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 ...
Para Sailing Increasing Through Able Sail
Accessible sailing opportunities continue to increase in Atlantic Canada through the Able Sail network, with Newfoundland joining the umbrella organization in 2019 with much success.
“We had great interest for our first year,” said Matt Debicki, president of Able Sail Newfoundland. “We had exceptional numbers. We had over 40 people in boats. We had 10 solid athletes that returned quite often and most importantly, we had incredible uptake and support from the yacht club establishment....
RNYC: Training the Next Generation of Sailors
From passionate racers to dockside loungers, the Royal Newfoundland Yacht Club has harboured sailors from 1935, when Arthur and Marjorie Johnston, along with Max Barbour, decided that the great maritime nation of Newfoundland needed a yacht club.
The following spring, a determined group built a 20 x 40-foot clubhouse on the shore of inner basin in Long Pond and the Avalon Yacht Club was born.
After years of growth and an amalgamation with a newly-formed Newfoundland Yacht Club ...
Into the Lion’s Den
As I look out my front window, the house across the street plays peek a boo through the swirling snowdrifts — fading in and out of view as the wind throws a fluffy white blanket over the ground.
Writing about sailing and cruising seems a little out of context as I begrudge the plow operator for leaving another towering mound snow in my driveway. Winter and sailing in Newfoundland do not play well together.
Perhaps it’s time for a little mental holiday…
Thinking back a ...
Boaters in Newfoundland and Labrador Launch Association
Above photo: St. John's, N.L. Photo by Jay Parsons
With my fingers wrapped around the steaming mug, I stood in the cockpit slowly inhaling the smell of fresh ground coffee and cool salt air.
It was another beautiful morning, bright sunlight and not a breath of wind. Looking across the harbor, it was like we were afloat on a mirror — the reflection of the puffy, marshmallow clouds as easy to see on the water’s surface as they were in the cobalt blue sky.
Casting an eye ...