PortsWe were torn this week. So many photos came rolling in now that everyone is on their boat. It was tough to ignore this beauty from the RCYC Paddlethon, but it got into our issue here.

Distant BoatersThis picture was taken by a friend who shall remain anonymous for reasons of potential litigation. We even went to the trouble of using PhotoShop to “blurr” the faces in case the people here are not all from the same household. (as if…)

Rideau LeBoat Bruce KempThis interesting shot is one you will remember. It comes to POTW from our pal, photographer and writer Bruce Kemp.

New NeptunusCanadian Yachting Editor, Andy Adams, had the camera handy in St. Catharines, Ontario the other day as Neptunus Yachts’ latest new yacht, a 65 Flybridge, arrived at the marina yard in preparation for launch. The lucky new owners will be taking the yacht to Georgian Bay.

Matt and CoreyIn Mid June, a floatplane plunged into Constance Bay on the Ottawa River after two planes collide near Arnprior. The outcome could have been much worse for the pilot if not for the fast action of a few friends out boating on Sunday afternoon.

Back at itHey, I wanted to submit this photo for photo of the week!! Our little guy was super excited to get another boat in the water! Heading towards Big Dog Channel. Just in front of Beausoleil Island.

Sarah and ChrisIt’s a COVID moment we will likely all remember. Our photo of the week of Sarah and Chris was taken just a few days ago when they finally got their Rinker launched. You can see the joy these boaters.

POTWThis line-up of Beneteaus can to us from our friends at RCR Yachts in NY State where they are getting launched. Tarps nicely folded and gleaming, the boats are eager.

VOTWOur Video of the Week comes from a time of lockdown from D. Danger, our own man of adventure. Setting off for Spain, he ended up unable to continue and sends this report about facing hardship in a foreign land.

POTWOn one of the sunny days we had recently, Kyle MacTaggart in Honey Harbour ON fired up the Merc to get in the mood. Will we be out there on the water any time soon, Kyle? Thanks for the photo!!!!

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