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Wrecked With Tony: Pictou’s Mystery Ghost Ship

By Tony Sampson | Atlantic Boating Contributor As you walk along the charming Pictou waterfront, past the replica of the immigrant ship, Hector, that brought Scottish immigrants to the Pictou area in 1773, most people have no idea what sits under the murky water just a few hundred yards offshore. In 2015, the Canadian Hydrographic Service located a mystery wreck in Pictou harbour sitting upright in the silt bottom. Recently, while filming a local TV series, John Wesley Chisholm from ...

Nova Scotia Hosts World Championships

National Training Centre will be Legacy in St. Margaret’s Bay Photos by Tracey Wallace   National skiff team training camps, expected to start in the spring of 2023 in St. Margaret’s Bay, will be the legacy of the 2022 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 World Championships hosted there on Aug. 31 to Sept. 5. Sail Nova Scotia won the rights to host the competition in partnership with the Hubbards Sailing Club, St. Margaret Sailing Club and Sail Canada. “The legacy of the event, ...

Cape Island Cruisers Pleasure Craft is Fuel Efficient and Has Proven Seaworthiness

Lunenburg County boatbuilders Scott Daigley and John Steele have taken a traditional Cape Islander-style hull and used it as the platform to design and build a 38-foot pleasure craft that is not only fuel efficient but has more than a century of proven seaworthiness to its name. The story begins several years ago, when Steele, now semi-retired, had his boat parked behind Daigley’s shop in Riverport for a refit and to lend a hand when needed. “The crew were chatting about the state of ...

Wrecked with Tony: The Wreck of the Rose Castle

By Tony Sampson | Atlantic Boating Contributor Newfoundland, also known as The Rock, is a magical Island filled with mystery and treasure. It is also an adventure playground and home to thousands of shipwrecks, dating back many centuries. On a family trip to this breathtaking province, I was fortunate enough to meet up with my old friend, and fellow shipwreck addict, Rick Stanley. Rick owns and operates Ocean Quest Adventures and invited me to join a group of divers (The Battle of ...

Adventures Logged and Friendships Made Through Love of Sailing

From the Antarctic to Greenland, a love of sailing has led to a lifetime of adventure for Duncan and Renée Finlayson of Hodges Cove, Newfoundland and Labrador. It was the summer of 1963 and Duncan Finlayson had just finished his first year of university in Montreal when he first set foot on a sailboat. “A friend and I decided we wanted to work on a sailboat for the summer and we managed to get a job on a 47-foot Alden schooner out of Long Island, New York. We had a great summer. It was ...

Remembering Mickey Cormier: Colleagues Reflect on Numerous Contributions of New Brunswick Sailor

The late Mickey Cormier will long be remembered by the Maritime sailing community for his passion, knowledge and contributions to the sport. A lifelong resident of Shediac, New Brunswick, Cormier passed away on July 8 at the age of 82. Among other things, Cormier was a long-standing member and supporter of the Shediac AbleSail/Handi-Voile Accessible Sailing program, was instrumental in starting the Northumberland Strait Yachting Association, was a director of the New Brunswick Sailing ...

Wrecked with Tony: Halifax Harbour Dive, Trash or Treasure?

By Tony Sampson | Atlantic Boating Contributor How many times have you driven over the harbour bridges in Halifax and not given a thought to what lies under those waters?  Halifax harbour has been a home, hunting ground, playground and alas, dumping ground to inhabitants of the area for many centuries. It is a natural deep water harbour that has made it strategic both for military and commerce which also makes it a very interesting dive. During the winter months when the harbour ...

Back to the Races at Chester Race Week

Brian Todd served as a race officer with Chester Race Week for about 12 years. But Todd has since retired from that role and this August is racing at Canada’s largest keel boat regatta. “I am fairly old and it’s time for younger people to do that job and I just love racing,” Todd says. “I’ve been racing all my life and I enjoy every moment.” Last year’s event was cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. And while this year’s regatta will look a bit different and crews ...

Helly Hansen Chester Race Week 2021

We are so excited to think of sailing in Chester Race Week this summer. Do you remember the beauty of Mahone Bay and the Village of Chester? Well, Race Week is back, and we are looking at many innovative ways of keeping everyone safe on the water and at the same time offering the fun things that all competitors enjoy. There will be a variety of classes and courses including, Bluenose, One Design, Inshore and Distance courses and Pursuit racing for the Classics and other boats that want ...

Wrecked with Tony: Visiting the Wreck of the SS Atlantic

By Tony Sampson | Atlantic Boating Contributor On any given weekend from April to November, in the shallow waters off Mosher Island in Lower Prospect, you can find a party of divers swimming around Golden Rule Rock at the site of one of the greatest disasters in Maritime history. Few people know that the White Star Liner SS Atlantic (of the same line as the Titanic) lies in our local inshore waters. Starting at a depth of just eight feet and going down to 80 feet, lies a wreck that bore ...