Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2018, starts on Boxing Day. The 628 nautical mile course starts in Sydney Harbour, Australia. The fleet sails out into the Tasman Sea, down the south-east coast of mainland Australia, across Bass Strait (which divides the mainland from the island State of Tasmania), then down the east coast of Tasmania.  At Tasman Island the fleet turns right into Storm Bay for the final sail up the Derwent River to the historic port city of Hobart.

Oregon Offshore International Yacht Race Next edition is May 2019.

Swiftsure International Yacht race, next edition is May 2019. Starts in Victoria, B.C.

Van Isle 360 International Yacht Race, a biennial, 580 nautical mile point-to-point race circumnavigating Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. June 2019.

Rolex Fastnet Race; next race will be in 2019.

Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. The 12th edition of the race will run in 2019-2020. It is a 40,000 nautical mile race around the world on a 70-foot ocean racing yacht, open to any participant over 18 with a good level of fitness and spare cash.

Victoria to Maui International Yacht Race. Held every two years, the next edition starts June 2020.

Singlehanded TransPac  The Single-handed TransPacific Yacht Race takes place biennially from San Francisco Bay, California to Hanalei Bay, Kauai, Hawaii – a distance of 2,120 nautical miles. Solo. The next race is in June 2020.

Transatlantic Event 2020 – OSTAR & TWOSTAR. The next editions of the Original Singlehanded Transatlantic Race (OSTAR) and the Twohanded Transatlantic Race (TwoSTAR) will be in 2020.

Vendée Globe  Single-handed round the world yacht race. Boats sail non-stop, without assistance past the three capes. Solo. 26,000 miles. The 2016-2017 edition started November 6th 2016, and completed March 11th 2017 when Sébastien Destremau (TechnoFirst–faceOcean) crossed the Vendée Globe finish line off Les Sables d’Olonne in eighteenth place. The next edition will begin in 2020.

America’s Cup  The 36th America’s Cup will feature fully foiling monohull racing yachts. Possible race date in 2021.

Volvo Ocean Race  (formerly called the Whitbread Round the World Race). Dongfeng Race Team won the 2017-2018 edition, which began October 14th, 2017 and ended June 30, 2018. The race stopped in Alicante, Lisbon, Cape Town, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Auckland, Itajaí, Newport, Cardiff and Gothenburg before the grand finale in The Hague. Visit the Volvo Ocean Race YouTube channel here.

Barcelona World Race, a double-handed round the world regatta starts and ends in Barcelona, Spain. The race will have a mandatory stopover in Sydney, Australia. The next edition of the race was supposed to start from Barcelona on January 12th, 2019. However in March organizers announced that the race had been suspended due to political instability in Catalonia, Spain.


Boat Building

Guillemot Kayaks – Kayak Plans, Kits, Instructions
Dudley Dix Yacht Design Blog – Yacht Design News


Other Links

Canadian Coast Guard  Information on the CCG and boating in Canada.
Canadian Power & Sail Squadrons  Safe Boating, Maritime Radio, Piloting courses and more.
Canadian Yachting Association  National governing body for the sport of sailing.
Alberta Sailing Association  Provincial member of the CYA.
BC Sailing Association  Provincial member of the CYA.
Environment Canada  Weather forecasts, Marine forecasts, Sea Ice information, etc.
Canadian Hydrographic Service  Official Marine Navigation Charts and Nautical Publications.