How Oracle Won the 34th America’s Cup

by Mark Bunzel What were the odds that Oracle Team USA would come back from an 8-1 deficit in the America’s Cup finals? After Race 4, Las Vegas odds-makers said 700 to 1. Undeterred, Oracle achieved the seemingly impossible and won the America’s Cup. They made their boat faster, got the boat better balanced, and…

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Sam Landsman’s Cruise Report: Fall Cruising

Labor Day Weekend The weather this summer has been spectacular, and Labor Day weekend did not disappoint. I had guests visiting from out of town and we hadn’t planned on doing any boating. But with a perfect forecast and a bit of free time, we decided to make a quick overnight trip to the San…

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America’s Cup Racing

Story and Photos by Mark Bunzel America’s Cup racing may be the most exciting event in the boating world. This is especially so with high performance catamarans in the challenging seas of San Francisco Bay. I used to live and sail in the Bay area. I’m no expert, but I understand what they mean when…

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App Review: Nobeltec TimeZero

When people ask me “Which marine navigation app should I buy?” I tell them to start with the charting they are most familiar with. Apps now support Navionics, C-Map, Garmin and others. For loyal users of Nobeltec software on the PC, there was no app solution until now. During the summer Nobeltec released their TimeZero…

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Bob Hale’s 2013 Cruise Report #4

Wrapping up and home from the Broughtons Cruise Report No. 3 focused on Canada Day celebrations in the Broughtons and skipped a few things from late June. Here they are, together with notes from the balance of the cruise. We planned to go north of Vancouver Island this year, to Ocean Falls and Shearwater on…

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Restaurants of the Month: Ganges

When you arrive in a marina town, one of the tough decisions is where to dine. Keeping a crew happy with the right selection is an art. Should you prepare an outstanding meal on the boat after visiting a farmers market, or sample some of the local flavor through their restaurants? In Ganges, it is…

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A Summer Dream Cruise Charter in the Broughtons

Throughout the summer we receive some great cruising blogs we like to share to give our readers ideas for their own cruises or to provide an update on a cruising area. Monty and Margy, from Vancouver, chartered a 43-foot sailboat out of False Creek for 19 days. Monty is an investment advisor and in his…

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Sam Landsman’s Cruising Report: Returning Home

Returning from a summer cruise is always bittersweet. I’m normally ready for a bit more space, showers that don’t require coins, and a fully equipped kitchen. But I quickly miss the camaraderie, solitude, scenery, and wildlife of cruising. Getting to Anacortes from Barkley Sound requires a trip through the Strait of Juan de Fuca, a…

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Tommy T: A Hoot of a Time on the Hummingbird Pub Bus

Tommy Transit, or Tommy T for short, is the most entertaining bus driver you’ll ever have. Tommy T. and his bus. Many years ago, after a couple of tough turns in his life, he decided what he really wanted to do was drive a transit bus in Vancouver, B.C. He ended up driving one for…

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Foodie Heaven: Salt Spring Island

Salt Spring Island has been foodie heaven since the late 1800s.  Back then, Hope Bay was the ferry landing for boats that took fresh produce grown on the island to the markets in Vancouver. Salt Spring has always been known for its laid-back vibe. The 60s and 70s never left Salt Spring and there are…

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Mark Bunzel’s Cruising Report #7

August 15 – Ladysmith to Thetis This morning we took a quick tour of Ladysmith and had a meeting with Tom Irwin, the executive director of the Ladysmith Maritime Museum. This group is amazing and over 200 volunteers strong. Where else can you find a community run marina that is this much fun? The place…

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Restaurant of the Month: Penny’s Palapa

After a long day of cruising, sometimes you just want to sit down to a great meal without having to go far from the harbor. When you arrive in Nanaimo, it is hard to beat Penny’s Palapa, conveniently located on a float amongst the moored boats. It is a popular place and rather than wait…

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