Editor’s notebook – aargh!

RORC Caribbean

Feb 10, 2022

Your editor was pounding the keys and reading boating news diligently while trying hard not to look out the window. Without checking, I knew that I would see acres of snow, icicles and shivering pedestrians in toques. Yes, I get it – this is Canada so quit whining.

Then, into my mailbox arrives a notice that the flag drops on the Caribbean 600 in just 11 days. Like many of us, I have been mostly staying home but as the temp stays sub-zero, my resolute stance is wavering.

Whether you’re a racing sailor, cruiser or even if you have never been on a sailboat before, the Caribbean race circuit is a lot of fun. Since it’s mostly larger boats, you can contribute by providing rail meat. Sitting on the high side provides a superb vantage to admire the dramatic cliffs and lush shorelines – the Caribbean 600 starts in Antigua and encompasses 11 islands.

Everyone agrees enough is enough; if like me you’d prefer to be wearing shorts and enjoying the sparkling waters, we can only look ahead to 1. Spring launch and summer afloat and 2. Next fall/winter when a boat experience somewhere warm is already inked in a certainty. I hope.

John Morris
Online Editor
Canadian Yachting Magazine


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