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involved more than just me". He explained that as Jenn
his wife raised the alarm the local boaters took matters
into their own hands and tossed the life rings out, some
of which were at the lock station wall. Without these rings
to cling to, the adults in the water would have been left to
their own devices and none were very good swimmers, so
their chances of survival were not very good.
For Darren the almost thirty minutes he spent in the water during the rescue is a "bit of a blur" as he was concentrating on getting to the child first, while fighting a strong
current, and then with the child on his back returning to
shore, but through it all he was calm and focused. "The actions of the boaters and Jenn were great, they too deserve a
lot of credit for what happened that day", he said.
I then asked Darren what his advice would be to parents
and he replied, "Keep the kids away from the water and be

aware of dams!", "below the dam is a very dangerous place,
the currents are strong and access to the troubled water is
very easy for a child. It is not a safe place for them to play".
His "safety first" motto also extends into his own boating as anytime Jenn or others are helping in the locking of
their boat PFDs are worn by all on the foredeck. He also
advises that every boater should have their vessel inspected
through the free CPS-ECP RVCC program and "always
know where your life jackets are on your boat, and have
them close at hand".
Several months later in the city of London, Darren Life
was one of forty-five Canadians honoured for their bravery
and was awarded the Medal of Bravery by the Governor
General. Darren commented that, "It was a very humbling
experience, and there was a very impressive crowd present
for the awards, I was just one of the forty-five."

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12 to 1 o'clock. It is time to sit back, relax and enjoy another cigar while watching several septagenerians in Tyvek -
protective suits with hoods, gloves and breathing apparatus
in the brutal midday sun (it is now well above 35 degrees),
trying to save a few bucks by sanding and grinding off the
poisonous antifouling from the bottom of their boats and
reapplying a fresh coat. This appears especially ridiculous as
the yard labour rate for unskilled workers is only $20 US. I
restrict myself to breathing in the results of their activities,
which invariably happens when they are directly upwind
from us.
We try to seek cover under our Bimini top until late afternoon, taking care to stay well hydrated by consuming cold
drinks from our cooler. I use the opportunity to walk up to
the marina office to drop off the garbage and buy my daily bag
of ice, which is pretty much the only luxury we are currently
splurging on. When the heat subsides a little, after 4 p.m., it is
time to go on our daily walk into town, for health and exercise
purposes. We walk for about an hour, then spend another hour
sitting in a street café near the harbour entrance, watching the
ships come and go while enjoying another ice cold beverage as
a reward. In the last light of the scorching sun, dripping wet,
we make it back home to the boat. It is now time to get the
shower bag and walk to the marina office to have a refreshing
cold shower and to wash off the sweat and dust of the day.
We then walk back to the boat wet and half naked to enjoy the cooling effect of air drying on our skin. It is now
time for the daily sundowner drink with lots of ice to conclude the activities of the day and observe the harbour some
more. Then we prepare more fresh food for dinner, which
we enjoy in the cockpit by the light of our tealight-powered
lantern. After doing the dishes, it is 8 o'clock and we start
the evening's entertainment by bringing out the headphones

and enjoying a Netflix movie on the IPad. When the movie
and my cigar is finished, we fall totally exhausted around
10 p.m. into our berth and listen to the soothing sound of
our huge wind turbine, which is fastened to the bulkhead
right above our feet. It makes it possible to find some much
needed rest while providing a steady stream of cooling wind
to keep the temperature and the mosquitoes down.
Once a week, to relieve the boatyard stress, we rent a car
from the marina for a day ($32 US) and drive about an hour
for a leisurely day on a beautiful beach, then drive for about an
hour in the opposite direction to Happy Hour and a Sailors
Dinner at a yacht club. Overall, my boat has been in storage at
the dock of Curacao Marine for about 10 years now. During
this time, I have had pretty much every system on the boat
replaced by qualified tradesmen and hope for several more
years to stay as a satisfied customer.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Canadian Yachting June 2017

Vantage Point: A “Flare” for Safety
Club Profile: Sidney North Saanich Yacht Club
Pacific Northwest Classic: Southern Straits Race - For the last 49 years, the West Vancouver Yacht Club has proudly hosted the Annual Southern Straits Race. Known for offering challenging conditions, this Pacific Northwest classic is a proud qualifying event for both the VanIsle 360 and Vic-Maui Yacht Race. This year, Canadian Yachting magazine’s Bob Nicoll sailed on one of the 82 boats that competed. By Bob Nicoll
Canadian Boatbuilder Profile: Modernizing Tradition at Rossiter Boats - The history of Rossiter Boats is one that combines passion, fostering of tradition, and an eye towards the future. It all started 40 years ago with 19-year-old George Rossiter repairing the wooden canoe of a fellow cottager on Go Home Bay. Now Rossiter is perhaps Canada’s fastest-growing boatbuilder. By Kate Fincham
Cruising Technology: Staying Connected - Your summer cruise may be a vacation, but a pretty sizeable percentage of boat owners do want to keep in contact, whether for business or family reasons. In the not too distant past it was a big deal to clear your responsibilities and be able to take off for even a few weeks. However, connectivity for the average boater is improving and within the financial reach of most. By Glen Cairns
The Port Hole
Sail Review: Jeanneau 51 Yacht
Power Review: Leader 33
Trailering Part 3: Trailer Maintenance - Towing the Trailer, and Launching and Retrieving the Boat. The third and final article in our three-part series of important and useful information to help our readers travel with their boats on vacations, fishing trips or to regattas. Go safely this summer! By John Gullick
Crossing the Line: Boat or Reality – Take this simple test
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Canadian Yachting June 2017 - Pacific Northwest Classic: Southern Straits Race - For the last 49 years, the West Vancouver Yacht Club has proudly hosted the Annual Southern Straits Race. Known for offering challenging conditions, this Pacific Northwest classic is a proud qualifying event for both the VanIsle 360 and Vic-Maui Yacht Race. This year, Canadian Yachting magazine’s Bob Nicoll sailed on one of the 82 boats that competed. By Bob Nicoll
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Canadian Yachting June 2017 - Canadian Boatbuilder Profile: Modernizing Tradition at Rossiter Boats - The history of Rossiter Boats is one that combines passion, fostering of tradition, and an eye towards the future. It all started 40 years ago with 19-year-old George Rossiter repairing the wooden canoe of a fellow cottager on Go Home Bay. Now Rossiter is perhaps Canada’s fastest-growing boatbuilder. By Kate Fincham
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Canadian Yachting June 2017 - Cruising Technology: Staying Connected - Your summer cruise may be a vacation, but a pretty sizeable percentage of boat owners do want to keep in contact, whether for business or family reasons. In the not too distant past it was a big deal to clear your responsibilities and be able to take off for even a few weeks. However, connectivity for the average boater is improving and within the financial reach of most. By Glen Cairns
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Canadian Yachting June 2017 - Sail Review: Jeanneau 51 Yacht
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Canadian Yachting June 2017 - Power Review: Leader 33
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Canadian Yachting June 2017 - Trailering Part 3: Trailer Maintenance - Towing the Trailer, and Launching and Retrieving the Boat. The third and final article in our three-part series of important and useful information to help our readers travel with their boats on vacations, fishing trips or to regattas. Go safely this summer! By John Gullick
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