A number of boats have already registered for this year’s Easter Seals Cup race, with regatta organizers still counting on a few more boats to register yet. The National Bank Easter Seals Regatta is the largest charity regatta on the West Coast and a great opportunity for boat owners to enjoy a ‘fun’ day on the water while supporting a good cause. The Regatta is a PHRF handicap race with flying sails and no-flying sails divisions. The Regatta is pirate themed, and will include a parade through False Creek. Prizes will be awarded for ‘best crew spirit’ and ‘best costume’.
Not sailors, not a problem, join the Regatta’s growing list of organizations, businesses and individuals who have registered to sponsor a boat or skipper. Boat sponsorship, starting at $250, is a great way to raise your corporate profile within the community, recognize employees or invite out clientele, receive a charitable tax receipt, all while ‘giving back’ to a worthwhile cause.
Proudly sponsored by National Bank, the ‘After Party’ in Hastings Mill Park offers a chance for everyone to kick back and relax after a fun day of racing. Everyone is invited to attend the barbecue and beer garden, and enjoy your favourite songs from ‘Mai Tai Friday’ and bid on some fabulous silent auction items. Bring the kids; there will be activities for them too. Tickets for the ‘after party’ only and event information are available at 604-873-1865 or www.eastersealsregatta.ca
The Heart of It allAs an attractive destination for sailors and cruisers alike, Midland Harbour doesn’t really have to try hard to impress; the waters of Georgian Bay attract yachts of all sizes from all over the globe. With a history steeped in lumber and boat manufacturing, Midland Harbour today is an integral part of a thriving town, boasting the largest freshwater marina in the world amongst its offerings. The hometown of Sarah Burke, Glen Howard, Adam Dixon and David Onley to name a few, Midland is the heart of the North Simcoe area, the centre of the neighbouring Georgian Bay communities.
In the heart of the Huronia wilderness, the Jesuits established the first French outpost outside of the area we now know as Quebec. It was called Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons in 1639. Wendake, “the land apart”, was the ancestral homeland of the Huron nation. The Wendat were a matrilineal society of skilled traders and farmers. They introduced the ‘three sisters’ (corn, beans and squash) to the French and taught them how to grow these crops in mounds. Sadly, the mission was to last only 10 years. With the Huron decimated by disease and rising tension of more frequent Iroquois attacks, the Jesuits burned the mission to the ground and moved all inhabitants to nearby Christian Island.
Great performance in a versatile, modern design
For the Canadian Yachting readers who are not yet familiar with Beneteau’s broad range of power boat models, the Gran Turismo 35 may come as a bit of a surprise. Our test boat is a head-on competitor to the North American built express cruisers and the latest day boats that are coming on the market.
The GT35 has the style and amenities to match the best new designs in it’s size range, the stern drive power to deliver exhilarating high speed performance plus, it still adds in an overtone of Euro style.