The Eddystone Light has a long history off the south coast of England, guiding navigators for hundreds of years. The current Eddystone Light is the fifth on the location.
Jim took the Shellbacks through the history of this great piece of marine architecture. from 1698 to the present, with lots of information on its advances in engineering and design over the decades.
The day's presentations were filled out with a viewing of two segments in the "Distant Shores" series by Paul and Cheryl Shard, Canadian adventure cruisers and documentary filmmakers. The segments were parts of the Shards' travels through the canals of France on their 42 foot "Distant Shores II".
The Distant Shores DVD series and web site can be found at http://www.distantshores.ca/.
Information and Upcoming Events
WHERE: ASHBRIDGES BAY YACHT CLUB, Coxwell & Lakeshore Blvd
WHEN: 4th Thursday in September, October, November, January, February, March
TIME: 1830 Sailor's Dinner; 1930 Tech Speaker; 2000 Main Speaker
All are welcome in a network for cruising info & experiences. Free Parking
Thu 23 March 2017
1930: Tech: Richard & Margaret Mair
INTO THE BLUE: PLANS CHANGE
When we replaced the diesel in our Alberg 30 with an electric motor, coming up the St Lawrence was not on our radar. We had planned to cruise the east coast and enjoy warmer climes further south. But then we decided to come back to Toronto. And as we started to plan the trip it occurred to us that the St Lawrence might be the better way for us to travel. And thereby hangs a tale — or several.
2015 Main: Richard Hudson
A VOYAGE TO ANTARCTICA
This is part of Richard Hudson's circumnavigation of the Americas on the 15m/50' steel, centerboard schooner, Issuma.
Thu 28 Sept 2017
Aubrey & Judy Millard
Living the Dream: The Yucatan and Central America
Our trip through the Yucatan of Mexico to Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras. Archacological ruins of the Mayans, exotic birds and animals in Guatemala, diving scencs from Roatan (Honduras), and preparations for trucking Veleda from Texas to Washington on the west coast.
CONTACT INFORMATION FOR THE WORLD CRUISING CLUB
Tel: 416-535-3319, 416-409-4089
Address: 338 Howland Ave, Toronto, ON, M5R 3B9
Note: Due to using email, yearly membership is $20/single, $25/couple
Single meeting is $5. The funds are for the speaker's dinner.
Carolyn O’Neil spoke to Shellbacks about Great Lakes Awareness and recent policies with respect to the lakes. Water extraction, pollution, invasive species and other challenges face the Great Lakes, and Carolyn laid out clearly what the challenges mean and where things might be headed in the future.
ABOUT CAROLYN O'NEILL
Carolyn works for Ontario’s Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change. She is the Manager of the Great Lakes Office for that Ministry. Her job is to advance Great Lakes policy including Ontario’s Great Lakes Strategy, the Great Lakes Protection Act and Great Lakes agreements. Prior to joining the Ministry, Carolyn was with Environment Canada where she worked on programs to protect the Great Lakes and the Fraser River in British Columbia.
Richard Hudson returned to the Shellbacks Club to describe his passage of the Northwest Passage (so taking us to the opposite end of the planet from his talk on sailing through Patagonia that he gave in the fall).
About Richard Hudson
Richard won the Ocean Cruising Club Rambler Medal in 2013.
This medal is awarded for the most challenging voyage made by a member or members.
Richard Hudson s/v Issuma: For a voyage through the Northwest passage shorthanded The award recognizes Richard's 2011-2012 voyage through the Northwest Passage from Cartwright, Labrador to Victoria, B.C. in the 50 foot steel staysail schooner Issuma. Richard had to abandon an earlier attempt in 2010 when he almost lost the mast due to rigging failure in the Labrador Sea and had to return to Cartwright and then New York for repairs.
Although in 2011 he was late in the season, having been held up for three weeks in Cartwright waiting for engine parts, the Northwest Passage light ice conditions in 2011 allowed for a fast passage. He cleared into Canada at Cambridge Bay and made Point Barrow and entered the Bering Sea. His crew left Richard in Kodiak and Richard sailed solo across the Gulf of Alaska to Yakutat, Alaska and then to Sitka where he spent the winter.
In the spring Richard sailed solo down to Victoria arriving May 1, 2012, topping off the challenge with a voyage successfully completed. The fact that he persevered in his quest and succeeded with a short-handed crew demonstrates his capabilities in the face of challenge.
Richard was also nominated in 2011 for Canadian Rolex Sailor of the Year by Canadian Yachting Association [now Sail Canada].
Karen-Ann Xaxier gave an enlightening presentation to the Shellbacks on the things that the Disabled Sailing Association of Ontario is doing in the province, as well as giving the larger context of disabled sailing in Canada.
Technology and dedication are making sailing more and more available to disabled persons, and sailing is an ideal means of enjoying nature and independence.
The DSAO can be found at http://disabledsailingontario.com/.
ABOUT KAREN-ANN XAVIER
Karen-Ann Xavier is Vice-President of the Disabled Sailing Association of Ontario, a registered charity dedicated to providing people living with a disability the opportunity to learn about and enjoy sailing. DSAO has been operating out of the Toronto Harbourfront since 1999, DSAO boats can be seen sailing in the Toronto inner harbour.
Karen-Ann Xavier has been volunteering with DSAO since 2003, with Mobility Cup since 2009 and the AbleSail Network since 2011. She also supports disabled sailing programs across Canada in an ‘ask the expert’ capacity. Mobility Cup is the Canadian National Championship of disabled sailing, the AbleSail Network is the Canadian association for disabled sailing. She is passionate about "enabling" and removing barriers to participation in sport.
Karen-Ann is an avid sailboat racer herself, and has raced for many years in different classes. Her passion is racing multihulls at the national and international level. She has also chaired and been on committees of many national and North American championships.
Christopher gave a fascinating description of his trans-Atlantic sail on an Open 60 -- a flat-out ocean racer with nothing in the line of creature comforts. Nevertheless, doing so was fulfilling a dream.
Watch the videos of Christopher's presentation and of the Open 60 below.
ABOUT CHRISTOPHER HOPE
In 1957 Christopher Hope learned to sail keel boats at Kiel in Germany while serving as a sapper with the engineers in the British Army of the Rhine.
He arrived in Canada in 1964 and has been a member of the RCYC for over 50 years. In the 1960’s Chris crewed on Sharks, & larger boats. He is currently involved with Tuesday & Thursday night race management.
Chris is a competitive KONA wind surfer. Of a summer evening you would see him surfing off the Toronto Windsurfing Club, where he is a member.
With his late wife Mary, Chris chartered over nine times in 34 – 45’ mono hull sloops, mostly Beneteaus and Jeanneaus. These adventures took them to the Caribbean, the Bahamas, Australia, and New Zealand. Their first bare boat sailing trip was to the British Virgin Islands in 1978.
Chris was certified as a Scuba diver in 1992. He is a high altitude mountain hiker, a white water wilderness canoist, a snow boarder and as of last October, a blue water sailor.
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