Apr 11, 2019

Beach Cleaning EnitiativeAt the end of last month, Canadian sailors gathered on the Palma Beach in Palma de Mallorca, Spain where they were competing in an important European regatta, to complete an hour-long beach clean-up.

The Canadian Sailors Clean Water Initiative, developed by Hugh Macrae, Canadian Team Laser sailor from Kingston, ON, has been designed to protect the waters we sail on, by reducing the amount of plastic waste within them.

Hugh MacraeSail Canada’s National Performance Coach, Ken Dool notes “The environment and specifically the water is every sailor's responsibility to protect. The beach cleanup effort in Palma by a contingent of Canadian sailors is doing our part to help preserve the environment.”

These sailors are taking matters into their own hands to start making a difference, and inspiring people across the world to do the same. Hugh comments, “It’s really important that we all have a biosphere conscience. It comes down to being able to enjoy oceans and lakes and ensuring they are maintained. Cleaning up materials that don’t biodegrade is a small task that has an immediate effect while also spreading awareness of maintaining our oceans and lakes.”

Hugh Macrae of Kingston

The beach clean-up in Palma is only the start, as this initiative will gather Canadian sailors for an hour as they travel to various locations to train and compete, making a positive environmental change one day at a time. “On the international sailing circuit, we train and compete in some of the most outstanding locations in the world.” Ken comments, “chipping in and collecting waste from the beaches and the water helps keep these venues vibrant, in the ongoing battle to reduce plastic waste in our waterways.”

Shrink Wrap2020 is a year of change – self-isolation, social distancing, quarantine, and working remotely have become the norm. For many, this has been a bitter pill to swallow. Another bitter pill for boaters is the delay of the season. Provincial laws differ – so terms like ‘essential’ aren’t translating widely across the marine world.

In BC, marinas remain open and fuel is available, sometimes with conditions. In Ontario, marinas, boat launches, yacht clubs and the professionals that service the marine industry aren’t considered essential, unless the service and location allows a person to access their permanent residence only accessible by boat.

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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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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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