July 25, 2017

Ark RegattaRob Dunbar sent us this wrap-up of this year’s ARK Regatta held at the Bedford Basin Yacht Club on July 8 and 9.

Every July dinghy sailors across Canada, the United States and this year as far away as China congregate at the Bedford Basin Yacht Club to showcase their skills which may very well be the beginning of an elite sailing career. Or at the very least provide young sailors (8-18) with the opportunity to experience an event they will never forget. That is one of the beauties about this regatta. At its inception during the 1970s which has always been held at BBYC, the ARK regatta was a qualifying event for the summer Olympics however as other events took over that role this provided ARK with the opportunity to promote junior sailing to all skill levels and still compete in a CYA sanctioned regatta. Bravo Zulu!!

On the first morning of competition the rain pounded down enthusiastically resulting in a lengthy postponement. Some jokingly said "......we should all get together and start building an ARK". When the rain stopped plans for construction were halted and a platoon of skippers, crews, coaches, parents and volunteers set out to rig and launch 119 boats.

Ark Regatta Sailing

With rigged boats and restless crews waiting for the wind to fill in it was finally launch time. With masterful precision 70 boats were launched side-by-side from the concrete ramp. With pre-raised sails, all boats were launched from the ramp and essentially sailed from the beach which left me in awe. Next up was 49 Opti-International boats to launch which brought nostalgic tears to my eyes as It gave me flashbacks to my own childhood. For it was on this same body of water, the Bedford Basin, better known for the convoys of Allied ships in route to Europe where I was introduced to sailing.

Light sir sailing was the rule of the day which requires steady attention to strategy. A winning skipper pays close attention to: lifts and headers, sail trim, slow tacks, and even more deliberate movement in the cockpit so as not to destroy any kinetic energy. It's these kind of conditions, that instill a solid foundation to anyone's sailing skills and once that is mastered it's much easier to navigate in heavy air.

Bedford BasinAfter a successful day of racing the boats are de-rigged for the night and the rigging and launching process is repeated in the morning. Wow!! That's a lot of work but it goes off with great precision like the Royal Nova Scotia Tattoo. With a slightly higher wind the intense racing continued on all 3 courses reminiscent of the America's Cup.

The overwhelming need for proper organization of both on-shore and on-water logistics dictates that the organizing committee work diligently for many months prior to the regatta. It’s not a simple case of inviting people to the club for some races. Rather, the needs of all competitors must be anticipated which often include: transportation, proper nutrition and sleeping arrangements, boat maintenance if needed, and other items that are far from the public eye like obtaining insurance and site clean-up after the event. Logistics dictates that the organizing committee work diligently for many months prior to the regatta.

Bedford Basin Yacht Club

A regatta of this magnitude calls for meticulous planning by the regatta committee dedicated volunteers and of course none of this could be accomplished without sponsorship support. When it comes to getting quality boat parts Atlantic Canada The Binnacle is at the forefront. On a personal note, I've been shopping at The Binnacle both in person and online for almost 15 years and I often refer to them as a sailor’s Mecca. http://ca.binnacle.com/.

Until Next Year
- RB
Photo Credit: R. Dunbar

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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CY Virtual Video Boat Tours

Virtual Boat ToursWe all love boats and nothing can break us up! So, what better way to spend our time than looking at interesting boats and going aboard in a virtual ride or tour. We have asked our friends at various dealers and manufacturers to help us assemble a one-stop online resource to experience some of the most interesting boats on the market today. Where the CY Team has done a review, we connect you to that expert viewpoint. Our Virtual Show will continue to grow so visit frequently and check it out. If you can’t go boating, you can almost experience the thrill via your screen. Not quite the same, but we hope you enjoy our fine tour collection.

 

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Beneteau Oceanis 30.1As boat builders clamber to create ever-bigger platforms for ever-more generous budgets, the entry-level cruiser has become an elusive animal. Sure, if you want to daysail, there are plenty of small open boats from which to choose, but if you want a freshly built pocket cruiser, you’re in for a long search. Enter French builder Groupe Beneteau, which identified this gap in the market and set about creating the Oceanis 30.1, an adorable little cruiser that resembles her larger siblings in all but length and price. With all she offers, it wouldn’t be a stretch to call her a mini yacht.

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KingstonBy Amy Hogue

Cruise into the city of Kingston, Ontario, and it will quickly become clear that this city and surrounding waterways have something special. Built around the northern shore of Lake Ontario, Kingston is the place to go if you love to explore new waterways, fantastic views, and exceptional boating opportunities.

Sitting at the intersection of three world-class Canadian bodies of water, Lake Ontario, the St. Lawrence River, and the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Rideau Canal (Cataraqui River from Kingston to Newboro), the water’s influence is deeply woven into Kingston’s culture and history. 

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