Today, Wednesday, August 12 at 5:00 PM EST, Philippe is hosting Happy Hour, Happy Hour is now happy online sailing with Virtual Regatta Inshore. A custom race has been created named Martin16. If you would like help getting setup, let us know and we can do it together.

Virtual Mobility Cup is less than two weeks away! If you intend to race you must start practicing now, if you haven’t already. The Virtual Regatta Inshore platform can be tricky to master, getting some practicing in will be invaluable, and you will get tips from the leaders on how to use the platform effectively and strategy.

Then, Friday, August 14 at 5:00 PM EST, we will be having our weekly Lunch and Learn that is now Dinner and Learn.

This Friday, we will racing with Virtual Regatta Inshore. Remember that Mobility Cup 2020 will be hosted online. In the meantime, we can practice and get ready. Here is the link to the game: https://www.virtualregatta.com/en/inshore-game/


Mobility Cup 2020

To participate, you will need to register for the Virtual Mobility Cup racing. A link to the registration page will be emailed to you soon. You will need to have setup your Virtual Regatta “handle”, make it similar to your name.

Races are scheduled every day at 1:30 PM and 3:00 PM, alternating between Silver and Gold fleets. However, if there are not enough registrants to host two fleets they will be combined into one fleet with racing to take place at a time to be confirmed.

We also have some great seminars planned for the week:

  • Racing Rules
  • Protest
  • Having a Great Companion Experience
  • Sailing the Martin 16 Downwind
  • Tuning the Martin 16
  • How to be Coached
  • Mobility Cup 2021 in Toronto

Seminars will take place at 11:30 AM, 4:30 PM and 7:00 PM EST. A schedule will be available soon. Registration for the seminars will be available on the Mobility Cup website.

See you on Zoom! Able Sail Toronto and Able Sail Network

Join us Wednesday, August 5 at 5:00 PM EST, Karen-Ann will be hosting Happy Hour, our weekly check-in session to see how you're coping with Coronamageddon 2020. Happy hour is now happy online sailing with Virtual Regatta Inshore. A custom race has been created named Martin16.

Join us Friday, August 7 at 3 PM EST, as we have our weekly Lunch and Learn, as we continue our sessions on Virtual Regatta.

This Friday we will racing with Virtual Regatta Inshore. Remember that Mobility Cup 2020 will be hosted online. In the meantime, we can practice and get ready. Here is the link to the game: https://www.virtualregatta.com/en/inshore-game/.

You can even participate in regattas online - most of the regattas you see online are open to anyone (20 boat maximum).

See you Friday on ZOOM!

Have you complete your AST membership renewal? You can do so here>>

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Join us Friday, July 31 at 3 PM EST, as we have our weekly Lunch and Learn. The July 31st guest speaker is Karen-Ann Xavier.

This is Session2 of Virtual Regatta.

This Friday on Zoom we will do a show and tell on the program Virtual Regatta and how to use it. Mobility Cup 2020 will be hosted online using Virtual Regatta. The Able Sail Network of Canada is working through the logistics of making this happen; in the meantime we can practice and get ready.

Friday we’ll do a review of the online training, and the online sailing lessons, then start practicing.

Here is the link to the game: https://www.virtualregatta.com/en/inshore-game/ Virtual Regatta is recommended by the UK Royal Yachting Association (RYA), and they have set up an informative website for using Virtual Regatta Inshore here: https://www.rya.org.uk/Pages/virtual-regatta.aspx

You can even participate in regattas online - most of the regattas you see online are open to anyone (20 boat maximum).

See you Friday on ZOOM!

Have you complete your AST membership renewal? You can do so here>>

#WeAreAllinthisTogether

Join us Friday, July 24 at 11:30 AM EST, as we have our weekly Lunch and Learn. The July 24th guest speaker is Karen-Ann Xavier.

Did you know that on the internet, you can go sailing and go racing!

This Friday on Zoom we will do a show and tell on the program Virtual Regatta and how to use it. Quite a few clubs have started using this online application out of Europe called Virtual Regatta Inshore, and most exciting – Mobility Cup 2020 will be hosted online. The Able Sail Network of Canada is working through the logistics of making this happen; in the meantime we can practice and get ready.

Friday we’ll do a “show and tell” so you can see the game and how it works.

Here is the link to the game: https://www.virtualregatta.com/en/inshore-game/ Virtual Regatta is recommended by the UK Royal Yachting Association (RYA), and they have set up an informative website for using Virtual Regatta Inshore here: https://www.rya.org.uk/Pages/virtual-regatta.aspx

You can even participate in regattas online - most of the regattas you see online are open to anyone (20 boat maximum).

See you Friday on ZOOM!

Have you complete your AST membership renewal? You can do so here>>

#WeAreAllinthisTogether

Join us Friday, July 10 at 11:30 AM EST, as we have our weekly Lunch and Learn. The July 10th guest speaker is Jacqueline Czernecki, President of Able Sail Toronto.

Jacqueline Czernecki was an insurance professional before becoming disabled, working for Canadian insurers and coordinating with International insurers such as Lloyd’s of London. She worked as a claims expert for major corporations such as Sears Canada, has handled fatality claims, and has extensive experience in CGL claims. Her last job (her favourite!) was as a Marine Claims Manager, handling vessel claims, international cargo claims and even longshoreman liability claims. During her Marine career, Jacqueline also carried out risk and hazard evaluations on-site, and helped Marine Underwriters to write manuscript and subscription policies.

Jacqueline will be covering insurance policies specifically as related to able sail programs and coverages. This is a great opportunity to come join in with your insurance questions.

See you Friday on ZOOM!

Have you complete your AST membership renewal? You can do so here>>

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Join us Friday, July 3 at 11:30 AM EST, as we have our weekly Lunch and Learn. The July 3rd guest speaker is a two-for-one with Robert Muzzy and Karen-Ann and a secret guest Cameo appearance. Your guest speakers will be doing a tour of National Yacht Club, see the club and surrounding area with a walking tour via Zoom, and also see some of the latest developments. Meet the NYC dining room staff and good news, the patio is now open.

The Upper Deck patio is open, picnic tables are out, and Lower Deck is ready to go! NYC is following the regulations set out by the City of Toronto. Furniture has been placed with clear distances, so cannot be moved. Service begins on the Upper Deck patio July 1. You may take your takeout orders to the Lower Deck and picnic tables. The takeout window remains open from 11AM-9PM.

See you Friday on ZOOM!

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Happy Canada Day! Today we are taking a break from Wednesday Happy Hour, and the next Wednesday Happy Hour, July 7th will be hosted from National Yacht Club with special host Will!

While we may all be celebrating a little differently than we have in the past, it is our past that makes this country great. Here are some 'fun facts' about our home and native land:

  • 2020 marks the 40th anniversary of our national anthem;
  • Canada has over 71,000 km of stunning coastlines - the most in the world;
  • The Bay of Fundy in New Brunswick has the world’s highest tides;
  • Edmonton is the northernmost city in North America with a population of over 1 million;
  • Canada’s lowest recorded temperature was -81.4 degrees Fahrenheit (-63 C) in 1947;
  • Canada has more lakes than the rest of the world’s lakes combined;
  • Canada is one of the best places in the world to view the Northern Lights;
  • Canada consumes more macaroni and cheese than any other nation in the world;
  • Every Christmas, over 1 million letters are addressed to Santa Claus at his own postal code H0H 0H0, North Pole, Canada;
  • With 1,896 km (1,178 mi), Yonge Street in Toronto is the longest street in the world;
  • Canada’s official phone number is 1-800-O-CANADA. It provides general information on Gov of Canada programs, services and how to access them;
  • Canadian banknotes have Braille-like markings on them for the blind;
  • Canada has fewer people than Tokyo’s metropolitan area;
  • Canada consumes the most doughnuts and has the most doughnut shops per capita of any country in the world;
  • Our famous 'Eh' is listed in the Oxford Dictionary.

Stay healthy and have a Happy Canada Day!

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Saving Lives in South African Waters

The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) is the charity organization that saves lives, both coastal and inland in South Africa. NSRI's goal is to prevent drowning through rescue operations, education and prevention initiatives.

Operating from base stations along the SA coastline and on inland dams, NSRI's rescue volunteers are on call at all times 24/7/365. NSRI rescue crew receives no payment and do not charge the people we rescue.

The NSRI team also visits schools around the country teaching children about water safety. NSRI drowning prevention measures include an online training academy with free courses for crew and the public, emergency signage, Pink Rescue Buoys for emergency flotation, rescue swimmers, lifeguards, and active patrols during peak seasons. There are over 1000 volunteers across the country.

Robert Fine has been a volunteer scuba diver with NSRI in South Africa for the last 15 years. Robert will be describing what his role is at NSRI and one of the most memorable rescues he participated in where they took 20 people off a sinking ship called the MV Ioannis.

The MV Ioannis MK was a bulk carrier built by the Marugame shipyard in Japan as the Masashima Maru in 1977 which sank on 23 July 2009 95 nautical miles (176 km; 109 mi) off Saldanha Bay, South Africa. The ship was carrying 22,500 tonnes of sugar on passage from Brazil to India. All the crew were rescued by helicopter.

See you Friday on ZOOM!

Have you complete your AST membership renewal? You can do so here>>

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Every Wednesday at 5:00 PM EST on Zoom, we host Happy Hour, our weekly check-in session to see how you're coping with Coronamageddon 2020. This Wednesday June 17th is especially important because of some news that will be announced, followed by a celebration! DJ Daddy Mack will be doing a live Wednesday DJ gig to the members of Able Sail Toronto and Able Sail Network of Canada live via Zoom over the Internet, and it will be a blast!! Rodney Mack is a great able sailor from Victoria, BC that some of you will know from seeing him at Mobility Cup and enjoying his fantastic music that gets everyone on the dance floor. So put your headphones on, your dancing shoes and enjoy the music. Rodney made this short video up for them to play the evening of the gig!!

Click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yNWsWxNqUb8

#yyj #djdaddymack #ablesailtoronoto #bestvictoriaonlinedj

PM Karen-Ann Xavier for the ZOOM meeting ID.

Hurricane Irma was an extremely powerful Cape Verde storm that caused widespread destruction in September 2017. Irma was the first Category 5 hurricane to strike the Leeward Islands on record, followed by Maria two weeks later. At the time, it was considered as the most powerful hurricane on record in the open Atlantic region, outside of the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico until it was surpassed by Hurricane Dorian just two years later. The ninth named storm, fourth hurricane, second major hurricane and first Category 5 hurricane of the 2017 season, Irma caused widespread and catastrophic damage particularly in the northeastern Caribbean and the Florida Keys. It was also the most intense hurricane to strike the continental United States since Katrina in 2005, the first major hurricane to make landfall in Florida since Wilma in the same year, and the first Category 4 hurricane to strike the state since Charley in 2004. It was soon referred to as Irmageddon.

John Holmberg is a retired charter captain of 30 years and worked predominantly out of St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. He comes from three generations of sailors. He started sailing at the age of three and he has spent his life on the water. He has done it all, from teaching windsurfing at the Bitter End to captaining private boats. His brother Peter Holmberg is renowned for match racing and for participating in the America’s Cup.

John was the owner of The Captain’s School in St. Thomas. Based out of American Yacht Harbor on the east end of the island, Holmberg and several other licensed and seasoned veterans of the sailing trade taught courses that vary from simple “learn to sail” classes all the way to STCW certifications and other coast guard-approved licensing. He is a Special Instructor for Sail and Powerboat owners or buyers, he performs pre and post purchase evaluations and training on Docking, Anchoring, Hurricane Prep, Repair and Maintenance. He presented Sailboat Racing Seminars and onboard training. John also taught Underwater Repair & Maintenance with HD Video Documenting Service.

This Friday June 19th at 11:30AM EST John will talk about how to prepare your boat for hurricane season, and his experiences during hurricane season in the US Virgin Islands. He will also discuss what it was like preparing for hurricane Irma, before, during and in the aftermath. See more here: https://youtu.be/W3ghU4e2OKY

See you Friday on ZOOM!

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Flt Lt Stephen Davidson RAF joined the RAF in November 1977. He graduated as a fast jet pilot and initially flew Jet Provost and Hawk trainers before a short tour on the Phantom F4. Steve converted to helicopters in 1980 and flew Puma helicopters on 230 "Tiger" squadron in Gutersloh, W. Germany in support of the NATO army forces. Pilots in the RAF fly in many roles and different aircraft changing every few years and after Pumas Steve converted to the Sea King HAR Mk3 and joined D Flt, 202 Squadron at RAF Lossiemouth as a SAR (Search & Rescue) pilot. As well as flying in around the UK coastline Steve was posted to fly Sea Kings in the Falkland Islands doing SAR, army support and maritime reconnaissance (4 months at a time).

After a tour on SAR Steve joined Handling Squadron at RAF Boscombe Down (writing and editing pilots manuals and FRCs - Flight Reference Cards that are used both in normal and emergency situations).

Steve's final 3 years in the RAF was spent teaching SAR at RAF Valley on Anglesey on the Search & Rescue Training Unit flying Wessex HAR Mk2 choppers.

Steve is now retired after 17 years in the RAF and is now living in Kilifi, Kenya. He is an avid offshore sailor (owns a 10 metre Ketch called Kitu and sails as crew on a 45 ft Prout catamaran called Samaki). Steve has always been an avid fisherman and after leaving the RAF he ran a fishing charter business on the Kenya coast for 19 years, and operating on a 10 metre sport fishing boat took people deep sea fishing for dorado, kingfish, barracuda and the fastest fishes in the ocean – sailfish, wahoo, yellowfin tuna and marlins.

See you Friday on ZOOM!

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AST Lunch and Learn June 5th Stephen Bushe

Join us Friday, June 5 at 11:30 AM EST, as we have our weekly Lunch and Learn. The June 5th guest speaker is Stephen Bushe who will be joining us from Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.

The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, is the southernmost island country in the Caribbean. It is situated 130 kilometres (81 miles) south of Grenada and 11 kilometres (6.8 miles) off the coast of northeastern Venezuela.

Stephen is a Ships Pilot, he brings the ships into the ports around Trinidad, he has been been piloting for 20 years now. A ship pilot is a sailor who maneuvers ships through dangerous or congested waters, such as harbors or river mouths. They are navigational experts possessing knowledge of the particular waterway such as its depth, currents, and hazards.

The maximum length in our ports 295m and he has an unlimited tonnage license. The type of cargo: Commercial including Passenger, General Cargo,  Bulkers, Tankers etc.

In addition, Stephen races J24, and has sailed Hobie 16's in Trinidad.

See you Friday on ZOOM!

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