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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Pleasure Boat Infrastructure Gets Major Upgrade

Over the course of three years since 2020, master mariner Brad Boutilier used his nautical experience to turn East River Shipyard into Atlantic Canada’s largest full-service marine facility, as well as recently expanding into niche pleasure boat services with Gold River Marina. Previous to 2020, Boutilier had spent much of his life at sea, starting as a cadet at Secunda Marine Services in 2000 and working his way up to master mariner during his time with TMSI Limited in 2018. After 18 ...

Around the World in 233 Days: Kirsten Neuschäfer Wins the 2022 Golden Globe Race

Above photo: Originally from Gqeberha, South Africa, Neuschäfer has been sailing dinghies since she was a child and began sailing professionally in 2006. Submitted photo Kirsten Neuschäfer became the first woman to win an around-the-world race by sailing around the three great capes — Africa’s Cape of Good Hope, Australia’s Cape Leeuwin and South America’s Cape Horn — when she won the 2022 Golden Globe Race (GGR). The GGR requires that participants only work with the ...

40 Degrees North: Where Change Begins

40 Degrees North, a venture by Todd Ellis and Shane Theunissen, was scheduled to sail from Halifax to Portugal in late May to raise money for the Nova Scotia Sea School. Ellis and Theunissen met during the Wednesday night races at the Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron, where they discussed their love for sailing. “I had this plan to go to Portugal, and I said to Todd, ‘Hey Todd, we get along pretty well, so how would you like to come along for a trip across to Portugal?’ He thought about ...