Victoria-based SALTS (Sail and Life Training Society) has received a donation of a 69’ yacht recently appraised at $1 million. Florida-based businessman and philanthropist James C. Ray donated his sloop Tango which is moored in Sidney. SALTS is now seeking a buyer for the yacht so funds gained from the sale can be used to help construct a new 140-foot wooden schooner. The new ship will provide sail training to teens and young adults alongside the society’s two existing ships. Ray’s private foundation has also pledged an additional $250,000 toward the project to be given at a future date.

Hundreds of pirates – and their parents – gathered at yacht clubs in Vancouver, Victoria and Kelowna in June for this year’s Boat for Hope. Hosted by Variety - the Children’s Charity, Boat for Hope offers children who have special needs and their families a fun, easy day of on-water pirating adventures, in which they board boats decked out in pirate gear and crewed by their owners, who truly dive into the spirit of the day.

Vancouver’s Boat for Hope is in its 14th year and staged at the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club with extensive support from club members, other yacht clubs and power squadrons. Boat for Hope is now also staged in Ireland and Australia.

The 2012 National Bank Easter Seals WAVES Regatta drew 169 dinghies and keelboats to Royal Vancouver Yacht Club June 23-24, raising $175,000 to support operations at Vancouver’s Easter Seals House.

WAVES is produced annually by the BC Lions Society for Children with Disabilities in partnership with RVYC.

Catch Me, skippered by Philip Cragg, won the Easter Seals Cup, while top fundraising sailor was once again Rick Reynolds, who secured $7,000 in boat sponsorships.

Martin 242 Fleet One Vancouver hosts the class’s 2012 North American Championship September 21-23 on English Bay. The regatta has been expanded to three days to increase competitiveness and respect the distance travelled by racers from Vancouver Island, Alberta, Oregon and California.

A BC design, the M242 is a highly competitive class that maintains strong fleets on the West Coast. Over 300 boats have been built since 1981 and are many are still competitive today.

Richard Bee, Chief Commander of the Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons is pleased to report that the organization has completed the search process and hired a new Executive Director. Their new Executive Director is Walter Kowalchuk. He will be joining CPS-ECP on September 4, 2012. Walter was born and raised in Edmonton Alberta and moved to the Toronto area in 1984. He is married with two children. His wife Susan is the Program Manager with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peel.

The sale to Marlow Acquisitions, LLC, for all of the assets of Hunter Marine Corporation, and selected assets of Mainship Corporation and Luhrs Corporation has closed, according to John T. Peterson, President of Hunter and Chief Restructuring Officer/Treasurer of Morgan Industries Corporation, the holding company of Mainship and Luhrs. “With this behind us it is time to shift all our resources to get back to the task at hand, building and marketing boats”, stated Peterson.

On July 7th, Buckeye Marine will host Ontario’s only Wake Surf competition at an all new location-Garnet Graham Park in Fenelon Falls. This exciting location is only one of the upgrades to an annual event hosted by Buckeye called Mastercraft’s Big Day Out.

“We are so happy to be offering this premier event in Fenelon Falls. This great new location and the addition of a rock climbing wall, paddle boarding, and live entertainment are sure to add to the excitement!” states Carly Poole, marketing co-ordinator for Buckeye.

Uncharted Waters: Toronto’s Enigmatic Harbour is opening on Thursday, June 21, 2012.

Harbourfront Centre is proud to announce the opening of Uncharted Waters: Toronto’s Enigmatic Harbour presented with the assistance of the Toronto Port Authority. This outdoor exhibition, held in Canada’s biggest outdoor exhibition space, features work by six of the nation’s premier artists exploring the various facets of Canada’s largest inland port.

An exciting new feature of the Discover Boating campaign is the Facebook Movie Maker.

For people who love boating (and who doesn't!) the Discover Boating ad campaign has just launched the new Facebook "Welcome to the Water Movie Maker" app. The movie maker app is LIVE on Facebook.com/DiscoverBoatingCanada "Welcome to the Water Movie Maker" and it enables boaters to create their own customized short boating movie using photos of their favourite boating memories.

Ladies Only! This is an opportunity to learn how to be comfortable behind the helm of your boat.

Skyline Marina welcomes you to join Ladies At The Helm and spend some time learning the basic handling skills that will make you more able at the helm and give you a better understanding of how to manoeuvre a pleasure boat.

Expert instructors, on beautiful Sea Ray boats using both single engine and twin engine with Axius (Joystick technology) engines,

Lifestyle

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DIY & How to

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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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Boat Reviews

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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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Destinations

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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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Marine Products

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No wires to install down your mast. Transmit to smartphone/tablet. Works with lots of great ...
Vesper Cortex, the advanced multi-station VHF, AIS, monitor with intuitive touchscreen operation is ...
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The Nebo FIXR features an easy, portable solution for all your everyday tools.