Rob Butler & Team Touch2Play – Helly Hansen Sailor of the Month for May

Rob Butler and Team

June 14, 2018

It’s been a busy month for the Touch2Play team, competing in Les Voiles de St Barth at the beginning of April (14th-20th), followed by the Antigua Sailing Week (April 28th – May 4th), the crew has been giving it their all.

The team lead by Rob Butler from the Collingwood Yacht Club, comprises a crew of nine sailors, including Canadians Peter Berridge, Troy Farncombe, and Ken I’Anson.

Racing on a Reflex 38, the Canadians, Americans and Trinidadian raced against strong international competition and through some challenging weather. This did not stop the crew from placing 3rd overall in both events.


Results can be found here for Les Voiles de St Barth and here for the Antigua Sailing Week.

Sail Canada’s Sailor of the Month award acknowledges sailing achievements by Canadians involved or associated with the sport in all its forms.

– Sail Canada

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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