Cathy Shaw Wins Canadian Womens Keelboat Championships

Cathy Shaw

Congratulations to Cathy Shaw from the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron for capturing the 2013 Canadian Women’s Keelboat Championship. The championship was hosted by the Bedford Basin Yacht Club and the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron and held at RNSYS.

The 3 day Championship – sailed in J22s – saw 40 women from Nova Scotia, British Columbia, Ontario and Manitoba. Light breeze and sunny skies on Sunday saw the last of 9 races with the top three line up going to Cathy Shaw and team from RNSYS, 2nd place to Michele Cimon of Nepean Yacht Club and her team, and 3rd to Karen Fowler and team from BBYC.

The Sail Canada Women’s Keelboat Championships are held annualy at a member club. The venue rotates around the country and is selected based on availability of a fleet of one design keelboats for use by competitors.

Pictured from left; Gillian Graves, Leanne Gillis, Lynne Simmons, Cathy Shaw
Read the full story and see the results here.

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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