Sept 13, 2018

Mobility Cup 1By Rob Dunbar

Rick Hansen’s Man in Motion tour of 1985-1987 was an epic event that has created an incredible legacy. His goal to bring disability awareness to the general population have far surpassed those expectations.

With then British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s gift to Rick of the world’s first adaptable sailboat the first Mobility Cup was chaired by Sam Sullivan in 1991 prior to him becoming Mayor of Vancouver. This year the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron (RNSYS) in conjunction with Sailable NS, the regatta made its third appearance in Halifax Harbour. Canada’s annual regatta for sailors with disabilities promotes independent sailing at both the recreational and competitive level.

Mobility Cup 2How competitive is it? Look no further than this year’s regatta Chair, Paralympic Gold Medallist in Beijing 2008 and World Champion 2009, Paul Tingley who is also regarded as one of Canada’s premier sailors. But it’s not all about competition. The participants are placed in either the Silver or Gold fleet. Gold is for the seasoned veteran of sailing and silver is for the new participants to the sport. The common thread being that all are out to have fun and leave the wheelchair at the dock. “……to leave the wheelchair at the dock to enjoy complete freedom and be in control is truly an empowering feeling” says co-organizer Kevin Penny.

Mobility Cup 3This year’s rendition has 32 sailors, 14 in the Gold fleet and 18 in the Silver fleet, representing 7 provinces as well as representation from the United States. After a week of hot racing in a very hot summer of fickle to fair winds the top 3 placing in the Silver Fleet were Nicole Flynn (Ont), Antoine Robert (PQ) and in first place Doreen Ames (Ont). Top three placings in the Gold Fleet went to: Alyssa Beliveau (NB) Murray Brown (NS) and the winner of the Mobility Cup is Brian Peckover (Ont)

Of course, the success of a regatta like Mobility Cup relies heavily on long time sponsors like CN Rail and this year’s Anchor sponsor, Clearwater Seafood. In any regatta the sailors get the glory but it’s the unsung heroes behind the scenes that make a regatta successful. Both on-water and on-shore logistics dictate that the organizing committee and dedicated volunteers work diligently for many months prior to the regatta. All at the mercy of Mother Nature. A small army of dedicated volunteers, headed by the organizing committee of Sailable NS, came together to make Mobility Cup 2018 a huge success and the co-operation of long-time partner RNSYS is greatly appreciated. All sailors, sponsors and volunteers stand out as winners at Mobility Cup.

Photos are by Jerry Lockett a Halifax based film-maker, author and photographer

www.jerrylockett.ca

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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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