The Rules GuyLast column we started an overview of the right-of-way rules. That issue focused on Section A of Part 2. At the end of that article, I said would next focus on the definitions. Early in the Rules book, there is a separate section helpfully titled “Definitions”.

Andrew AlbertiAs we start a new sailing season, I am going to start a new view of the right-of-way rules. I hope that by giving an overview, I can help my readers understand the rules for themselves.

Jill Fitz Hirschbold PhotographyMany articles speak to the challenges and strategies involved in achieving a good upwind start, however, they often begin with sheets eased or with spinnakers ready to hoist, so let’s dig into some of the considerations that come into play with these types of starts.

Docking SkillsImprove your docking skills whether you are single-handing or have help, on a sailboat or a powerboat. Learn the theory and interaction of propellers, keels, and rudders and how to manage docking in wind and current.

Duct TapePurchase your copy of the BRAND NEW Ports Georgian Bay 2020 Edition at the Toronto International Boat Show! Or pre-order a copy TODAY on the CY Store.

Getting Into The Timaru HarbourIt’s easy just go to your local yacht club online or in person and sign onto their crew bank. I guarantee that you won’t have to wait long to get an invite, whether you are an experienced sailor or not. Boat owners are always looking for crew that are physically fit and will commit to a series of races.

Seasick MonkeysThe new editions of PORTS Cruising Guides, from the publishers of Canadian Yachting will be available in January!!  Look for upcoming details on how to order your copy early!

BinocularsBinoculars are essential for any cruising destination. Spotting potential water hazards, basic navigating and identifying points of interest along the shoreline or waterway are just a few of the many applications. There are a wide variety of sizes, models and focal lengths available.

AirswiftFor the past 15 – 20 years, the Royal Canadian Yacht Club’s race management was primarily constructed with paid staff. This was done initially to give a group of development team and national team sailors a flexible job so they could train and earn money towards their campaigns.

AnchoringA reader suggested we take a look at anchors. Anchoring seems simple enough. A weighted hook with a line attached is dropped into the water. When the hook hits the bottom, the line is tied to a cleat, and the proud sailor signals the helm that the vessel is secure.

Lifestyle

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On one of the sunny days we had recently, Kyle MacTaggart in Honey Harbour ON fired up the Merc to ...
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This afternoon portrait of her son enjoying a snooze in a pretty unlikely spot comes to us from ...

Boat Reviews

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The newest member of Beneteau’s Gran Turismo line is the GT 36 and this yacht brings the style and ...
With a philosophy of quality and 'doing things right Ranger Tugs launches the all new R-25 at the ...
The new Beneteau Swift Trawler 41 renews the spirit of the practical seaworthy cruiser. The ...
The Canadian Yachting test crew last week had the opportunity to run the Bavaria S36 HT at St ...

Excess 12 and 15By Kieran Flatt

Catamarans have many advantages for cruising: more space, more speed, no heeling and a more comfortable motion. However, many experienced sailors find them less rewarding and engaging to sail than a monohull. That isn’t an inherent problem with multihulls, though. Rather, it reflects the fact that most cruising cats built in the last ten years have been aimed primarily at the charter market, designed above all to be docile and easy for novices to handle.

 

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Destinations

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If you have four hours to enjoy a fine tour of one of Canada’s most interesting waterways (let’s ...
Boom & Batten Restaurant is suspended over the water adjacent to the Songhees Walkway and ...
Provincial Boat Havens are those special places to drop anchor in British Columbia’s West Coast and ...
NW Explorations, a Bellingham, Washington-based yacht charter, brokerage, and marine services ...

UclueletOn the west coast of Vancouver Island Ucluelet is straddled between the famous Pacific Rim and the iconic Broken Islands.

The Ucluelet Boat Basin is steps away from the downtown core, and half-way between the iconic Long Beach and the Wild Pacific Trail

You are encouraged to take advantage of the untamed nature and sublime scenery while surfing, hiking, and enjoying the wildlife. Make the Ucluelet your base for exploration and adventure.

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Marine Products

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Good news Boaters, two new PORTS Editions will be released this Winter 2020 in time for the ...
SailTimer Inc. made the first masthead anemometer that could transmit to smartphones and tablets. ...
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At last month’s Toronto boat show, there certainly was a lot to see. One exhibitor Woodard and ...
Last month, Canadian based ZOLEO announced the launch the world’s first truly seamless global ...
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Since 1984 PORTS Cruising Guides have been the cruising boater's essential companion. But now PORTS ...
Canada’s largest independent fiberglass boat builder, Campion, has launched Muskoka, The M26 is 8.4 ...
It is not often I get to drive the newer model of something I own. Most of the time the model I own ...
Good news cruisers, it’s coming in early Summer 2020 – PORTS Rideau Canal and Lower Ottawa River ...