Racer-Cruiser Royalty: First 44
The FIRST 44 embodies a natural link between the FIRST 36 and FIRST 53, equally refining and redefining performance, elegance and comfort — a new Biscontini/Argento creation that truly denies itself nothing. She’s a lovely sailing yacht with a remarkable design, offering through her architecture and build quality an experience underway that is simply second to none.
THE MAIN POINTS TO REMEMBER:
The FIRST 44 is presented in two main setups, FIRST 44 and FIRST 44 PERFORMANCE, ...
First 36: Speed Made Easy
Welcome to the latest model in our new breed of high-performance cruiser-racers.
With a weight of 4.8 tons and an upwind sail area of 80 square metres, the new First 36 simply presents a different sailing experience.
Actually, we believe this is the first time a mainstream-production boat with full-cruising facilities, a mid-market price tag and the full support of a worldwide dealer network has been pushed this far towards true high-performance sailing.
But what we are really proud of ...
First 18 SE: A Modern and Fun Gateway to Keel-Boat Sailing
Wide, flat and stable hull; ballasted swinging keel; gennaker snuffer system; furling jib and minimized deck controls all enable an easy-to-handle and exciting planing and sailing experience. Being easily trailable and dismantled, she would fulfill racing ambitions in international one-design class as well as adventurous sea-camping.
First 18 SE delivers a dinghy-like sailing experience but on a more stable and safer platform, thanks to the wide and flat hull shape and ...
First 24: Modern. Smart. Safe.
A smart pocket cruiser, fun day-sailer or an exciting club racer all in one, she is keeping the First promise of modern performance sailing. She can easily sleep up to four persons but at the same time still delivers a fun, exciting sailing experience. A completely retractable keel gives you access to cruising spots you missed so far and a possibility to launch and recover your 24 on an ordinary slipway, opening new opportunities. She will take you on relaxed family cruising and exciting ...
Stylish and Pleasant to Sail
Sleeker, lighter, with more sail area, and more space in the bow than its predecessor for the owner’s cabin, the Oceanis 34.1 promises unforgettable days out on the water. Once again, Marc Lombard and Nauta Design have combined their efforts to produce a unique design concept, true to the spirit of the seventh generation Oceanis range.
The deck layout has been redesigned to ensure maximum comfort and safety when moving around the boat, taking the helm and for onboard living ...
Lewin-LaFrance Take Canadian Skiff Sailing to New Horizons on International Stage
Above photo: Sisters Antonia and Georgia Lewin-LaFrance, Chester, N.S. competing last year in the 49er FX class.
From medalling at the European championships, placing sixth overall at the 49er FX Sailing World Championships, to being named Sailors of the Year and Female Sailors of the Year by Sail Nova Scotia, 2021 was a year of achievements for the sailing team, sisters Antonia and Georgia Lewin-LaFrance of Chester, Nova Scotia.
The Lewin-LaFrance team became the first Canadians ...
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 ...
A smart pocket cruiser, fun day-sailer or an exciting club racer all in one, she is keeping the First promise of modern performance sailing. She can easily sleep up to four persons but at the same time still delivers fun, exciting sailing experience. A completely retractable keel gives you access to cruising spots you missed so far and a possibility to launch and recover your 24 on an ordinary slipway, opening new opportunities. She will take you on relaxed family cruising and exciting day-sa...
Back on the Water
Chester Race Week draws 107 vessels in 12 classes
Planning will soon be starting for Helly Hansen Chester Race Week 2022 after a successful 2021 regatta, held Aug. 11 to 14, attracted 107 sailing vessels racing in 12 classes.
“The dates are set, Aug 10–13, 2022, but our first task will be to review 2021, then set out our planning schedule,” said Pat Nelder, On-Water Chair for Chester Race Week.
The largest keelboat regatta in the region, participation was down slightly this year ...