Canadian Yachting June 2016 - (Page 32)
The Call of the
Story | Photos by John Morris
he food in the grocery store - where does it come
from? There are undoubtedly hardworking people
who farm, refine, etc. and when we walk into
Sobey's, there it is.
My appreciation of boats in the Caribbean has always been
similarly vague. You get on the plane that lands in Tortola or
Antigua, head down to the Cay and there it sits, gleaming and
ready. The crew aboard is already sipping rum in the warm sunshine and all is divine.
Despite my decidedly myopic viewpoint on all this, the reality is those boats all came to paradise from somewhere. And that
means someone brought them there. This is that story.
In late October when I arrive in Hampton VA to learn more,
I walk into the middle of the Salty Dawg's Halloween costume
party. The crews have let their hair down (real and fake!) and the
rum has clearly lubed the outfits. Big winners are the crew of
Persistence, a Leopard 44, who are dressed as "Mixed Drinks"
Mark Wormwood was the Black Russian, Bloody Mary the crew
and so on.
But the merriment is only part of the Dawg culture, albeit a
very important one. If you are a boat owner up here in the True
North you know that getting to the wonderful cruising grounds
of the Caribbean requires many inputs. Boating skill and experience in abundance and very detailed boat preparation are
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Canadian Yachting June 2016
Vantage Point: Buy Your Boat Fuel At A Marina
Waterfront: Jeanneau BVI Owners’ Rendezvous, Readers’ Stories, Green Boating Guide
Club Profile: Charlottetown Yacht Club
International Boat Show Feature: BOOT Dusseldorf - Described as the largest boat show in Europe, the BOOT show packs 17 buildings full of every kind of boat and boating accessory that you an imagine. Walk through with John Morris and enjoy a glimpse of this massive event. By John Morris
Destination: The Magnificent Thousand Islands - Cruising in the middle of Manitouana, a wonderful land of plenty in the St.Lawrence River on a C&C 30’ bareboat charter. By Mark Stevens | Photographs by Sharon Matthews-Stevens
Salty Dog Rally: The Call of Dawg - The Dawgs convene in Hampton, Virginia each fall ahead of their journey to the BVI’s. Rich in Can Con and with equal parts partying and preparedness, the author joins this jovial group as they get ready to cruise down the Intracoastal. By John Morris
Power Review: Neptunus 650
Power Review: MJM 50z
CPS Port Hole
Sea Salt: Recipes from the West Coast Galley
Confident Sailor/Reluctant Sailor: Cruising as a Couple: Part 1 of 3 - “Our first trip to the Bahamas was ”Living his dream – on her terms”. We did it. There was no mutiny. No divorce. This is our story – that of the very reluctant boater who actually left the dock and Toronto behind. ” By Rob MacLeod
Crossing the Line: Does Racing Still Exist?
Canadian Yachting June 2016