Jan 11, 2018

Toronto Boat Show offers free boating education
Lee Chesneau Lee Chesneau

Even good boaters can become better boaters. In addition to being the preeminent selling and buying marketplace for boats and marine accessories, there’s a stronger gravitational pull that drives boaters to the Toronto International Boat Show each year. It’s the community gathering and “crowd-funding” of advice and education; where fellow boaters converge to engage, share tips, how-to advice, specialized knowledge and experiences.

Over the past several years, Toronto Boat Show organizers have placed a priority on cultivating boating education for every type of boater. Their commitment to finding new seminar speakers, incorporating hands-on experiences and introducing seminar topics that are inclusive to all boating communities and lifestyles, has helped to empower better boaters.

One of the more recent features that has proven popular with visitors is The Boathouse, where boaters can talk one-on-one with leaders in their field, attend hands-on workshops and receive answers to boating questions. This year’s demonstrations include how to create a non-skid deck surface, patterning and installing faux teak decking, and to how to paint your fiberglass topsides. For more hands-on experience, visitors can also try the Boat Skills Virtual Training and learn manoeuvres such as pivot turns, emergency stopping and docking, without the risk.

Pamela At Work Pamela Bendall Key

There’s also plenty of programming on the presentation stages with free daily seminars on variety of topics from boating at night (Ken Gillstrom), becoming a ‘weather-wise’ boater (Lee Chesneau) and the importance of sustainable oceans (Pamela Bendall). Learn from boating enthusiasts and share in the incredible adventures of accomplished ocean racers and sailors – back this year is Diane Reid (who is also featured in this CYOB issue) and Melissa Mayhew, an environmental and marine scientist, both who were members of the all-female crew that circumnavigated Great Britain.

NEW this year, the Toronto Boat Show will offer all-day seminars, Jan 12, 13 & 14. This three-day symposium (registration and payment required) will provide both the beginning and advanced boater (sail or power) substantive knowledge of value, whether coastal or offshore blue water cruising. It will help boaters to understand why, and more importantly how to predict variable weather scenarios, sea state conditions, plan and execute routing strategies, as well as properly equip and handle your own boat in all weather and sea state situations. The end result is all about gaining confidence in one’s ability to make safe, prudent decisions. The symposium offers a combination of lecture, hands-on exercises and ample time for student Q&A and interaction with the instructor(s).

New this year, the Toronto Boat Show is offering a $5 after 5pm ticket (any day except VIP Preview Day) and free parking after 4pm on weekdays! A great value proposition to accommodate those who prefer to visit the show during the week after work and/or revisit multiple days to see, shop and compare from hundreds of new products and boats. For more information, go to www.torontoboatshow.com.

- Information supplied by TIBS

Cobourg Yacht Club - 2015 Sailing instructorsKatherine Stone

Like many other harbours on Lake Ontario, Cobourg has seen its fair share of changes. Screams used to be heard from kids piled into a toboggan on wheels that went hurtling down a wooden slide into the harbour. Above it all was the bustling din from the waterfront of ship’s whistles, train engines, foghorns and thundering coal cars. It is now a rather serene place for the locals and visitors to enjoy various watercraft. Fortunately, the beautiful beach that lines the waterfront is still a star attraction for the town.

Located 95 kilometres east of Toronto and 62 kilometres east of Oshawa on the north edge of Lake Ontario, United Empire Loyalists first starting arriving in the area as early as the 1780s. The first settlement in 1798 was called Buckville, later renamed Amherst, then called Hamilton (after the township) and also nicknamed Hardscrabble. It wasn’t until 1819 that they finally settled on the name of Cobourg, which was incorporated as a town in 1837. In the late 1820s large schooners with passengers and cargo had to anchor well off shore, as there was only a landing wharf. A group of Toronto businessmen formed the Cobourg Harbour Company which built the wooden Eastern Pier from tolls charged for the use of the harbour.

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Andrew AlbertiIn the past two issues we have been doing an overview of the right-of-way rules. In the first, we did a review of Section A of Part 2, in the second we did a review of the definitions. This issue, we will look at Section B of Part 2, General Limitations, which is essentially limitations applying to boats that have right of way according to Section A.

GENERAL LIMITATIONS

14 AVOIDING CONTACT

A boat shall avoid contact with another boat if reasonably possible. However, a right-of-way boat or one entitled to room or mark-room

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