Grenada 2020Touch2Play Racing started the 2020 Caribbean season off at Grenada Race Week. While not the largest event on the Circuit it has a certain charm that can’t be beat.

LYRA RaceweekFrom July 26 to August 2, 2020 the Sodus Bay Yacht Club is hosting the historic Lake Yacht Racing Association 135st Annual Regatta. This will be the 12th time that SBYC has hosted this prestige Regatta with racers from all around Lake Ontario, Eastern Lake Erie, the Finger Lakes, and the St Lawrence Seaway.

2020 Race WeekWhidbey Island Race Week LLC announced March 28 that Point Roberts has been chosen as the new venue for Race Week beginning in 2020. The event will be named Point Roberts Race Week and the date of the event will be July13-17, 2020.

Knot Tying SkillsAs part of Chester Race Week this year, Helly Hansen once again awarded a Grand Prize of a trip on an Ocean Race Yacht with Atlas Ocean Racing between Bermuda and Halifax in May 2020. 

On The WaterHosted by the Chester Yacht Club in the picturesque South-Shore Nova Scotia village of Chester in mid-August each year, Helly Hansen Chester Race Week is Canada’s largest keelboat regatta (four days of sailing) and plays host to more than 120 boats from near and far. Chester’s sailing regattas were first documented in 1856.

2019 Youth RadialsLess than half a dozen hours before racing was scheduled to start, most of the forecast models were showing conditions that would be adequate for competing, with a southwest breeze around seven or eight knots. 

Bobby Cragg - photo by Tim WilkesGetting his Peterson 29 Foxy Lady ready for what will be his 53rd consecutive Chester Race Week - likely the regatta’s longest unbroken competitive run - 73-year-old Halifax criminal defense attorney Robert Cragg clarifies that he skippered all 52 consecutive regattas since his first in 1967 aboard the 37-foot Chester C-Class sloop Eclipse (hull #7).

North Channel Race WinnersThe 2019 North Channel Race Week (NCRW) closed out this past Friday, July 26. The five day / five stage race started in Hilton Beach and finished on Friday in Little Current on Manitoulin Island.

At The DocksLYRA 2019 is a GO!! The Oakville Clubs are pleased to announce that despite historic water levels on the Great Lakes, they are on track with 2019 LYRA Race Week and are planning for an equally historic Regatta.

Pink Dinghy Poker runRegistration is now open for the 4th Annual Pink Dinghy Poker Run! Where:  Beausoleil Island/Honey Harbour; When:  July 13, 2019 11am to 4pm. “Only 100 hands available - and we sold out last year!”

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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. 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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Hanse 418By Katherine Stone

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The expression that came to mind immediately was “Sweet Ride” – and I wasn’t referring to the latest ride at the CNE, a chairlift, or a new Mercedes – it was the new Hanse 418, as it cleanly cut through the water in a gusty 15-20 knot breeze averaging 6-8 knots on Lake Ontario. She was easy to steer and manoeuver even in the big gusts. The extra length over the 388 has made a big difference, with German architects Judel/Vrolijk focusing on updates to the deck layout, cockpit and stern.

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