $35.00 and the event has a $5.00 entrance fee for adults but kids are free. Parking is free and is abundant. Expected to be offered on sale are small craft of all kinds, canoes, kayaks, dinghies, fishing equipment, crab and prawn traps, and marine and nautical gear of all kinds. Proceeds go towards the Museums Special Exhibition

 

altAfter sitting idle and somewhat forlorn for over two years, the Heritage Wooden Boatshed at the Harbour of the Maritime Museum on Kits Point, Vancouver has been repaired and will have an official re-opening and launch party Sat April 14, noon to 4:00 PM. The Boatshed is the home to the Oarlock and Sail Wooden Boat Club (OLAS), an enthusiastic group of wood boat devotees and it has been their home for the previous 15 years, and a center for small wooden boat construction, restoration and repair.

Destinations

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An Abacos Adventure

Great Guana CayBy Mark Stevens; Photos by Sharon Matthew-Stevens

It’s a perfect Sunday morning jaunt.

We’re gliding through green-blue waters, colours so vivid and bright they hurt your eyes. We’re set for a close reach out of a harbour guarded by a necklace of tiny emerald islands decorated by palms that dance in fifteen knots of wind.

Our boat, “Tropical Escape II” (perfect name for both the boat and our adventure), is a 44-foot Robertson and Caine catamaran, chartered from Sunsail’s Marsh Harbour base on Bahamas’ Great Abaco Island.

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Lifestyle

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Boat Reviews

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Hanse 388

Hanse 388By Katherine Stone

The Hanse group produced their second most popular boat of all time with the Hanse 385. The trick was to build on that winning formula when they upgraded to the Hanse 388, which they have done in spades. The German build quality is first rate and true to the Hanse tradition. Leaving the hull the same with a steep stern and straight stem for an optimal long water line, they went with a slightly stiffer, heavier displacement, new deck, interior layout and window line. Hanse’s highly experienced yacht construction team, judel/vrolijk & co., have combined ease of sailing, comfort and performance into the newly designed Hanse 388.

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DIY & How to

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Marine Products

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