Canadian Couple are Recipients of the 2015 CCA Far Horizon Award



Jan 25, 2016

Far Horizons Award Goes to Kaspar and Trisha Schibli

The CCA’s Far Horizon Award was established 2005 to recognize “a particularly meritorious cruise or series of cruises that exemplify the objects of the Club as stated in its Constitution.” Kaspar and Trisha Schibli of Victoria, British Columbia, were cited for their extensive offshore cruising, including, specifically, their current multi-ocean cruise which they began having already accomplished a five-year 50,000 mile circumnavigation via Japan, Australia, the Suez Canal, the Mediterranean, and the Panama Canal in their lovely 53’ wooden yawl Starfire. In 2005, the Schiblis felt that is was again time to leave Victoria, B. C. and head offshore, this time sailing south down the Pacific, rounding Cape Horn, sailing north up the Atlantic to Argentina, Brazil, Bermuda and the east coasts of the USA and Canada, then on to the west coast of Scotland via the Azores and the west coast of Ireland. The Schiblis arrived in the Hebrides in time to enjoy the Clyde Cruising Club’s Centennial in the Fall of 2010. To no one’s surprise, the Schiblis have been cruising ever since, exploring northern Europe, Scotland, Norway and the Baltic. This past summer they sailed south from Norway to La Rochelle, France via Denmark, Germany and the U.K.

Schibli Far Horizons

All the while the Schiblis have themselves maintained the 1962-built Starfire in Bristol fashion, including installing new steering, completely refitting and re-caulking her bottom, and removing and installing a new teak deck with only a minimum of professional help. They exemplify lofty CCA standards in both seamanship and sociability as is portrayed in Trish Schiblis’ article in the 2015 issue of CCA’s annual magazine Voyages.


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. 

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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.

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