Presentations on Marine Mammals and Boater Safety and Stewardship Are Available!

Apr 8, 2021

Get ready for the upcoming boating season by reviewing your knowledge of safe boating practices around large whales!

In February, two presentations were provided at the first ever virtual Vancouver International Boat Show by Environmental Committee member Jackie Hildering.

She included content from the CPS-ECP #BoatBlue Boater Education resource in both presentations adding her expertise as a Humpback Researcher with the Marine Education and Research Society (MERS). The presentations centered on the return of large whales, particularly Humpback Whales, in BC waters, and how it has changed the game for boaters.
Information regarding the laws and best practices, to protect both whales and boaters, was shared.

MERS also recently partnered with Tourism Vancouver Island and the North Island Marine Mammal Stewardship Association (NIMMSA) to develop a workshop on ethical advertising: “Where the Whales Are: Best Practices for Marine Mammal Viewing Experiences”. The workshop notably covers best practices for sharing sightings on social media. The recommendations put forth in that workshop can apply to marine mammal viewing around the world.

If you missed these presentations, fear not! Recorded versions of all these webinars are available here: mersociety.org/presentations. Happy viewing!
Visit boatblue.ca for more information on how to be a responsible boater and participate in the health and conservation of our waterways.


Neptunus 650F Review

Neptunus 650F 400

By Andy Adams

Over the years Canadian Yachting has had the pleasure of doing several boat review articles on new Neptunus models and we are familiar with the qualities that Neptunus is famous for. They have all been exceptional yachts, but this is the one I would most want to own myself. It’s a personal choice and a matter of taste as to whether you would prefer to have a sedan express model or a flybridge but in my opinion, the flybridge layout offers some wonderful attributes.

We met with Neptunus Managing Director Jan Willem De Jong this past fall to take the new Neptunus 650F out in Lake Ontario. 

Read More


Destinations

The Other Virgin Islands

Sunset off St John

By Mark Stevens

I was first seduced by the United States Virgin Islands during a ferry ride from St. Thomas to Tortola to begin one of our earliest British Virgin Islands charters nearly twenty years ago.

A perfect sunset off St. John with St. Thomas views for backdrop.

Clearing Pillsbury Sound, surrounded by voluptuous emerald mountains as the ferry sliced through royal blue waters, I was struck by the unspoiled ambiance of St. John, the island gliding past our starboard beam and the irresistible charm of a village called Cruz Bay visible from our quarter stern.

Read More