Canadian Yachting June 2015 - (Page 4)
Introduce a Friend
to Boating - Here's How
So often we hear non-boaters say, "I would like to try that, or I wish that I had the
chance to go boating" but it seldom goes any further.
Make this year the year that grants them their wish. Introduce a friend to boating
- here's how.
Plan to attend an event, or create an activity that introduces your friend to boating.
There are enjoyable boating activities happening all across our great country and sharing the pleasure of getting out in the boat, can be really memorable.
The easiest introduction is to visit one of the antique and classic boat shows or
the marine museums. In this June issue of Canadian Yachting, we have offered up
a big pictorial feature (starting on page 34). There are interesting events for just
Another idea is to contact a marina or yacht club in your area and ask if they have
an open house, or a new member introduction program. It may be of interest to you
and your friend to go and learn more about what a nearby yacht club has to offer.
To learn the skills that you, or your friends need to go boating, look to the Canadian
Power and Sail Squadrons for courses and training. Just go online at www.cps - ecp.ca
for all the information.
For hands-on, on-the-water power boat driving and handling, there are schools in
many areas across Canada.
If sailing is what interests you or your friend, many yacht clubs have an Adult Learn
To Sail program. That may be your best introduction into boating. Yacht clubs can be
very friendly and collegial places and typically, the more involved you become, the
more welcome you are!
Some clubs even have a club keelboat that is dedicated to their Adult Learn To Sail
program and upon graduation, the new member can have occasional use of the boat to
themselves, or with their friends. There are some absolutely great deals out there. You
just have to look around.
Sail Canada, the organization that fields Canada's Olympic sailing team, is also
Canada's on-the-water training organization and their courses are delivered through the
Provincial Sailing Associations and in turn, through their member yacht clubs in every
province. And yes, there are even clubs in Saskatchewan!
The Sail Canada website lists all of the Provincial Sailing Associations. Go to
Using Ontario as an example, "Get into Sailing" is a new initiative by Ontario
Sailing and many of its 210 member clubs. Through free open houses and try-it events,
kids and adults can see what sailing is all about for themselves. Attendees will be able
to experience first-hand the joy of sailing as well as hear about the various benefits to
becoming a member of the sailing community. Go to www.ontariosailing.ca for information.
This year, Canadian Yachting magazine is a participating sponsor of an event called
Summer Sailstice. This is a worldwide celebration of sailing on the weekend closest to
the summer solstice - this year the solstice falls on Saturday, June 20, 2015. It's
designed to celebrate sailing and through their website, you can find an event near you,
or be the spark and organize an event yourself. You can win prizes by entering one of
their drawings. Add your sailing plans and you could win a Caribbean charter or any of
dozens of other prizes!
It's pretty cool. But then...so is boating!
Here's wishing you a great summer and loads of fun sharing your love of boating
with a friend! *
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Canadian Yachting June 2015
Vantage Point: Introduce a Friend to Boating
Waterfront: Cold Water Awareness, Easter Seals Regatta, Ask the Experts
Club Profile: Sarnia Yacht Club
Galley Guys - Cobourg Stroll
Fitness On Board Series: Part 1
Feature: Summer Antique Boat Shows and Marine Museums
Destination: Port Dover: Bikes, Perch and Dogs
Sail Review: Marlow-Hunter 37
Power Review: Azimut Magellano 43
Crossing the Line: Everything Old is New Again
Canadian Yachting June 2015