Ontario Sailing Golf Classic
Mark your calendar for the
3rd Annual Ontario Sailing Golf Classic!
September 12, 2012 - Piper's Heath Golf Club - Milton
Lunch: 12pm ~ Tee Time: 1:15pm
Registration includes lunch, golf & dinner!
$220/person or $800/foursome
Ontario Sailors Cycle Across Canada to Support Easter Seals Able Sail Program
Ira Carson, Joey Carson, Max Tabord-Meehan
Article credit: Sydney Goodfellow
The last place three sailors expected to find themselves this summer was on land.
On May 15th, Ira Carson, Joey Carson and Max Tabord-Meehan began their 8000 kilometre cycling trip across Canada to support access-sailing at Easter Seals Camp Merrywood, in Perth ON.
Camp Merrywood provides a fully accessible summer camp experience to 350 kids with physical disabilities each year, where sailing is amongst the most popular activities. It allows kids to explore the boundaries of their independence on Big Rideau Lake.
Sailing has lots to teach us about personal potential says Max. Easter Seals has done a fantastic job of promoting access-sailing and we're proud to support them.
Ira, Joey and Max have been sailing instructors at clubs throughout Toronto, including Ashbridges Bay Yacht Club, Royal Canadian Yacht Club, and Scarborough Bluffs Sailing Club. Their goal is to raise $8000 to purchase more adaptive sailing and safety equipment for campers at Camp Merrywood.
We want to give back to the sailing community and help more kids get on the water.
Please visit http://www.8000km.ca/ to follow their ride across Canada and show your support!
Invitation from LSSA President, Rosemary Helmer
Calling All Dinghy Sailors!
We invite you to Register Now for LSSA 2012
Host Club: Mississauga Sailing Club
LSSA Training Day Fri. June 22, 2012
LSSA Regatta Sat. June 23 & Sun. June 24
For the past 11 months we the volunteers of the
LSSA: Lake Sailing Skiff Association,
Mississauga Sailing Club,
Your Class Association Executives
with support from the
Staffs of Ontario Sailing & the Canadian Yachting Association
have worked many long, diligent hours to bring
You the Top Dinghy Sailors
The 116th running of LSSA 2012
Now it is your turn to spring into action and Register!
Early Bird Registration Open til Midnight Friday, June 15th, 2012
Late Bird Registration After Midnight Friday, June 15th, 2-012
A valuable prize will be awarded to the First Dinghy Sailor to Register.
Those of you who register early benefit from a significant discount in Regatta Fees.
In preparation for the LSSA Regatta
Bring your dinghy and join other Dinghy sailors in your class at the
LSSA Training Day Friday, June 22, 2012
Spend your day learning from one of the best,
Thomas Fogh, Ontario Sailing / CYA Class Development Coach
past National Sailing Team Member and Sailing Champion
To Register: Contact Rosemary Helmer, LSSA President
LSSA 2012 REGATTA
Invited Classes are:
Albacores, Bytes, CL 14-16s, Mirrors, 49ers, Wayfarers
Invited: Grand Prix Classes are:
Club 420s, Lasers, Laser Radials, Open Bics, Optimists, 29ers.
LSSA Offers: 3 Race Courses
1. Optimist Course
2. Single - handed Course
3. Double- handed Course
Prizes will be Awarded to the
LSSA is about having Fun racing a dinghy and learning from others!
Dont miss your opportunity to sail into history at the 116th Running of LSSA 2012
Apply Now for Waterfront Cleanup Project Awards from Interlux®
-From Boating Industry Canada
The 2012 Interlux® Waterfront Challenge is underway and community organizations should apply now. A total of $50,000 will be awarded by Interlux in October to recognize projects undertaken this year that create sustainable waterfront environmental improvements in their communities. The deadline for completion of projects is September 2.
Eight awards from $4,500 to $20,000 will be presented to groups in the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean.
A five-judge panel of marine industry leaders who share a passion for protecting our waters - with the help of boaters voting on Facebook for their favorite projects among the finalists - will select 7 regional winners to be awarded $4,500 each and a grand prize winner to be awarded $20,000. Awards will be made at the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show in October, 2012.
For more information and to apply for the 2012 Interlux Waterfront Challenge, visit http://www.waterfrontchallenge.com/. For the latest Waterfront Challenge news and updates, like the Waterfront Challenge on Facebook.
Additional Note: I understand that last year, no Canadian entries were submitted and the organizers at Interlux shared their disappointment with me. We know people are doing things here in Canada - organize your group today and enter the 2012 Interlux® Waterfront Challenge. Andy Adams - Boating Industry Canada Editor
Ontario Sailing Team May Training Report
Over the month of May, both athletes and coaches of the Ontario Sailing Team have been engaged in several training and competition opportunities. These opportunities act as the foundation for skill development, ultimately leading to peak performances at targeted events throughout the season. For some athletes, CORK OCR will act as their peak event for the year, while others have their sights set on Youth Champs in Manitoba in early September or even the National Qualifying regatta scheduled for Miami OCR in January 2013.
May began with a two day training block coached by Ontario Sailing Development Coach, Chris Hewson, and Ontario Sailing High Performance Coach, Murray McCullough. This training block focused primarily on boat handling skills and some racing practice prior to the RCYC High Performance Regatta on May 5th and 6th. Ontario Team results from the RCYC HP regatta include: Laser Riley Finch 3rd & Brendan Aulthouse 5th; Radial Violet Stafford 1st, Matti Muru 3rd, Forrest Wachholz 4th, Bronwyn Richardson 5th
The following weekend, May 11-13, the OST Radial athletes headed to Portsmouth Olympic Harbour in Kingston for a 3 day training block. The group consisted of 5 athletes, two Youth Worlds representatives, Violet Stafford and Hugh MacRae, and was coached by HP Coach, Murray McCullough. Over the course of three days, the group sailed 5 sessions for approximately 2.5 hours per session. Boat handling again was the focus, more specifically on tacking and gybing techniques in various wind strengths. A thank you goes out to the Canadian Yachting Association for welcoming the group to use their boardroom for briefings, debriefings and a rules session and a big thanks to the city of Kingston for their on-going support and use of their launching, and washroom facilities at Portsmouth Harbour.
After training in Kingston, athletes packed up and headed back to Toronto for the Audi Olympic Icebreakers regatta hosted by the Toronto Sailing and Canoe Club on May 19th and 20th. Before that, the team attended another two day training block at TS&CC coached by Chris Hewson and Murray McCullough. Chris coached the development 29er squad while Murray continued to work closely with the single handed laser and radial team. Olympic Laser Sailor, David Wright, also joined the group during this two day training block and we thank him for his valuable contributions! Ontario Team results from the Audi Olympic Icebreakers regatta include: 29er Jean Matthieu Bolland/Ben Strickland 3rd; Sean Kayser/Cameron Sawyer 5th; Laser Ian Hill 4th, Matt Sullivan 8th, Brendan Aulthouse 11th, Riley Finch 12th; Radials Bronwyn Richardson 1st, Violet Stafford 2nd, Matti Muru 3rd, Mark McGugan 8th, Forrest Wachholz 13th
On May 24-26th, Kingston served again as the training base for a three day session with Ontario 420 female Youth Worlds reps Meredith Megarry and Ali Tenhove. With a recent addition of Ali as crew, the two girls spent three days working greatly on the basics. Communication, tacking and gybing technique and some lay line practice. These girls show a great deal of talent and Ontario should be proud to have them as the national representatives for the 2012 Youth Worlds in Ireland this July. Furthermore, Ontario Development Coach, Chris Hewson, will be the Youth Worlds double handed coach and will be working closely with Meredith and Ali! Keep an eye on the Ontario Sailing Team sight for results updated from the Youth Worlds. We wish the entire Youth Worlds Team the best of Luck in Ireland this July!
On the final week of May, Quest for Gold athlete, Caroline Karsjepesein, began to test the waters in a double wired skiff. Training out of RCYC with the 49er team, Caroline got her first taste at crewing on the Olympic 49er. With the recent announcement of the female skiff in the 2016 games, Ontario has and will continue to target female sailors to transfer over into the skiff world. The next scheduled training session for Caroline in the 49er is set for the first week in August!
Finally, some of the Ontario Sailing Quest for Gold team athletes (Evert McLaughlin, Matt Ryder and Justin Norton) competed in the annual Skandia Sail for Gold regatta in Weymouth, England. Weymouth is the Olympic site for sailing at the 2012 Olympic Games and certainly inspired our Ontario athletes to set their sights on Rio in 2016. Former Ontario Sailing Team athletes and current Canadian Sailing Team athletes Tom Ramshaw, Robert Davis and Greg Clunies, also competed at this event. For more details and results please go to:
Looking forward, June will continue to be a busy month for the team. Training blocks are scheduled for the Laser and Radial teams leading into Laser Canadians at the Etobicoke Yacht Club on June 21st -24th . Please follow the team on the Ontario Sailing Team website at:
Or follow their results at the Laser Canadians website at:
Ontario Sailing High Performance Coach
Announcing the 2012 Ontario Sailing Teams
Congratulations to the following athletes for being named to the 2012/2013 Quest For Gold Elite Team, Ontario Sailing Team or the Ontario Sailing Development Team. Keep your eye out for these athletes on the water!
Quest for Gold Elite Team
Ontario Sailing Team
Ontario Sailing Development Team
Evert McLaughlin - Laser
Brendan Aulthouse - Laser
Billy Fuse - 29er
Matthew Ryder - Laser
Ben McLaughlin - Laser
Sam Thompson - 29er
Justin Norton - Laser
Riley Finch - Laser
Aidan Ross - 29er
Matthew Sullivan - Laser
Mitchell MacDonald - Laser
Fred Scott - 29er
Samantha Rea - Radial
Hugh Macrae - Radial
Jean-Matthieu Bolland - 29er
Violet Stafford - Radial
Ian Hill - Laser
Sean Kayser - 29er
Bronwyn Richardson - Radial (TBC)
Cameron Sawyer - 29er
Audrey Kobayashi - 2.4m
Mark McGugan - Radial
Sharath Kunnanath - Laser
Katie Paialunga - 2.4m
Nicholas Schwenger - Laser
Caroline Kaars Sijpesteijn - Skiff
Class Camp, Crew Camp and Hire a Coach Programs
As you prepare for the coming sailing season, is your crew prepping for your upcoming Ontario or Canadian Championships? Are you sailing the Lake Ontario 300 or one of the many events in Ontario and feel some good quality coaching would help your team compete at a higher level?
Ontario Sailing is proud to announce the launch of our new Class Camp, Crew Camp and "Hire A Coach" Programs. Working with a selected group of high quality coaches, let us match you up with an appropriate coach skilled in getting your team, crew or yourself to make your boat move faster.
By also tying in good knowledge of fitness, nutrition and hydration the coaches can help you understand how preplanning these fundamental areas works in helping you reach your goals.
Presently we have a number of former National Team Athletes who have transitioned into the coaching community and a number of top quality class specific coaches ready to help you reach your goals faster. We also have experts available to run sessions on fitness, nutrition, hydration, weather, tactics, rules and the list goes on.
Class Camp is a program developed to support our Sailing Classes. We have experience in running specified training for classes such as the Snipe, Shark, Laser, 420, numerous keelboats, Radial, 29er, J 24, Contender, and many more. By working together in training teams (2-6 boats), the coach can work out a weekend camp that incorporates drills to become better at starts, mark roundings, spinnaker hoists, tacks, gybes and many other skills and maneuvers. Let us customize a weekend camp for your class and become a graduate of Ontario Sailings Class Camp program this season.
Crew Camp is a program developed to support individual boat crews. By incorporating and including a high quality coach on your boat, let them help you take seconds off your tacks, communicate better as a group and understand what the wind shifts are telling you. The coach will help to incorporate minor changes in your tactics and communications to help you get closer to the podium at your next event. Call today to book a Crew Camp program this year.
Hire a Coach is exactly what the name it implies. As you would do when your golf stroke is off, or you want to become better at skiing, let us help you hire a coach. A trained coach is an expert in skill detection and correction. They are patient, knowledgeable and most importantly have no pre-set bias about anyone on the boat. Sessions can be arranged in ½ day, full day and evening blocks, on your boat and at your club or location. For those looking for video feedback we can arrange to film from a coach boat (additional fees may apply). The sessions are normally priced all in including the crew members.
Those interested please forward an email to Glenn Lethbridge at email@example.com or call Glenn at 1-888-672-7245 or 905-572-7245 - extension 224.
Glenn will arrange to have a coach contact you directly to work out the details that will best suit your needs, schedule and class of boat. Ontario Sailing can supply Coach Boat, marks, video gear and materials matched to your needs.
We look forward to working with you!
Boater Assist Canada
HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT BOATER ASSIST CANADA?
|Boating Ontario is VERY excited to announce that we launched Boater Assist province wide on May 15, 2012 and it is available to boaters in most major waterways in Ontario.
Boater Assist is a member based service. Membership is only $75 (basic) or $125 (family). A boater will want to be a member for three reasons:
Basic Rescue Service: Provides the towing or service for soft ungroundings, battery failure, mechanical breakdowns and emergency fuel delivery. Boater Assist Service Centres are ready to assist our boaters from 7am - 10pm from May 15 - October 31. With one central number to call, Boater Assist will efficiently dispatch the closest service provider. Boaters also have access to a new web-based application that acts as a mobile locator that will identify their latitude and longitude real-time for the call centre.
Members have access the most comprehensive Boat Insurance product available in Ontario that includes a 10% member discount. Insurance Brokerage services are provided by HUB International.
Additional Member Benefits area available on the Boater Assist website providing boaters with discounts on products and services such as Boat Financing, Personal Flotation Devices, Marine Audio Products, Hotels and much more!
For the first time in the province of Ontario, if you run into trouble on the water, help is only a 1-800 call away!
If you have engine failure, run out of gas, need a tow, experience a soft grounding or battery failure, as a Boater Assist member you simply call the 1-800 number and their highly trained service providers will be dispatched from the closest service centre.
Selling memberships in Boater Assist Canada is EASY and VERY rewarding!
Ontario Sailing Member Organizations Can Promote Boater Assist and Support Their Organization and Ontario Sailing At the Same Time
We are inviting your organization to participate with Ontario Sailing in this tremendous opportunity! It is as easy as putting a banner ad on yoru website, embedding a URL, and promoting Boater Assist to your members. Every time someone clicks thru to the BoaterAssist.com website, a commission is generated that is shared equally between Ontario Sailing and the organization that provided the referral.
This is good for Ontario Sailing - Good for your Organization - and GREAT for your boating members!
The commission for the initial sale is 20% to Ontario Sailing and 20% to your Organization - PLUS your organization will receive a 10% commission every year the member renews their membership for the following 5 YEARS. We encourage you to join Ontario Sailing on this exciting initiative!
If you are interesting in being part of this opportunity please contact Shauna Cartlidge at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-888-672-7245 ext. 221.
Boater Assist Canada will provide everything you need to get started!
Class Afloat Announces a $10,000.00 Young Canadian Sailor Scholarship
Lunenburg, Nova Scotia West Island College International Class Afloat has established the Class Afloat Young Canadian Sailor Scholarship to assist a student - endorsed by their CYA member club or sailing school - to participate in an extraordinary educational experienceattending high school while ocean sailing aboard a majestic square-rigged tall ship. The $10,000.00 scholarship will be awarded for the first time this year.
Class Afloat offers young people a unique journey of education and personal discovery. For eight months, students live, study and sail aboard The Sørlandet, a fully restored 210 foot 1927 Class A square-rigged tall ship. The scholarship recognises the personal development values shared by Class Afloat and CYA member sailing schools and yacht clubs across Canada by helping a young Canadian sailor experience one of the worlds ultimate education and sailing experiences.
The voyage will take students to over 20 ports on four. Students will participate in volunteer service projects in Senegal and the Dominican Republic. Through the course of the voyage, the young sailors become part of a close knit international community of like-minded peers, sharing experiences, developing leadership skills and making friendships that will last for lifetime.
The students are guided and supported on their journey by a team of professionals -experienced and passionate teachers, and a crew of fully qualified mariners.
Over 1500 students have taken part in Class Afloats blue water high school since it was founded over twenty-five years ago. The school is based in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada and is fully accredited by the provinces Ministry of Education to grant high school credits and matriculate high school graduates. Class Afloat university students are enrolled with
The Class Afloat Young Canadian Sailor Scholarship will be awarded to the young Canadian sailor who best demonstrates the values of excellence, integrity, community, teamwork, accountability, respect, commitment and achievement in his or her academic and sailing life. The application deadline is June 15, 2012. More information is available at www.classafloat.com.
Christening of ABYC Mark/Pin Boat Named to Honour Jack Cameron
|'Fellow Judges and Race Officers gather for christening: Don McIntyre, Andrew Wardle, Patrick Lymburner, John Weakley, Ian Gow, Wendy Loat, and Katie Nicoll - Christening of ABYC mark/pin boat named to honour Jack Cameron' Katie Nicoll|
From Sail-World Canada
As a now Honorary but long term member of ABYC, Patrick Lymburner was asked to say something about Jack Cameron, at the christening of the new mark/pin boat named in his honour. Pat was quick to point it that, 'It is not hard to think of the many whose lives were touched by this man, as his contribution to the Sport of Sailing is legendary.'
Jack was an International Judge whose career spanned many years and many World Championships. He was known for his great understanding of the rules and for his strict adherence to proper procedure. He mentored many of us for many years and it was rare indeed that our actions went without some valid suggestion for improvement. It made us all better.
His career at the Bank of Montreal brought him to Toronto from Pointe Claire Yacht Club where he was a past Commodore. He was also a Past President of the St. Lawrence Valley Yacht Racing Association. He was a Past President of the Canadian Yachting Association and he was involved at CORK almost from its inception. After becoming their Chief Judge he succeeded in raising the standard of Judging to its highest level and set the benchmark that most of us are still trying to achieve.
He became a member of Ashbridges Bay Yacht Club and took up duty as the Chief Judge there where he was instrumental in bringing many young people into the world of officiating both as Judge and Race Officer. There were many lessons learned over a beer in Duffys Lounge at ABYC listening to Jack answer questions or have discussions.
His contributions to CORK were recognized by its members when they made him the first recipient of the Douglas Heath Award for outstanding service as a volunteer. It was only one of many awards that Jack received.
He was named Volunteer of the Year by CYA in 1982 and his volunteer activity did not diminish right up to his death. In fact, he was still reviewing Sailing instructions when he passed away.
It has been hard to find a method of adequately responding to his memory, not just for ABYC, but for those that numbered amongst his friends from outside of the Club.
For those of us involved in the Sailing Community he will be missed. His contributions were numerous but it will always be his steady counsel, advice, guidance, the jocular socializing and all those other things that made him our friend that we will remember. There are so many who were touched by this man.
Ashbridge's Bay Yacht Club is to be commended for taking the initiative to recognize Jack Cameron's significant contributions. The naming of their new boat will carry on his legacy. Its presence on the Lake at the many events ABYC graciously supports, will honour this great contributor to our sport. It is a legacy I know he would be proud of and one which will remind us all that our contributions are not forgotten and that our legacy is the people we leave behind to carry on the work. His work resides in all of the officials who ever worked with him and to see his name carried to the many events he loved to participate in is indeed a fitting tribute. On behalf of all the Officials, we thank you for this. He was and continues to be in our hearts, as our friend and mentor.'
Snipe Palm D'Or Regatta Report
Courtesy of Harri Palm
Every year at this time in Cannes, France someone gets some kind of an award for making movies. It might be called the Palm dOr or something like that.
Well, meanwhile every spring in Guelph, Ontario, Canada, they do their own version of the Palm DOr; a Snipe regatta like no other. It has been said that this trophy is one of the most sought after prizes in all of yachting.
Sailing on Guelph Lake is not like sailing in Miami, Annapolis or San Diego. The average race is about 15 minutes long. The winds are shifty often oscillating between ninety degrees or more. On Tuesday race nights, six starts in a night are not uncommon. In light air conditions on the tiny lake, the lead is never safe. This not sailing for weak at heart. Nerves have snapped, voices have been raised, grown men have been known to weep.
That is what drew 11 Canadian Snipe teams to this small reservoir lake just northwest of Toronto on the weekend of May 26-27. Click here for regatta results.
Hosted by Fleet 877 and the Guelph Community Boating Club, nine races were sailed over the two days. With a high pressure system parked over the lake all weekend, the scores were definitely all over the map. Everyone was well aware of what Guelph Lake had to offer so no complaints were heard about the unpredictable winds. Race Chair Gary Goodman did a superhuman job. By the end of the regatta, he had managed to have the crews sail with winds from every point of the compass.
Current Canadian Champs Chris Hains and Barb Mann showed great consistency and came out the winners. They never finished worse than fifth and that was a rarity. Any of the other boats that won a race or two, also had finishes well back in the pack.
The regatta also had a Canadian junior team for the first time in many years. Skipper Leo Arsenault with brothers Jay and Duncan McKinnon crewing gained valuable experience and showed moments of promise.
Rainy Day Kits for Youth Sailing Programs
From Sailors for the Sea
Sailors for the Sea Rainy Day Kits library now consists of 12 marine science lesson plans for youth sailing programs.
These lesson plans are aimed at students 5 to 14 and are created to use minimal equipment that can often be found in your yacht club's office or supply store. Click here to download these free lesson plans.
One Day Cold Water Workshops
With Doctor Gordon Giesbrecht
On Saturday September 22nd and Monday, September 24th, the CSBC will be holding a one day cold water workshop with Dr. Gordon Giesbrecht* at the Marriott, Residence Inn in Gravenhurst, Ontario.
These one day workshops will cover topics including
mechanism of heat loss,
thermal protection realities,
triage of the hypothermic victim,
packaging for transportation.
If you are a first responder or you work on or near the water this is a perfect opportunity to broaden your knowledge of cold water and enhance your knowledge and skills when dealing with a hypothermic victim. Participants will receive a certificate of completion at the conclusion of the workshop. Cost is $185 and includes lunch. Space is limited. Go to www.csbc.ca to register today!
The Residence Inn by Marriott, Gravenhurst Muskoka Wharf will serve as the site for the 2012 Canadian Safe Boating Council Symposium. Individuals are responsible for making their own room reservations directly with Residence Inn by Marriott no later than Aug. 15, 2012. Reservations must be made directly by calling their local number direct at 1-705-687-6600. Reference the Canadian Safe Boating Council Symposium to receive the Symposium rate and fulfill the CSBC conference requirements. All reservations must be guaranteed with a credit card.
My Favorite Galley Gear
Let me start by saying that I think you can make great meals with whatever gear you have. Its possible to make good, tasty and nutritious meals with nothing more than a dented aluminum pot, a teaspoon and a pocket knife. I certainly dont think you need a bunch of gadgets to cook well but a few good pieces of equipment will make things a lot easier and more enjoyable.
Leaving out the big stuff like whether or not to have a refrigerator or a watermaker, and also assuming that youve got things like dishes, glasses, silverware, some pans and basic items like a can opener, what are some of the little things that I find myself using time after time and happy that I have?
That was the question that Kirsten asked me by e-mail this past weekend. Shed been reading through many of the outfitting articles and was starting to feel a little overwhelmed. She wanted to know what she might not have really thought about in equipping her galley.
I could list 50 or more items, but Ive narrowed down my list to just 5 items (some are multi-part) that maybe you havent thought of if youre just moving aboard . . . or starting to plan for moving aboard. Titles in each link to my detailed article on the item (except for the food storage containers I just realized I havent written much about them) and the photos link directly to the product on Amazon if you want to see it there.
Baking Stone - Due to their smaller size, boat ovens tend to have uneven heat and other problems. A baking stone will do more to help baking in a typical boat oven than almost anything else, helping to retain heat and evening out hot spots. Just leave it in the oven and use it for everything you bake. Make sure its at least 1/2″ thick so its not likely to crack or break with the motion of the boat. See also Using a Baking Stone.
If you dont have an oven, forget about the baking stone and get an Omnia Stove Top Oven. They are fantastic and by far the best way to bake on the stove top!
Mixing Bowl & Spoon - While you can use almost any container and spoon to mix things up, a mixing bowl and spoon designed for hand mixing (assuming you dont have an electric mixer aboard) make it so much easier. And if youre thinking about making yeast breads, a high-quality plastic bowl makes it a lot easier to tell when youve added the right amount of flour and makes it easy to knead right in the bowl without adding too much flour (read more about Making Bread). It can be difficult to find a good hand mixing spoon these days since so few people use them but a good one makes mixing heavy batters and dough much easier.
Knives - Good knives are indispensable as I find myself cutting and chopping far more foods than when living ashore. One good knife will do you more good than a big set of cheap ones, but the reality is that I really want 4 knives aboard: a chefs knife, a paring knife, a serrated/bread knife and a fillet knife, plus a good cutting board (non-slip and made of a material thats not going to dull my knives) and a knife sharpener. You also need a good way to store your knives so that they dont become dangerous missiles in rough seas (or even if a jet ski passes by). I really like the BladeSafe discussed in my article on knives!
Thermos - I found a really good Thermos (or maybe I should say, several really good Thermos bottles) to be another item I truly treasured on Que Tal. I used them for the typical coffee and hot drinks, sure, but they really added value in allowing me to make my own yogurt and in Thermos cooking (the cruisers answer to a crockpot). Ive learned that there are considerable differences in how well insulated different brands of Thermos bottles are be sure to read the results of my Thermos testing. A found that the extra money I spent on buying a better Thermos was well worth it!
Plastic Food Storage Containers - on a boat, using old butter containers and yogurt tubs just wont cut it. Lids will pop off with the slightest motion of the boat. Buying good containers will save a lot of money and aggravation in the long run. If you buy cheap ones, stuff will spill and youll be a lot less than happy cleaning out the refrigerator or locker (not to mention the critters that might find the spills before you do) . . . and then youll go out and buy better ones. Buy good ones initially and save yourself the aggravation!
There are several good brands of containers with positively locking lids I like Lock & Lock (pictured) because they have the squarest shape and straightest sides, thus resulting in little wasted space. I was absolutely amazed at how many containers I needed to store all my provisions . . . and how much money I spent on them (easily over one hundred dollars, and more as I later picked up additional containers)!
It was tough to narrow this down to just five items . . . Im sure that various readers will have other ideas of what theyve come to really treasure over the years but didnt really think about prior to spending time in their galley. Leave a note about your favorites that might be overlooked!
LOCCA Rendezvous 2012
August 11th & 12th, 2012
Are you an active cruiser with your yacht club and interested in meeting other cruisers from around Lake Ontario? The Lake Ontario Cruising Club Association (LOCCA) is holding the Second Annual LOCCA Rendezvous on the weekend of August 11th, 2012, to bejointly hosted by Mimico Cruising Club and Etobicoke Yacht Club. 37 yacht clubs are members of LOCCA with an estimated 90 boats from 20 clubs expected to attend the Rendezvous.
Dress Your Ship and wear your club colours to win great prizes and more! No boat? No problem! All members welcome by land or sea! Enjoy a great weekend, great activities and great people in a wonderful venue at MCC and EYC. Reserve your spot today!
Ticket price includes all entertainment, seminar/speakers, dinner, dessert, dancing and a welcome cocktail. Lunch and breakfast buffet also available and priced separately. Berthing will be assigned at either EYC or MCC. Book your reservation today!
Register before July 31st for the Early Bird Discount!
Only $40 for adults
$20 for kids (Under 6 years are FREE)
$50 after July 31st, 2012
*Includes all taxes and gratuities
To register please visit
❖Welcome Reception - make connections across the Lake
❖ Games for Adults & Kids with fabulous Prizes
❖ Afternoon speaker/seminars
❖ Awards Presentation & Private Dinner with Live jazz music
❖ Dancing with DJ Woods
Ed Botterrell will be the guest speaker for the weekend. To learn more about Ed please see his personal bio.
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