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Rothesay Yacht Club: A Place for Comradery

Above photo: Rothesay Yacht Club Facebook Photo Just north of Saint John, New Brunswick tucked away on the Kennebecasis River is the small community of Rothesay, home to the Rothesay Yacht Club (RYC). The club, according to its most senior member Bruce Tennant, was founded in 1907 by several families that lived in what was then the village of Rothesay. The clubhouse, which is still in use today, was built around 1910–1920. While the original building remains, the site of the ...

Having Fun Aboard Helix

Daisy Cobden and her crew are seeking to further their sailing prowess aboard Helix while having fun with friends along the way. Cobden first got into sailing through her partner, Jordan MacNeil, who was already an active and passionate sailor who shared his love of the water with Cobden. The two of them began sailing on his J/30 Flux nine years ago. MacNeil owned Flux for 13 years before he and Cobden upgraded to their J/120 Helix last year. Since she started sailing with MacNeil, the ...

With AbleSailNL, Sailing is for Everyone

Operating with a small team and limited budget, AbleSailNL does whatever it can to make sailing accessible for anyone in Newfoundland and Labrador. After returning from England, where he captained a 60-foot trimaran that was quadriplegic-accessible and built a boat for a quadriplegic sailor to cross the English Channel, AbleSailNL President Matt Debicki arrived in Newfoundland and realized there was no accessible sailing program in the province. “I figured I might as well make one,” ...

The P.E.I. Boating Festival is Back for 2024

The Prince Edward Island Boating Festival is back for its third annual event from July 25–27, 2024. The P.E.I. Boating Festival began as a way to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Charlottetown Yacht Club (CYC). While trying to think of an appropriate way to celebrate such an occasion, former Commodore of the club Steve Cudmore thought of the province’s ‘Round the Island Race, which first took place in 1979. “It happened sporadically over the years,” said Cudmore. “We ...

SailGP Gears Up for 2024 Halifax Event

Above Photo Credit: Felix Diemer for SailGP As the first Sail Grand Prix event to grace Canadian shores gears up for its event in Halifax, Nova Scotia on June 1–2, 2024, plans are getting underway to figure out the finer details of the event. Sail Grand Prix, commonly known as SailGP, is an international competition where competitors from 10 countries race aboard F50 foiling catamarans, which can hit top speeds of over 100 kilometres per hour. SailGP races have been hosted all over ...

“They Don’t Make Them Like That Anymore”: Remembering Paul Gallant

The sailing world lost a devoted advocate of the sport with the passing of Paul “Moto” Gallant on November 2, 2023. According to Gallant’s wife, Amber, his first foray into the sailing world was through his friend and then-neighbour, John Roy — a seasoned sailor and the former owner of Ocean Yacht Sales. By her account, Paul took to the sport with a fervour that painted the dedicated attitude he would have towards sailing for the rest of his life from the very beginning. “They ...

Boaters’ Voices Matter

In October of last year, Transport Canada (TC) began a public solicitation process seeking input from recreational boaters into updating the Vessel Operation Restriction Regulations (VORR) under the Canada Shipping Act, 2001. TC stated that “we recognize that we need to modernize the process for requesting and implementing restrictions under the VORR. We need to simplify the process for proposing a restriction and shorten the time it takes to implement it. Transport Canada wants to ...

Wrecked with Tony: In Search of the Mighty Scallop

By Tony Sampson As winter sets in across the Atlantic provinces from the tip of Newfoundland at St. Anthony all the way to Cape Sable Island, the colours change on the mainland and islands from a rich green to beautiful gold, orange and red and then to snow, ice and bare trees. The temperature drops, and ocean folk around the South Shore of Nova Scotia start preparing their lobster boats and traps for lobster fishing season. As most summer boaters are now out of the water, our hardy group of ...