How is 2022 treating you so far? I was certainly happy to slam the door on 2021 and am looking forward to an active 2022.
The Basic Coastal Navigation course filled quickly when we were limited to 10 people indoors. Then the classroom closed and we proceeded to prepare the course entirely on ZOOM. We are past the half way point, maintaining course and speed toward our destination of holding the exam March 5. We intend to offer the Intermediate Coastal Navigation course starting March 12.
Intermediate Coastal Navigation – 16-20 hours, $300 includes e-notes, Sail Canada Certification. Basic Coastal navigation is a prerequisite. See the standard: https://www.sailing.ca/uploads/2021/03/Intermediate-Coastal-Navigation-27-February-2021.pdf
12 March, 09:00-12:00, 13:00-16:00
15 M, 19:00-22:00
22 M, March Break, no class
29 M, 19:00-22:00
5 April, 19:00-22:00
12 April 19:00 – 22:00
16 April 09:00-16:00, course finish (location to be determined) with review, exam and registration. Dinner together to celebrate (Covid dependent)
VHF / DSC Radio course is planned for April or May. Please let us know if are interested.
Cruising courses will be offered from the beginning of June until the end of September. See our various course options at https://diamondwaterssailing.com/sailing-packages/. Weekends are already booked up until mid July.
Discounts: If you are a current member of Canadian Power and Sail Squadron, Sail Parry Sound, Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary or the Georgian Bay Biosphere, receive a 25% discount by registering for any course before the end of March 2022. After March, CPS, SPS, CCGA and GBB members receive a 10% discount.
The Golden Globe Race around the world sailing is scheduled to start on September 4 this year from Les Sables-d’Olonne France. This is not the race for modern, high tech, foiling, sailing rockets doing 30 knots – that’s the Vende Globe. The boats in the Golden Globe had to be a production cruising yacht designed before 1988, hull length of 32-36 feet with a full keel and a minimum displacement of 6200 kg. The race is solo, unassisted, nonstop and expected to take 200+ days. Skippers must navigate by compass and stars and are not allowed any electronic aids, except for a tracking device so headquarters can monitor the vessel’s progress and a transmitter to send text reports to headquarters twice daily. They also get a sealed emergency kit containing gps and satellite radios. Read more about the race: https://goldengloberace.com/ggr-2022/
I just read in the CPS newsletter about a Canadian entry to the Golden Globe Race, Guarav Shinde. Shinde grew up sailing in India and emigrated to Canada to study at Western University in London Ontario. He started his Golden Globe campaign in 2019 with his boat, Good Hope, a Baba 35 designed by Robert Perry, and is busy preparing her at the Port Credit Yacht Club. Good Hope is hull number 42 and is now 42 years old. The number 42 resonates with Shilde because of its significance in the Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy. Shilde says, pursue your dreams because they result in memories. Memories are even greater than dreams. https://goldengloberace.com/skipper/2022/gaurav-shinde/
One of my favourite magazines, Canadian Yachting, had this existential gem, ‘What I learned from my sacrificial anode’. https://www.canadianyachting.ca/diy/maintenance/6736-what-i-learned-from-my-sacrificial-anode
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Enjoy the rest of the winter!