News from The Toronto Boat Show

Buy a Boat Winners

May 23, 2019

Buy a Boat & Win

On Friday May 3, the winner of the 2019 Toronto International Boat Show’s “Buy a Boat & Win $10,000” contest received their cheque at Gordon Bay Marine in MacTier, ON. Jason & Lori Hunt of Cambridge, ON,  Lake Huron boaters, bought a 16’ Bayliner Element at the recent TIBS show and the $10,000 went towards the purchase of their boat. 

The Buy a Boat & Win contest, sponsored by RBC, encourages visitors to finalize boat purchases before the end of the show.  A fine idea!

Photo left to right:
Cynthia Hare, Show Manager TIBS
Lori & Jason Hunt, Cambridge (winners)
Taylor Mombourquette, Gordon Bay Marine



Preview Day

The Toronto International Boat Show visitors raised $30,571.31 at the 2019 January Preview Day supporting children’s charities, helping kids find calmer waters. 

The Funds are equally divided among three charities: Toronto Star Fresh Air Fund, Ontario Sailing Access Boom Program, and CNIB Lake Joseph Centre

Preview Day, January 2019 was the 20th Anniversary; over the course of 20 years, TIBS has helped raise some $865,000 for initiatives that are close to the hearts of the boating community. Mark your calendar for next year’s Preview Day – Friday, January 17, 2020

TIBS Charity Partners ChequePhoto Left to right:
Barb Mrozek, Toronto Star Fresh Air Fund
Glenn Lethbridge, Ontario Sailing
Samah Chowdhury, CNIB Lake Joseph Centre
Cynthia Hare, Toronto Boat Show

Neptunus 650F Review

Neptunus 650F 400

By Andy Adams

Over the years Canadian Yachting has had the pleasure of doing several boat review articles on new Neptunus models and we are familiar with the qualities that Neptunus is famous for. They have all been exceptional yachts, but this is the one I would most want to own myself. It’s a personal choice and a matter of taste as to whether you would prefer to have a sedan express model or a flybridge but in my opinion, the flybridge layout offers some wonderful attributes.

We met with Neptunus Managing Director Jan Willem De Jong this past fall to take the new Neptunus 650F out in Lake Ontario. 

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The Other Virgin Islands

Sunset off St John

By Mark Stevens

I was first seduced by the United States Virgin Islands during a ferry ride from St. Thomas to Tortola to begin one of our earliest British Virgin Islands charters nearly twenty years ago.

A perfect sunset off St. John with St. Thomas views for backdrop.

Clearing Pillsbury Sound, surrounded by voluptuous emerald mountains as the ferry sliced through royal blue waters, I was struck by the unspoiled ambiance of St. John, the island gliding past our starboard beam and the irresistible charm of a village called Cruz Bay visible from our quarter stern.

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