Danger In SpainThis wasn’t part of the plan. Four months ago, I was in Miami. A friend of mine, a fellow Canadian, had bought a boat and was planning to head out around the world. Given that she had absolutely no sailing experience, she asked me to come along.

Sarah Douglas Rolex Sailor of the YearLast Friday at the Carlu in Toronto, Sarah Douglas from Ashbridges Bay Yacht Club was honoured with the most prestigious national sailing award of the year.

Doug Anderson Doug’s pathway to a career in marine service is a unique one. A few years ago, as his retirement date with the Canadian Armed Forces drew closer, Doug began planning an exit strategy to transition into a productive civilian life.

Sarah Douglas and her Laser RadialIn 1969, Canadian Bruce Kirby designed the Laser one-person sailboat that has revolutionized racing and is a huge part of international competition. The Laser became an Olympic-class boat at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.

LynnIn 2008, Pat and Lynn Lortie said goodbye to their everyday life to pursue their dream; making their way into the Great Loop and head out on a three-year sailing odyssey.

Wet Balsa Core Around FittingWith old boats every repair seems to uncover something else needing attention.  Removing the top rudder bearing and enlarging the opening for the new bearing revealed an area of wet balsa core.

Tom RamshawCanadian Sailing Team member, Tom Ramshaw, put his training to the test at the 2019 Finn Gold Cup in Melbourne, Australia last month. Competing against some of the best Finn sailors in the world, this event saw various conditions, from being stuck ashore with no wind to record-breaking 40C days with 15 knots.

Mark LammensOn November 13 Sail Canada, the national governing body for the sport of sailing, announced Mark Lammens as the Helly Hansen Sailor of the Month.

Katie at WheelThis week, Katie Nicoll, writer and boat reviewer for Canadian Yachting will be receiving the Ontario Sailing Volunteer of the Year award.

The Mystery ShipIn the dark hours of November 9, 1913, death screamed across the Great Lakes in the guise of a rare white hurricane. The Storm continued to brutalize the region for most of the following week. 

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