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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Nova Scotia’s Team Lewin-LaFrance to Make Olympic Sailing Debut

As siblings and as a sailing duo, Antonia and Georgia Lewin-LaFrance have gone from sailing cottage lasers as young girls to making their Olympic debut in the 49erFX class. The Montreal-born, Nova Scotia-raised pair have had garnered many sailing accomplishments since their days at the Chester Yacht Club sailing school. In the six-year Olympic campaign, team Lewin-LaFrance has garnered achievements like winning bronze at the 2021 European Championships and the 2022 Kieler Woche, coming sixth ...

Lunenburg Shipyard Comes Under New Ownership

The historic Lunenburg Shipyard has come under new ownership and work is underway to bring it back to full working order. The buying process, according to new owner Brad Boutilier, was a drawn-out process that was recently completed in July of 2023. Since then, a 1,200-tonne travel lift has been brought in to facilitate its operations, as well as repairs to the yard’s 1,600-tonne rail network. “We tried to buy it a couple of times and just couldn’t get anything together with the ...

Back to His Roots: Drew Mitchell Returns to Nova Scotia Sail Operation

After many years away from Nova Scotia, veteran sailor Drew Mitchell has returned home to run the North Sails Atlantic loft. North Sails prides itself on its sail production method, which stands apart from its competitors by doing away with the standard lamination process that most racing and performance sails undergo. Instead, North Sails builds their sails from 70 per cent fibre and 30 per cent resin, according to Mitchell. “The benefit of that is that you’re building the sail up ...

Jareese Finch Talks Bringing SailGP Home

Jareese Finch, a member of Canada’s Sail Grand Prix (SailGP) team, has gone from sailing as a young boy in Antigua to representing Canada on the world stage. Finch is a grinder for SailGP Canada. His role is among the most physical in the sport, tasked with manning the front of the event’s F50 foiling catamaran to trim the wing sail and the jib of this blisteringly fast sail craft, which can reach top speeds of nearly 100 kilometres per hour. Such a demanding job requires the hand of ...

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 ...