Broad Reach Canada: 2023 Spring Thaw Luncheon – 30th Annual GTHA Season Celebration Features Billy Gooderham


Mar 23, 2023

engaging youth on board for free

For many years, as the snow begun to thaw, the boating community has gathered at the Boulevard Club in Toronto to celebrate the start of a new season. Marjorie Patterson was the original host and driving force behind YSTL, and now Broad Reach Canada carries on that tradition restoring Spring Thaw to its rightful place in the calendar of GTHA’s sailing and power boating community.

All proceeds from the 2023 Spring Thaw Luncheon will support programs which Broad Reach Canada has been providing to disadvantaged youth for 25 years – absolutely free of charge.

billy gooderham 400Billy Gooderham, flight controller for Canada’s SailGP Team

Broad Reach Canada is honoured to have Billy Gooderham, CANSailGP Flight Controller, as keynote speaker, toprovide an illustrated update on the Canada SailGP Team from the KPMG Australia Sail Grand Prix in Sydney.

The event will be held on Friday, March 31st, from 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM at the Boulevard Club on Lakeshore Blvd. W. Tables of 10 and single tickets are available for $80  in advance,  $125pp at the door.  Each ticket comes with a $40 tax receipt. Good spirits, good humour, and great conversations, a gourmet buffet, a welcome drink, plus door and raffle prizes, a cash bar, free parking. For tickets go here:

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Broad Reach Canada is a Canadian charity BN891674525 founded in 1998, which engages youth in skills and knowledge development through sailing. The support of Toronto’s sailing and boating community motivates and sustains our work and impact.

This is our 25th year of community service and in collaboration with tall ship sail training partners, in 2023 we will again engage hundreds of youth in a transformative sailing experience.

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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