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Thursday, August 15, 2019

When I was first getting into the sailing life, I heard about a book called “An Island to One’s Self” written by a man named Tom Neal. He was a New Zealander who had a dream. That dream became an obsession: to find the perfect island and be the only man to live on that island. Over the years, my obsession with

by: Bob Bitchin

tags: Lifestyle, Sailing, Feel Good Story

Thursday, July 25, 2019

CHICAGO, Ill. – A talented and dedicated group of passionate athletes have convened in the Windy City this week for the 2019 Independence Cup and U.S. Para Sailing Championship, hosted by the Judd Goldman Sailing Center and organized by the Judd Goldman Adaptive Sailing Foundation. These two regattas have a historic connection

tags: Lake Michigan, Racing, Sailing, Events

Friday, July 19, 2019

LYRA 2019 is a GO!! The Oakville Clubs are pleased to announce that despite historic water levels on the Great Lakes, we are on track with 2019 LYRA Race Week and we are planning for an equally historic Regatta. We can accommodate visiting boats and we have a full slate of social activities and events planned. Please join us as we

tags: Racing, Sailing, Lake Ontario

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Cameron Benedict is not aware of any skippers younger than him in this year’s Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race, scheduled for July 20 and now with 220 registered entrants. The Plymouth, Mich. sailor is 26 years old, and last year his father Chris Benedict, who owned the Santana 35 Shape together with Win Cooper

tags: Events, Lake Huron, Racing, Sailing

Thursday, July 4, 2019

For a lifestyle that I have pretty much devoted the past 40 years to, I still can’t explain just what a cruiser really is... A friend of mine just flew in to say hi after cruising Mexico for the past six months. He’s been considered a cruiser around here for as long as I can remember, but this had been the first time

by: Bob Bitchin

tags: Sailing, Lifestyle

Monday, July 1, 2019

Thousands of racers have participated in the Lake Ontario 300 Challenge over the past three decades. Some in the actual ‘300’ nautical mile race and others, those without flying sails, in the shorter 180 nautical mile challenge. Whether they were racing the longer Main Duck course or taking the Scotch Bonnet route, the

tags: Lake Ontario, Racing, Sailing, Canada

Friday, June 14, 2019

With an entry deadline of June 4, more than 205 sailboats have registered for the July 20 Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race, and the largest of them is the 105’ custom ketch Whitehawk. When she was built in 1978 in Rockland, Maine, the timeless, clipper-bowed Bruce King design (patterned after the famous 1936

tags: Lake Huron, Racing, Sailing

Thursday, June 13, 2019

More than 100 women sailors gathered recently at Corinthian Yacht Club (CYC) for the National Women’s Sailing Association (NWSA) 18th annual Women’s Sailing Conference and honored one of their own, Pat Dieselman of Ipswich, Massachusetts, with the 2019 BoatUS/NWSA Leadership in Women’s Sailing Award. The honor

tags: Sailing, Women in Boating, Awards

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Cleveland Race Week (CRW) is the largest sailing regatta on Lake Erie and has become one of the largest in the country. The annual event, now celebrating its 39th year, attracts over 300 boats from across the U.S., Canada and internationally. Nationally, Cleveland Race Week ranks as one of the largest sailing events based on number of

tags: Racing, Sailing, Lake Erie

Monday, June 3, 2019

The first LYRA race week was formed in 1884 at the Queens Hotel in Toronto. It is believed that LYRA is the oldest association of yacht clubs on the continent; no other similar body is known to exist in North America in 1884. The original constitution stated “The object of the Association shall be to encourage yacht building and

tags: Racing, Sailing, Lake Ontario