Q&A – Spring 2020
By Eric Smith | Shining Waters Marine
COVID-19 and Boating? What else can I do?
We have had a few customers decide not to launch their boat due to COVID-19 this season.
However, we see this as an opportunity for you to enjoy the boating season with your family or alone regardless if you launch or not for the season.
If you have opted to stay out of the water for the season, all those years of “I’ll do it next season” projects could start to get checked off the list.
If you ...
Armdale Yacht Club: Keeps Sailing Tradition Alive
Nestled at the head of Halifax Harbour’s Northwest Arm on historic Melville Island is the Armdale Yacht Club (AYC).
Founded in 1937, the Club is home for approximately 150 boats, boosts around 300 members, provides berthage for visiting yachts, has a thriving Learn to Sail program and usually a full schedule of social and sporting events.
While this year will be different because of COVID-19, “members are very optimistic about the boating season since the bubble has been expanded to ...
Gran Turismo 40: Love at First Sight
The Gran Turismo range of sports cruisers will charm and thrill you.
Racy lines draw the eye while the airy, spacious and secure cockpit is a delight. Whether in ‘dolce vita’ or sporting mode, her high-performance twin engines ensure that those who step aboard will live life to the full.
The Gran Tursimo 40 recreates the sport cruiser concept. Designed by the talented hands of Nuvolari and Lenard, this novel variation offers as much pleasure to the eye as sensations and driving. The ...
First 18: Sailing Reinvented
Competitive sailing is entering a new era with high-spirited boats designed for family and friends. Fun, Intuitive, tough, simple, smart: a brilliant reinvention of the FIRST legend!
There’s an air of adventure about the First 18. Combining all the pleasures of dinghy sailing, her versatility appeals as much to expert regatta racers as it does to novices who dream of coastal raids with family or friends.
Stable and lightweight, with a planing hull and high-performance rigging, the First ...
Oceanis 41.1: Performance at Sea
Living on board an Oceanis is a lifestyle in its own right. Her swiftness and safety find an echo in her elegance, comfort and a feeling of well-being. Each new Oceanis requires the passionate commitment of architects and designers, whose challenge it is to extend the limits of space, while increasing the craft’s performance at sea.
FINOT-CONQ ARCHITECTS: In forty years, Jean-Marie Finot and Pascal Conq have forged the reputation of designing perfectly balanced and admirably seaworthy ...
Beneteau: Standing the Test of Time
When Benjamin Bénéteau founded Beneteau Boats in 1884, he chartered a visionary course filled with determination, innovation, creativity and a love of the sea that is still central to the company’s philosophy.
At the time, it was the age of sail, when fishing boats were called luggers, dundees and smacks and performance was judged by who got back to the harbour first, since the first there would sell his fish at the best price.
For this reason and many others afterwards, this ...
Racing Team Keeps Wind in its Sails Through COVID-19 Quarantine
Not being on the water all spring due to COVID-19 restrictions hasn’t stopped Chester, N.S. sisters Antonia and Georgia Lewin-LaFrance from navigating towards their goal of competing at the 2024 Olympics.
The duo, members of the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron (RNSYS), began sailing and competing together two years ago in the 49erFX class. In 2019, they placed second in the 49erFX North American Championships and first in CORK OCR.
This year their racing season started with the World ...
Summer Boating Season Will be Unlike Any Other
The boating season in Atlantic Canada will be charting a course through COVID-19 waters this summer.
“While I think organized sailing is going to take a bit of a hit this season, I think family-centred sailing and general recreational sailing is going to be off the charts this year,” said Ryan Kelly, outgoing president of Sail Newfoundland and Labrador in an interview. “I say that because it’s a socially distanced-friendly sport and an opportunity to get outside.”
With the four ...
Boating: The New Normal
Welcome to the 2020 recreational boating season and the new normal of pandemic-related sailing.
As every human on the planet already knows, the best way to avoid COVID-19 is through physical/social distancing — staying at least six feet away from the person next to you.
Thankfully, boating is a safe, almost perfect, social distancing activity.
Right now, boaters are not the only people navigating the uncharted waters of living in a world with the novel coronavirus COVID-19. But the ...