Sixty-seven Tollycraft yachts 24 to 61’ in length and from home ports from Powell River to Redondo Beach, California gathered at Telegraph Harbour Marina September 13-16 for the 24th annual Canadian Tollycruiser Rendezvous. This year’s theme was the “Tolly Circus” and crew costumes reflected this, as did the pet parade. As always, food was front and centre with a corn and rib night, burger and beer lunch on shore, potluck appies, a Saturday cook-off and the usual Saturday night barbecue. Sunday morning it was the famous beer batter Tollycraft pancakes on the dock, along with some cool mimosas.

Sail and Life Training Society (SALTS) has relocated its office, moorage and maintenance facilities from its home of nearly 25 years at Hope Point Shipyard on Victoria’s Upper Harbour. The shipyard is slated for redevelopment that will no longer accommodate SALTS. The office has moved to 451 Herald Street above the Canoe Brewpub in a brick-and timber-heritage building that once housed the coal-powered electric generators that powered Victoria's streetlights. The office overlooks Canoe Marina, where the society’s tall ships will moor in winter and donated vessels will moor year-round. The ships will continue to operate from Ship Point Wharf during sailing season.

Groupe Beneteau has just announced changes within Beneteau America’s leadership team. Wayne Burdick has been elevated to a more strategic role in Groupe Beneteau, as the President of the holding company for the different US Groupe entities, and Laurent Fabre, formerly the director of sales and marketing for Beneteau's North American powerboats division, has been tapped to replace Burdick as president of Beneteau America.

Under Burdick’s direction as president of Beneteau in North America since 1997, Beneteau became the leading brand of high quality production sailboats in the U.S.

John Petersen, President of Marlow Hunter Marine presented Lawrence Fronczek, President of Specialty Yachts in Vancouver with the Dealer of the Year Award for 2012.

The National Sailing Center & Hall of Fame (NSHOF) has announced the nine sailors who will make up its 2012 class of inductees into the National Sailing Hall of Fame. Following a two-month period this spring during which sailors from all corners of the country nominated their choice for induction, a selection committee – made up of representatives from the national governing body, the sailing media, the sailing industry, community sailing, a maritime museum, NSHOF founding yacht clubs and the 2011 class of inductees – reviewed the broad spectrum of nominations.

Mosquito Creek Marina’s 6th annual Boat Show at the Creek promises to bring at least 150 power and sailboats to the North Shore facility. Sponsored by the BC Yacht Brokers Association, this is the South Coast’s major fall floating boat show. Exhibits also include marine vendors and suppliers “on the water” in booths on a floating platform.

Show features this year include moorage for show-goers who arrive by boat ($25 per day plus special fuel dock rates), dedicated slips for sea-trial use and quiet rooms for broker-client meetings, daily educational seminars on site, children’s activities and canoe races.

These popular multi-day courses are being offered in September and October 2012 at the Maritime Centre in Cowichan Bay. The kayak is a 16’ Resolute model, while the canoe is a 15’ Freedom model, both designed by Steve Killing. Depending on attendance, multiple examples will be built by the participants. During the program they will learn all the steps of building a cedar-strip vessel. This includes interpreting drawings, setting up molds, building the keel and stems and forming the hull from bead-and-cove cedar strips. Fiberglass and epoxy will complete the hull. Following the “turn over” the class will lean the installation of coamings, seats, thwarts, and gunwales, and other finishing components.

We all hate seeing litter on our favourite beaches and shorelines. You can pitch in and do something about the mess during the annual Great Canadian Shore Cleanup September 15-23. Volunteers are invited to join this year’s 18th annual cleanup, sponsored by Vancouver Aquarium and World Wildlife Fund Canada. You can join an existing cleanup, or lead a new cleanup as site coordinator on a shoreline near you.

The aquarium has led cleanups since 1994, when volunteers swept a shoreline in Vancouver’s Stanley Park. The program has operated nationally since 2002.

Station 29 is sponsored by the Ladysmith and District Marine Rescue Society and provides marine search and rescue services for the northern section of the Gulf Islands, including the islands and waters between Dodd Narrows to the north and Sansum Narrows to the south. The 24 active members provide 24/7 response for marine emergencies as well as community education and public safety services. Their current response vessel is a 25’ Zodiac Hurricane RIB and the society is currently fundraising to purchase a new response vessel in 2014. This vessel, to be built on Vancouver Island, will greatly enhance operational and medical first aid responsiveness.

Seattle’s 34th annual Lake Union Boats Afloat Show begins Wednesday, September 12 and continues through Sunday, September 16, 2012. The show is open from 11 am to 7 pm weekdays and 10 am to 6 pm weekends.

More than 50 brands of yachts and 50 brokers and dealers from Washington, Oregon, California, Florida, and British Columbia will display their yachts. Yachts represented will include Ocean Alexander, Selene, Westport, Kadey-Krogen, American Tug, Regal, Jeanneau, Navigator, Hunter, Catalina, Riviera, Sea Ray and many more.

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