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CROSSING THE LINE

By John Morris

BVI Un-trashed

Let's look ahead to solutions for the Canadian winter.
Unfortunately, none is without its complications. Florida and
Arizona are in the USA - say no more. Hawaii is for surfers.
Mexico is the purview of El Chapo. Which brings us to the
Caribbean and specifically to the BVI. Just one downside interrupts a perfect paradise there - hurricanes.
The BVI's scatter of islands make a phenomenal boating
playground. A couple of hours sail gets you to some indescribably beautiful cruise destinations. The next day you can move on
to another equally captivating spot. Or at least you could until
those spots got hurricane leveled and the charter boat fleet was
temporarily decimated.
When I arrived in Tortola last week, the gruesome wreckage
from mega blow was a still everywhere - new 45-foot catamaran
flipped, big cruisers sunk, rows of boats collapsing on top of
each other. Broken fiberglass and masts litter the marinas.
However, and this is the very big however, the folks in the
BVI were not to be daunted. Even though Irma had ploughed
through the buildings, the docks and the fleet, they got BVI
Strong and decided to ignore the destruction. They are simply
picking up the detritus and getting on with it. That brings us to
the 47th edition of the BVI Spring Regatta.
The BVISR is an annual tradition, part of the Caribbean
Circuit and a fond destination for Canadians escaping our snow.
Without hesitation the organizers, fueled by loyal sponsors and

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committed volunteers, vowed to make it
happen. I was invited to Nanny Cay
where a regatta HQ was cleared, bar tents
were erected and nearly 70 boats registered for what turned out to be a tiptop
week of racing.
There are several Canadians on crews
but this year just one CDN boat. The
wonderful crew on the Reflex 38,
Touch2Play, welcomed me onboard for
the first three races of the Regatta. Rob
Butler, the skipper, is from Collingwood
ON and the crew is from all over Ontario
including Sarnia, Wheatley, Windsor and
Niagara Falls as well as neighbouring
Wilson and Youngstown, NY. Since not
everyone can be there all the time, Rob has a rotating crew list
of three dozen so that the boat can participate in the entire
Caribbean series.
The cartoon beaver on the mainsail and on the standout pink
crew shirts let everyone know the boat is definitely from
Canada. The pink spinnaker also shows the boat's breast cancer
initiatives - you can read about that on their Facebook page.
The BVI takes place in a stunning venue where we enjoyed
great winds with challenging shifts and puffs. The courses
included windward-leewards plus distance legs around various
marks and islands. Perfect! Rob's team kept the boat ahead of
the pack through a huge variety of conditions and sail changes
and while I was onboard we finished 1-1-2 to sit on the top of
the fleet as they head into day 2. You can't beat that for fun!
The race organizers, who have a lot of repair bills to cover for
the island and junior sailing in particular, were ingenious in repurposing hurricane scrap for prizes. I particularly liked the
third place trophies made from fragments of halyards while the
2nd place ice bucket Rob and his team won was made out of a
section of destroyed mast.
The regatta crowd was ready for celebration despite the
natural disaster that had happened just a few months earlier
and praised the determination of the Islanders. I too was
impressed by their resolve and grateful that we Canadians will
have a destination for winter escape when the winds start
snapping next winter. *

JUNE 2018



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Canadian Yachting June 2018

At the Helm: Christmas in June
Travel Destination: Killarney - Killarney Mountain Lodge and the spectacular surrounding cruising offer endless adventures for boaters of all sizes. With all the recent renovations and additional amenities now available, you should give some serious consideration to adding the area to your 2018 ship’s log. By Jennifer Harker
Sail Review: Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 490
Travel Destination: B.C. Gulf Islands - Now, there is no ice cream as delicious as the ice cream you can buy when your vessel is at anchor. As we prepared to sail further into the Gulf Islands, I was dying to find out what excitement in ice cream lay ahead of us. By Catherine Dook
The Port Hole: June 2018
Club Profile: Bay of Quinte Yacht Club - Bay of Quinte Yacht Club caters to the interests of both sail and power boats and their crews, who enjoy cruising, racing and the camaraderie of the social scene at the Long Reach Bar. By Katherine Stone
Power Review: Ranger Tugs R23
DIY/Tech: Pyrotechnic Distress Flares vs. Electronic Distress Strobes - Pyrotechnic distress flares have been around for decades, while electronic strobe distress flares have only been introduced in the last couple of years - and they aren't CCG approved for use in Canada. But which one is best? And when should you signal for help? By Andy Adams
Life Onboard: The Galley Guys and Our Little Secret
Crossing the Line: BVI Un-trashed
Canadian Yachting June 2018 - Intro
Canadian Yachting June 2018 - Cover1
Canadian Yachting June 2018 - Cover2
Canadian Yachting June 2018 - 3
Canadian Yachting June 2018 - At the Helm: Christmas in June
Canadian Yachting June 2018 - 5
Canadian Yachting June 2018 - Travel Destination: Killarney - Killarney Mountain Lodge and the spectacular surrounding cruising offer endless adventures for boaters of all sizes. With all the recent renovations and additional amenities now available, you should give some serious consideration to adding the area to your 2018 ship’s log. By Jennifer Harker
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Canadian Yachting June 2018 - Sail Review: Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 490
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Canadian Yachting June 2018 - Travel Destination: B.C. Gulf Islands - Now, there is no ice cream as delicious as the ice cream you can buy when your vessel is at anchor. As we prepared to sail further into the Gulf Islands, I was dying to find out what excitement in ice cream lay ahead of us. By Catherine Dook
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Canadian Yachting June 2018 - The Port Hole: June 2018
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Canadian Yachting June 2018 - Club Profile: Bay of Quinte Yacht Club - Bay of Quinte Yacht Club caters to the interests of both sail and power boats and their crews, who enjoy cruising, racing and the camaraderie of the social scene at the Long Reach Bar. By Katherine Stone
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Canadian Yachting June 2018 - Power Review: Ranger Tugs R23
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Canadian Yachting June 2018 - DIY/Tech: Pyrotechnic Distress Flares vs. Electronic Distress Strobes - Pyrotechnic distress flares have been around for decades, while electronic strobe distress flares have only been introduced in the last couple of years - and they aren't CCG approved for use in Canada. But which one is best? And when should you signal for help? By Andy Adams
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Canadian Yachting June 2018 - 52
Canadian Yachting June 2018 - 53
Canadian Yachting June 2018 - Life Onboard: The Galley Guys and Our Little Secret
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Canadian Yachting June 2018 - Crossing the Line: BVI Un-trashed
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