Victoria Sailors Heading Down the Road to Rio

Victoria Road to Rio

June 5, 2016

The countdown continues with only five months until the 2016 Rio Olympic Games and six months until the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Once again, Victoria sailors will have a strong presence. Bruce Millar, Jackie Gay and John McRoberts of the Royal Victoria Yacht Club have been nominated by Sail Canada as part of an elite group of ten sailors representing Canada.

Bruce Millar is nominated in the International 2.4mR class in the Paralympics. This will be Millar’s fourth Paralympic Games. He secured a silver medal at the most recent Miami World Cup, sailing this one-person keel boat. Jackie Gay and John McRoberts will compete in the Paralympic SKUD event. They recently earned the silver medal at the 2015 Lake Garda Sailing Week in the SKUD, an 18 foot high performance sailboat designed for sailors with disabilities. The SKUD makes its first Paralympics appearance in Rio in 2016.

Official Olympic and Paralympic team announcements will be made by Sail Canada in collaboration with the Canadian Paralympic Committee, once nominations have been formally approved in June. In the meantime, Victoria’s sailors will be seen further honing their skills on the waters of Oak Bay and Cadboro Bay.


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

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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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