Q&A – Summer 2020
By Eric Smith | Shining Waters Marine
Should I leave my mast up for the winter or take it down?
We have been asked this question many times and it’s a difficult one to answer.
First, as with all boating, it is the skipper’s decision. You know your boat better than anyone. Some boat yards make the decision for you (as removal is mandatory), but if you store your boat at a yard with either option, hopefully we can help with a little insight.
Removing your mast each season can be ...
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Above photo: Vessels lay berthed at one of the docks at the Dartmouth Yacht Club. Contributed photo.
It is all about boating, be it by motor or sail, at the Dartmouth Yacht Club.
“The spirit of boating together is strong at the Dartmouth Yacht Club,” said Commodore Steve Snider in an interview. “I find when people go through the gates, there’s no pretences. It’s all boaters together.”
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Jacob Saunders, Oliver Bone Leading Men’s 470 Trials When Pandemic Hit
Halifax, Nova Scotia sailors Jacob Chaplin-Saunders and Oliver Bone haven’t let COVID-19 sidetrack them from their goal of making an Olympic comeback in the 470 class.
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‘So Far, So Good’ for Summer Sailing Season in Atlantic Canada
The lessening of COVID-19 restrictions has worked out fairly well for the sailing and boating community in Atlantic Canada.
“So far, so good when it comes to sailing here in Nova Scotia,” said Frank Denis, executive director of Sail Nova Scotia. “We’re hopeful we'll be able to get through the summer before the second wave hits. I know the sailing programs for kids have been so important to the participants and also their families.”
Many clubs around the province have been able to ...
Don’t Forget our First Responders
“Being on a boat that's moving through the water, it's so clear. Everything falls into place in terms of what's important and what's not”: American singer-songwriter and guitarist James Taylor.
As many people in this strange, new world of COVID-19 struggle with the day-to-day routine of our new normal, recreational boaters, for the most part, seem to be doing just fine.
For many, boating is an escape — a getaway from the routine and monotony of life. And while recreational boaters ...