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.
Fostering the Sailing Ecosystem in St. Margaret’s Bay
Earlier this year, the St. Margaret’s Sailing Club (SMSC) in Glen Haven, Nova Scotia, played host to Olympic and National laser-class sailors from across North America to train in their waters and pass their knowledge and experience on to local youth in turn.
“Sail Canada came down and they trained what they call ILCA (International Laser Class Association), which is lasers. They brought their team here and they trained out of St. Margaret’s Sailing Centre, and they did that for two ...
Shediac Bay Yacht Club
Above photo: SBYC serves as a gateway to the Shediac area thanks to their proximity to the downtown core and amenities useful to travellers of all stripes. Photos supplied by Gerry O’Brien, SBYC Manager
Two hurricanes and a global pandemic may have set the Shediac Bay Yacht Club (SBYC) back a few times, but each time they’ve come back stronger.
The SBYC was first incorporated in 1933, which existed as a mooring field until the early 1980s when the marina was built. The club ...
Roue 20 Still Competing 100 Years Later
Above photo: The Roue 20, designed by James William Roué, has remained true to its 1922 design for over 100 years. Photos supplied by Rob Merchant
The Roue 20 is a keelboat designed by William James Roué in 1922 and after over 100 years, this iconic Canadian ship design still holds its own in the competitive field.
Roué was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia and lived in nearby Dartmouth. In his early life, he made a living working in the family soft drink business, Roué’s Carbonated ...
Team Lewin-LaFrance Eyeing the 2024 Olympics
Above photo: Georgia Lewin-LaFrance competed in the worldwide Sail Grand Prix representing Canada.
Georgia and Antonia Lewin-LaFrance are aiming to make their mark in the sailing world as they eye the 49erFX class event at the 2024 Paris Olympics.
Originally from Montreal, the Lewin-LaFrance sisters began sailing on a cottage laser that their father used to force the two of them to sail on, despite their protests.
“My dad used to take us out on it, despite our kicking and ...