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Top 10 Yachts to Visit Halifax

10 – 8. borrrrrriiiiinnnnng

Days Like this is White, and the epitome of Bland Luxury.

Destination Fox Harb’r was owned by Tim horton’s co founder Ron Joyce.

Dardanella has the lines of a trawler, and a crows nest, and isnt all white. A worthy Yacht for the #8 position.

7. Amazon

Amazon is a 102-foot (31 m) long screw schooner ex-steam yacht built in 1885 at the private Arrow Yard of Tankerville Chamberlayne in Southampton

6. Amer Sport 1/Spirit of Adventure/Esprit de Corps IV VOR60
Derek Hadfield’s yacht, the boat ran the Volvo Ocean race as AMER Sport 1, becoming Spirit of Adventure under Hadfiled’s ownership. She now sails as Esprit de Corps IV out of Quebec

5. Bread

Bread is reportedly owned by a Toronto bakery millionaire. Its facing a bit of an identity crisis with a sailing hull, and steamboat upper decks.

4. Khalilah

Khalilah was built by Palmer Johnson Yachts, and stopped into Halifax on her delivery trip to Florida. she reportedly belongs to a Russian millionaire

3. Hugo Boss IMOCA 60
Alex Thomsons’ IMOCA 60  stopped at the RNSYS at the start of a Eastcoast and great lakes trip.

2. Pangea

Pangea (first visit)  is owned by Explorer Mike Horne, and has been to Halifax twice.

1. Kamaxitha

Kamaxitha is a gorgeous sailing yacht – large and proper

 

Kamaxitha at Purdy’s Wharf

Lots of yachts put into Halifax over the summer. very few are special enough to warrant posting about. the 180.45ft custom Sail yacht ‘Kamaxitha’ is one worth mentioning. She was built by Royal Huisman in Netherlands, and was delivered to her owner in 2012.

The Cayman Island Flagged Kamaxitha offers accommodation for up to 8 guests in 4 staterooms 1 owner cabin, 1 double cabin, 2 twin cabins and 1 pullman bed. She arrived yesterday from Palm Beach.

Boat International Has a piece on her, including interior photos.

Other yachts that have visited Halifax, and warrant a mention Include Pangea – owned by explorer Mike Horne (2nd Visit), Khalilah on her delivery trip purported to be destined for a Russian millionaire,  Bread – Owned by a Ontario Baker, and  Amazon (See #10)

More Photos of kamaxitha below.

 

 

 

 

ROUTE Halifax Saint-Pierre race this week.

2014 Race Start

The Halifax Waterfront will host the ROUTE Halifax Saint-Pierre race, a prestigious international 350-mile Ocean Race running from Halifax, NS, Canada to Saint-Pierre et Miquelon, France.The Race happens Bi-annually, in the off year for the Marblehead to Halifax Race. This year the race departs at Noon on June 26. Boats will be along the waterfront beginning today.

In the past, the Race has begun off the RNSYS in the Northwest Arm.

This years race will include a group of 25 international sailboats and their 200-person crew.  The boats are coming to Halifax from both sides of the Atlantic, including 14 Canadian boats (7 NS, 1 NB, 2 NFLD, 4QC), 4 French boats (3 Saint-Pierre et Miquelon, 1 France Mainland), 2 English boats and 5 American boats. The boats will be moored between Bishop’s Landing to the Summit Seawall (just north of the Stubborn Goat Beer Garden).

Details about the vessels can be found at https://www.routespm.com/en/route-halifax-saint-pierre/2018-entries/

Also in attendance will be the French Marine National ship Fulmar, which patrols the water of Saint-Pierre et Miquelon, and put into Halifax today.

 

As part of the event, there will be two evenings of free, live, all ages, French music (June 23 and 24 from 5:30pm to 10:30pm), taking place at Foundation Place, 1549 Lower Water Street. (next to Waterfront Warehouse) Acts Performing will be:

Blague et Halewww.blagueethale.com
Hailing from Saint-Pierre et Miquelon, Blague et Hale (French saying meaning “Talk but work”) have been performing their original upbeat pop and rock songs along with French and English covers for the past decade. They have performed throughout Saint-Pierre et Miquelon, Newfoundland, and as far as Paris.
Chanson d’Occasionwww.facebook.com/chanson.doccasion/
Chanson d’Occasion is a familiar name to many who live in France. These three musicians cover French hits from the past while bringing them to new life with a gipsy/swing twist. Let Chanson d’Occasion’s show take you back to the 80s with its signature blend of flashy colours, vintage video game vibes that blend the kitsch with the classy.
Known for her powerful voice and captivating stage presence, Izabelle’s career took off in 2012 when she was noticed by star music producer Henry Hirsch (Madonna, Michael Jackson, Pink). Since then, she has been a regular name on the iTunes’ Top 10 list and has had the opportunity to perform alongside stars such as Serena Ryder, Deadmau5, and Randy Bachman. Izabelle in concert is not a performance to be missed.

Tall ships this weekend

The Portuguese navy sail training vessel NRP Sagres is Due to arrive in Halifax on Sunday at 10am. Many of her siblings and step-sibblings have stopped in Halifax in the past number of years.

NRP Sagres will be open to the public, June 18th from 10am to noon; tomorrow, June 19 from 10am to noon, 2pm to 7pm and 8pm to 11pm.

The Bluenose also arrived in Halifax today, and will be offering sailings until the 20th.

If you would like to avoid sounding like a landlubber – Brush up on your types of sailing Vessels.

Alex Thomson and Hugo Boss IMOCA 60 at RNSYS

Alex Thomson and his Hugo Boss Imoca 60 racing yacht arrived at the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron last night. built to compete in Distance off shore races – Thomson last ran the 2016 Vendee Globe. The yacht is built for single handed operation.

The Yacht will be making stops in Canada and America in June & July this year. The dates and stops are as follows: Montreal – 2nd – 4th June Toronto – 11th – 15th June Boston 1st – 3rd July New York – 10th – 15th July

 

Thompson is probably best known outside sailing circles for his Hugo Boss Promotional work Which featured climbing the mast while the boat was heeled, Standing on the Keel, And wakeboarding behind the boat.

Shipspotting 101: Sailing vessels

Cat Boat

catboats are simple, and feature only a main sail. the Opti or the Laser are common Examples. Not restricted to small dingys, the  Hinterhoeller built Nonsuch is a cat rigged keel boat that was built in lengths of 22-40 feet.

 

Sloop

sloops feature 2 sails – a Main sail behind the mast, and a Jib forward. a Jib will not extend rearward beyond the mast, however a Genoa will. Genoa’s are also known as an overlapping jib, and can be seen on the examples above. this is also a Simple fore and aft rig (with a sail infront, and behind the mast) which will be repeated on larger vessels.

Yawl / Ketch

Dorothea is a ketch. Both vessels add a second “Mizzen” mast behind the main sail, the difference in name comes from whether that mast is located Fore or Aft of the Rudder post. In Dorothea’s case, the rudder is on the Transom, So its a Ketch. The Mizzen mast on a Yawl is typically much smaller then the main, and as far to the rear as possible.

a famous yawl was Joshua Slocum’s vessel Spray

Schooner

Schooners are a complicated sail plan, because there can be so much variation. Bluenose is an example of a Gaff rigged schooner. A schooner is a ship rigged the main sail (largest) on the main mast, and a foresail on the foremast. The Gaff rig refers to the the spar member at the top of the sail, which allows for more sail area as the sail doesn’t need to be triangularly shaped to come to a point at the mast.

3 masted schooners are also common, and simply add an additional sails. (the largest schooner featured 7 masts) topsail schooners feature additional top sails on the masts, as seen on the Pride of Baltimore II.

Finally a Bermuda rig schooner features triangular sails off the fore and main masts, as you would see in a sloop. – Not surprisingly, the Bermuda rig is found on the 3 masted schooner Spirit of Bermuda. This Ship also Shows the relative hights of the Masts – the Main Mast (the center mast, carrying the largest sail) is Tallest, the foremast is next, and the mizzen is shortest. The Spirit of Bermuda’s masts are also Raked – or angled rearward. this was done to improve performance of the ship.

Brigantine

A brigantine is like a schooner, however it features a Gaff rigged main sail on the main mast, and is Square rigged on the foremast. While many historical examples exist, the only current examples I know both belong to Bytown Brigantine, The Black Jack, and Fair Jeanne (pictured)

Brig

A brig features 2 square rigged masts. the Main Mast features a Small Gaff rigged sail as well to improve maneuverability. the US Brig Niagara is a replica of Oliver Hazard Perry’s relief flagship on the great lakes durign the war of 1812.

Barquentine

A Barquentine is a vessel with 3 or more masts – the foremast being Square rigged and the others being gaff rigged. Peacemaker (above) is an example.

Barque

A barque is a vessel with 3 or more masts, the foremast and main mast being square rigged, and the Mizzen mast gaff riged. The Picton Castle is a good example of a barque.

Full Rigged Ship

A full rigged ship features 3 or more masts, all square rigged. The Italian Navy vessel Amerigo Vespucci is a full rigged ship, though I don’t have a photo of her with her sails up.

 

Finally, In Summary:

https://youtu.be/YHNLQJ4gaVs

Parade of Sail Photos

As Promised, Photos from yesterdays Parade of Sail are now posted. you can find the Flickr Gallery at https://flic.kr/s/aHsm5AySPG Or by clicking the image below

A selection of Photos are available to purchase in printed book form via http://www.blurb.ca/b/8083333-tall-ships-2017

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