FendersThere are two POTWs this time. The reason? Guilt. We are picking up the first one from the internet – that’s a cheap source of great boat photos but, to be honest, it’s almost too easy. Still this shot is impossible to resist.

POTWOur own Ask Andrew ‘floated his Fanny down the Ganny’ in the annual boat race held on Ganaraska river in Port Hope, commemorating the 1980 flood in downtown Port Hope. This years race was April 9, 2022…..Andrew finished 14th out of 49.

Luna RossaWhile there’s all kinds of discussion, particularly in NZ, about the plan to defend the 37th America’s Cup in Spain rather than in home waters, the Italian team, Luna Rossa, responded in a natural continental way, by introducing a new watch.

Zach and TimThis week you get two photos that came to us just recently from the Martin 242 Fleets in BC. The shots tell the same story – new owners posing beside their new to them Martin 242s.

Living FlagWe are boaters in Florida, and have been for the last 50 years. Most of journeys are local which is the Miami Beach area. But over the years we have taken our boat to Key West, FL., Jacksonville, FL., Indiantown, FL. and the Bahamas.

SeasprayWe got this beauty from Don Snell of the Sea Spray Class in Alberta who proudly reminds us “the SeaSpray is an excellent one person catamaran with numerous advantages over other catamaran classes.

POTWOur Photo of the Week is a good one, but it comes from our correspondent D Danger, currently in Spain so who knows where it originated. The other thing is that these boats are being squeezed out on the start, but no one appears to be screaming or panicking to the level we might expect.

POTW Best SailorBoredom created by the latest lock-in has left us digging through the basement apparent from this clipping sent our way by Roger Renaud, whose crew from years ago, Rob Cochrane, was the winner in the 1984 Best Dressed Sailor Award. Timeless fashion.

Photo of the SeasonWe have had Christmas tree photos in years past, but this topper says it all. Like the traditional star atop the tree, this windex guides us in right direction all year long.

POTWThis meme-type picture came to us from Dennis McCallum of St Catherines ON who has earned the right to relax. A sailor for years and years here, all over the US east coast and beyond, Dennis is now re-building an Albin trawler and switching to the power side of life.

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