Surprises and not surprises

American Magic


Jan 28, 2021

American Magic survived capsize. The boo-boo is now repaired and the bandage pays tribute to the competing teams that saved the American entry from sinking.

Just when you think you know, it turns out you don’t. For example, I was already getting bored with the America’s Cup.  Yeah, yeah, fast boats but here come the Americans scalding by the Brits to ultimately lose to the NZ boat.  But no, it hasn’t gone like that at all!  Just before American Magic nearly sank and the British sailors were revealed as geniuses, there had been talk of going back to 12s because the foilers were too expensive and overly tech. Now we are looking to the next round with riveted excitement. So, stay tuned as this rolls out.

How about those Olympics. Cancelled?  Not cancelled?  Again, stay tuned.

As we drift aimlessly around our locked down home/home office/prisons it’s hard not to look ahead to spring. It will be glorious.  Based on last year’s summer we will be able to launch and enjoy our boats. But what will that look like in 2021?  Family only? Bubble guests? Racing?  Cruising? Isolation?

If you already own a boat, you’re in a fortunate situation.  With travel and most expenditures off the table Canadians are jumping on board, literally.  Boat sales here and south of the border are off the charts and as a result, some models are as scarce as vaccine. The pre-owned listings are reduced. Many new boaters are joining our ranks, if they can find a boat.

We have always known this was a brilliant way to spend one’s time. Fresh air, scenic waterways, lots of comfort, useful exercise. A boat is all things: cottage, DIY maintenance project, reason to buy stuff, a nice platform for dining and snacking. Of course, hospitality and friendship is central to most boating experiences and that is likely curtailed.

With all the positive energy we can muster, we are hoping Canadians are safe enough to return to normal. If not, even normal-ish boating is a gift. Can’t wait.

John Morris, Online Editor


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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