This is the lighthearted story of buying a foreign boat, legal and practical logistics, crewing, planning and the actual sail bringing her to Toronto. We’ll explore what it takes to make it all happen including registration, insurance, sailing, trucking, costs, lessons learned, what worked and what didn’t. Questions for potential crew. Follow the misadventures that began in Turkey and visits the beautiful Mediterranean destinations of Greece, Sicily, Sardinia, Barcelona, Balearic Islands and Gibraltar. Then on to the Canary Islands and crossing the Atlantic. We’ll touch on cruising the Caribbean and competing in the Heineken Regatta before sailing on to the scenic BVI, Dominican Republic, Turks and Caicos, through stunning out islands of the Bahamas to Nassau and finally on to Florida and trucking up to Toronto.
His first boat was a Catalina 27 in Ottawa in the 1980s. Successive boats included a Beneteau 411 kept in the Caribbean for a number of years enjoying the trade winds, warm waters and sunshine. Having the racing bug and crewing on local boats, Michael finally stepped up to the plate and purchased a Beneteau First 40 which is currently being upgraded adding a bowsprit and new set of sails including main, jib, asymmetric and code 0. This past year’s racing included a 2 nd place finish for the LOSHR 100 Mile and a 1 st place finish for the EYC Double Handed. Another fun event was making the St Martin Heineken Regatta podium which he and crew will again challenge in 2017.