The fog appears to be lifting

Editor's Message

Mar 24, 2022

With cautious optimism, fingers crossed and tossing a lucky penny into the sea, it looks like there is normality on the horizon. Masks are no longer mandatory in most settings; borders are opening with minimal fuss and any day now people will begin talking to each other.

This has been a very long voyage. Even though we have largely had the luxury of being on boats there were forever restrictions – ports closed to visitors, only family on board, bubbles on the dock, masks in the snack bar.  It seemed like it might never end and even now there are some who feel it may return.  But at least now and hopefully forever, the boating season is getting underway with a minimum of distancing, masking, hand washing and hand wringing. Normal?  I guess we will see but the report we have received indicate everyone is feeling relieved and reasonably optimistic.

Visiting a normal harbour – remember that?

The calendar is getting filled with regattas, boat shows and other events (Click here to see!) Each day brings news of more events as planning gets back to more normal after two years’ worth of jettisoned dates and cancellations. US boats will soon be visiting us. The BVI Spring Regatta is on. The Bay Bridge Show and others are on. Charters are firing up. Icebreaker regattas are imminent.

Not only that but spring arrived on Sunday. Woohoo!

John Morris
Online Editor
Canadian Yachting Magazine

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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