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
Georgian Bay: Just the words evoke ethereal images, stirring something special in the hearts and minds of all boaters whether you explore silently by kayak, traverse under taut sails or power through her more than 30,000 Islands.
This vast body of water is technically part of Lake Huron, but is often referred to as the sixth Great Lake for its sheer size and diversity of destinations. It’s a lake of legends, lost ships, forgotten coves, iconic windswept pines, artistic inspiration, rich history and endless islands each packing plenty of personality all their own.
Where to start? Good question. Boaters could spend a lifetime travelling the bay and never know all of its nooks and crannies; never stay in the same spot twice and still not see it all...
As a semi-recent transplant to the Pacific Northwest from New England’s historic waters, I was thrilled to learn that the boating season in Seattle is much longer than it is in the East, provided, of course, that your boat is up to the task. While our summer months here at 48 degrees north are characterized by massive high-pressure systems that park-up over the Olympic Peninsula and Vancouver Island, delivering bluebird days that are void of any real breeze, our fall, winter and spring months offer plenty of pressure, usually combined with some lively seas, especially when the wind angle disagrees with the tide. This combination of distinctive seasonal weather, paired with the Pacific Northwest’s (in)famous rain and grey, rewards cruising boats that offer some on-deck protection from the elements, as well as a comfortable saloon and galley for après sailing, once the sails have been furled and the cabin heater has been switched on...
As I approached the Hanse 575 at Port Sidney Marina in Sidney, Victoria, B.C., I noticed three things...