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Sail GP 2024

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2024 Hurricane Season Will be “Active,” says Expert

Warmer waters in the tropical Atlantic could spell a busy 2024 hurricane season, according to Environment Canada warning preparedness meteorologist Bob Robichaud. “That is going to be a major contributor to this year’s hurricane season, and we know that from last year it was the warm water that ended up being the dominant factor,” said Robichaud. “If we look in the Pacific, you can see that the water temperatures are actually colder. Certainly, colder than they were last year. ...

Recreational Boating Safety Basics

According to the Drowning Prevention Research Centre, there are around 100 recreational boating-related deaths in Canada every year. To combat these accidents — most of which are preventable — Transport Canada (TC) has doubled down on its resolve to make boaters aware of the dangers of recreational boating, and how to avoid them. This mission, according to TC, has become more pressing in recent years, as recreational boating has surged in popularity since 2020. According to TC, in 80 ...

SailGP Makes First Canadian Stop, Great Britain Takes Top Spot

Sail Grand Prix (SailGP) closed out its first Canadian event in Halifax, Nova Scotia, with the Emirates Great Britain team coming out on top. The race, which ran from June 1–2, started off strong, with spectators jam-packed into both sides of the Halifax Harbour as strong winds ensured fans an exciting day of racing while providing a challenging course to the competitors. The first race in Halifax went well for the Spanish team, headed by Diego Botin, with the team coming in first as ...

Wrecked with Tony: The Wreck of the Whydah Gally

By Tony Sampson | Atlantic Boating Contributor People are drawn to the ocean for many varied reasons, some for food, some for pleasure, some for work and some for adventure. No matter what category you fit into, once the ocean has you in her grasp you are there for life. As a child, the stories of pirates, shipwrecks and treasure had me captivated as they do to this day, so when the opportunity came my way to dive into the mysterious Whydah Gally story, how could I refuse? The Whydah ...

Halifax Greenlights Electric Ferry Service to Meet Demand of Growth, Climate

To aid in transit into and out of downtown Halifax, the governments of Canada, Nova Scotia and the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) have resolved to build the Mill Cove Ferry Service between Halifax and Bedford, Nova Scotia.  The project, which has received $258 million in funding, will include five high-speed electric ferries, a ferry terminal and a maintenance facility. According to Mervin David, Manager of Ferry Operations, the Mill Cove Ferry project was initiated to meet the ...

Armdale Yacht Club: Promoting Sailing for More Than a Century

Nestled on the shores of Halifax’s Melville Island is the historic Armdale Yacht Club (AYC), the second oldest yacht club in Nova Scotia, which prides itself on its friendly atmosphere, collegial club culture and inclusivity to boaters and non-boaters alike. The club’s history goes back to 1920, when a group of young men organized a club out of Stoneman’s Armdale Boat House on the lower end of Halifax’s Quinpool Road. After the initial club was torn down, the group relocated to what ...

Discover North America’s Most Legendary Regatta!

Helly Hansen Chester Race Week: August 14–17, 2024 Chester Race Week has a rich 120-year history, celebrated for spectacular competition on the water combined with an unrivaled social scene off the water. The highlight of this year’s event will be the J70 Canadian Championship, with a number of local boats participating. Always a spectacle on the water, we look forward to hosting this event as part of this year’s Race Week! Here’s what’s back for 2024: The wildly popular ...

Lunenburg Yacht Club to Host Mobility Cup 2024

Canada’s foremost international regatta for differently abled sailors is coming to Lunenburg, Nova Scotia for the 2024 Mobility Cup. Gale Fullerton, the General Manager of the Lunenburg Yacht Club (LYC), credited the event’s stop in Lunenburg to their longstanding Sail Able program, which provides sailing opportunities to those with mental or physical disabilities. Lunenburg’s Sail Able Program caters to eight consistent participants, each of which requires four volunteers. “It...

High School Entrepreneurs Seek to Make Sailing More Accessible

While still in high school, 16-year-old Jack Theunissen and his friend, 18-year-old Jack Freeman started Wavelink Performance Sailing Parts to make sailing accessible for more income brackets. Both Freeman and Theunissen have sailed since they were 10 years old, with each of them inheriting their passion for the sport from their fathers. “My dad grew up sailing. He did Chester Race Week quite a few times and he was quite involved with the sailing scene when he was younger. When I was ...