First 18: Sailing Reinvented
Competitive sailing is entering a new era with high-spirited boats designed for family and friends. Fun, Intuitive, tough, simple, smart: a brilliant reinvention of the FIRST legend!
There’s an air of adventure about the First 18. Combining all the pleasures of dinghy sailing, her versatility appeals as much to expert regatta racers as it does to novices who dream of coastal raids with family or friends.
Stable and lightweight, with a planing hull and high-performance rigging, the First ...
Oceanis 41.1: Performance at Sea
Living on board an Oceanis is a lifestyle in its own right. Her swiftness and safety find an echo in her elegance, comfort and a feeling of well-being. Each new Oceanis requires the passionate commitment of architects and designers, whose challenge it is to extend the limits of space, while increasing the craft’s performance at sea.
FINOT-CONQ ARCHITECTS: In forty years, Jean-Marie Finot and Pascal Conq have forged the reputation of designing perfectly balanced and admirably seaworthy ...
Beneteau: Standing the Test of Time
When Benjamin Bénéteau founded Beneteau Boats in 1884, he chartered a visionary course filled with determination, innovation, creativity and a love of the sea that is still central to the company’s philosophy.
At the time, it was the age of sail, when fishing boats were called luggers, dundees and smacks and performance was judged by who got back to the harbour first, since the first there would sell his fish at the best price.
For this reason and many others afterwards, this ...
Racing Team Keeps Wind in its Sails Through COVID-19 Quarantine
Not being on the water all spring due to COVID-19 restrictions hasn’t stopped Chester, N.S. sisters Antonia and Georgia Lewin-LaFrance from navigating towards their goal of competing at the 2024 Olympics.
The duo, members of the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron (RNSYS), began sailing and competing together two years ago in the 49erFX class. In 2019, they placed second in the 49erFX North American Championships and first in CORK OCR.
This year their racing season started with the World ...
Summer Boating Season Will be Unlike Any Other
The boating season in Atlantic Canada will be charting a course through COVID-19 waters this summer.
“While I think organized sailing is going to take a bit of a hit this season, I think family-centred sailing and general recreational sailing is going to be off the charts this year,” said Ryan Kelly, outgoing president of Sail Newfoundland and Labrador in an interview. “I say that because it’s a socially distanced-friendly sport and an opportunity to get outside.”
With the four ...
COVID-19: Restriction Updates
Measures put in place to help contain the spread of COVID-19 are gradually changing. As restrictions change, you need to continue to follow public health directives for gathering and social distancing. Limit your driving and enjoy what’s available in your local community.
1 May 2020
Provincial and municipal parks can reopen
Trails can reopen
Community gardens can reopen
Private campgrounds can open for seasonal lot renters (renters with fixed RVs) that don’t require ...
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....
The Oceanis 38.1 cleverly combines practical features, performance, and elegance on boat sizes where function generally outweighs personalization.
Designed to suit a variety of sailing programs and increasingly different lifestyles on board, she is available respectively in six versions with varied layouts: number of cabins and bathrooms, modularity of the saloon, choice of galley, storage capacity, etc.
The Oceanis 38.1 offers a performance to habitability ratio second to none on this ...
Sail Nova Scotia Celebrates Successful Year
Above photo: The 29er class leaves the start line during the 2017 Youth National Championships at the St. Margaret Sailing Club. Frank Denis photo
There were fair winds for Sail Nova Scotia in 2019 leading to a positive outlook for 2020 which will see a full-time skiff coach hired for the province through a partnership agreement with the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron (RNSYS) and Canadian Sport Centre Atlantic.
“This is going to be a great asset to the program,” said Frank ...
Q&A – Summer 2019
By Eric Smith | Shining Waters Marine
Should I Compete in an Offshore Race with my Boat?
Let me ask — why wouldn’t you? Which race you do is the skipper’s decision, but there are several options available. Check with your yacht club/marina and sailing associations to see which race would be right for you.
The important thing is that you do one. Here are a few reasons that stand out for me as reasons to participate:
The personal challenge. From organizing crew to completing ...