Nick Kozarevich, long-time Lake Ontario sailor, shared his harrowing adventure of his time overboard in Lake Ontario one early spring day just after launch. A sequence of incidents led to him ending up in the lake as his boat sailed away, with only an overturned tender to cling to.
Nick's experience and fortunate survival left him with lessons learned that have shaped his understand of staying safe on the water, and he conveyed them in a riveting talk to the Shellbacks November 7.
National Yacht Club member Paul Berry shared with Shellbacks his experiences wintering on his CS 27 for the first time in the beautiful yet frigid Frenchman's Bay in Pickering. Paul described his ups and downs and the trials and tribulations of learning how to do everything for the first time, while being surrounded by every kind of waterfowl imaginable.
Sometimes checklists just aren't enough. Hear and see how Paul integrated into a very supportive community of fellow liveaboards and what it is like to live aboard in Frenchman's Bay for the winter, the equipment needed, and the things you learn about yourself.
Paul graduated from York University in 1994 with a BA in Urban Geography & Computer Cartography (now called Geographic Information Systems). He also has a Queens Commission as an Officer in the 11th Field Regiment (Reserves) with the Canadian Armed Forces from 1988 to 1994.
Paul’s late brother was very influential in his life. Long talks at the cottage about life, his involvement with the Toronto Brigantine sailing program, and his concern about Paul’s shyness led to Paul’s becoming involved in sailing later in life.
As a youngster, when he was 15 and a lover of Star Trek, Paul started developing software in his parent’s basement. He is currently a Lead Software Developer in the Public Sector.
Paul has developed software with numerous dot coms and startups. It turns out that many ‘geeks’ have difficulty talking to humans, Paul challenged his shyness by joining the army reserves, Toast Masters, and by taking courses in public speaking. He came away with three planks:
To overcome his shyness, he did the following:
His volunteer work includes:
On October 24th Steve Killing spoke to the Shellbacks about his role as measurer in the 2017 America's Cup, and provided a glimpse into what the next America's Cup will look like.
It was interesting to hear about the precision with which the racers' sails are measured, and the highly competitive environment in which measurers must work. Measurers also operate on the water as scrutineers of sorts as the boats train and race.
The influence of the C-Class catamarans -- largely pioneered in Canada -- was traced to their larger descendants in the AC catamarans.
Shellbacks also had a chance to see first hand a C-Class catamaran's foil. Foils, being an area of design freedom in the America's Cup 2017, are among the most critical and precise parts of these boats.
The talk concluded with a look at the foiling monohulls that will be the craft used in the next America's Cup.
About Steve Killing
Steve graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a B.Eng Sc Civil Engineering in 1972, which explains, at least a bit, his rich background in the world of sailing.
He is president of his own company, Steve Killing Yacht Design Inc., designing, racing & cruising sailboats, classic powerboats and historic sailing vessels & small craft.
His involvement in design has included:
Steve’s designs have included:
Steve has also been an author:
He has also been an advisor to:
And in his spare time today, he designs and builds sets for Huronia Players Community Theatre.
On October 17th, the highly accomplished Jim Leech spoke to the Shellbacks about his 2014 expedition to the magnetic north pole. The seven-day, 120 kilometer trek on skis was completed with a contingent of 53, 12 of whom were wounded Canadian soldiers.
The expedition raised more than $12 million in support of efforts to raise awareness of post-traumatic stress disorders.
Jim Leech on top of the world
Conquers the North Pole and nabs top business book award
About Jim Leech
Jim Leech has a rich background. In 2014 he retired from a 45-year business and military career. Subsequently he was appointed the 14th of Queen's University. During his business career he held top positions in mainstream corporations such as:
In 2013, he co-authored The Third Rail, Confronting our Pension Failures, a best-selling book that received the 2013-2014 National Business Book Award.
For the past year, Jim has been the Special Advisor to Prime Minister Trudeau on the establishment of the Canada Infrastructure Bank.
In 2010, Jim was awarded the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal, in 2014 was invested as a Member of the Order of Canada and in 2017 was inducted onto the Wall of Honour at Royal Military College.
Jim holds a BSc (Hons. Math and Physics) from the Royal Military College of Canada, an MBA (1973) from Queen's University, and is a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors.
In his retirement, Jim has, among many other endeavours, remained very active in support of wounded soldiers.
Stephen & Fran Hill returned to present Part II – Down East Circle Route. They presented Part I of the trip on their 37’ Nordic Tug during the last session of Shellbacks in 2017. This past summer they continued their earlier trip, heading further down the eastern seaboard to NYC, up the Hudson, east to Lake Champlain, north to the St. Lawrence, up the Ottawa River, down the Rideau Canal & finally back up the Trent Severn to their home base on Georgian Bay.
A detailed blog of their travels can be found at :
The button below links to a video (truncated) of Stephen's presentation.
The Shellbacks will be making a day excursion on June 13 to tour Discover Harbour, Penetanguishene, an historical site tracing its roots back to the War of 1812.
Wednesday, June 13th, 2018
Meet at Discovery Harbour for a tour start at 1100 hours
After the tour, lunch at ~1300 hours at CAPTAIN ROBERTS (part of King's Wharf Theatre):
93 Jury Drive
Click the links below for details.
John Summers gave an entertaining review of Canoes and Romance, from the late 19th century to the present day, using old postcards, photos, film, and advertisements. The canoe has long been seen as the vehicle for romance, sometimes with seating designed for that specific purpose.
Once again, Rob Mazza brought his great nautical knowledge to Shellbacks as he described the history of Frederik Henrick af Chapman (considered to be the first naval architect), and explored the marine museums of Sweden and Denmark.
These countries have long and illustrious boat building histories, histories that are on display at the spectacular museums at these countries.
Richard Hudson returned to Shellbacks to describe his solo trans-Atlantic sail. Starting in Cape Town, thence to Namibia, St. Helena, and finishing in Norfolk Virginia, Richard illustrated the points on interest on his passage, and provided some tips on sailing without an autopilot.
Dianne Leggatt, supported by Rob Mazza, described the history of the Swedish battleship "Vasa". A military showpiece, it nevertheless broached and sank on its maiden voyage, a scant 1300 metres from its launching point. About 20 sailors died on the ship, and many of the others were rescued by the flotilla of smaller craft celebrating the launch.
A recovery effort later in the 1600s retrieved the valuable brass cannons that sank with the Vasa, after which she sat on the bottom of Stockholm harbour for more than three centuries. The precise location of the wreck was forgotten until it was discovered in 1956.
The discovery of the ship revealed that it was in magnificent condition, preserved by dark, cold water of a chemistry that prevented the wood being consumed by parasites. While the wood survived well, all the iron that had fastened the parts of the hull was long gone through corrosion.
An ambitious recovery and restoration was begun, and indeed still continues today. While the Vasa can be seen in the Vasa Museum, its planks are gradually decaying through acidification. Eventually -- not soon -- the Vasa will lose much of its remaining innate structural integrity and efforts are proceeding to mitigate its decline.
The Incredible Story of Sweden's Vasa Warship
Joshua Hanlon explains how the pride of Sweden's 17th century fleet sank less than an hour after it set sail in this well-shot video.
Gorgeous Decay: The Second Death of the Swedish Warship Vasa
An article describing the preservation challenges facing the Vasa
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