Ashbridges sailor to skipper a Clipper

Hikers in Wales saw a rare sight last month – sailors. Twelve sailors were recently chosen to skipper the dozen ocean yachts that will race this year’s Clipper Round the World. Starting in August, the 10-month, 40,000 nautical mile race is the longest of its kind. One of the skippers is Diane Reid, 42, who […]

Police Beat

Police have arrested a Neil McNeil High School staff member on sexual exploitation charges, and believe there may be more victims. The accused worked at the East End boys-only Catholic school as an educational assistant. Police from 41 Division allege he lured and sexually exploited a student on numerous occasions. On Friday, March 13, Patrick […]

ABYC hosts LYRA regatta

Watch the waters off Ashbridges Bay this weekend and you might see World Cup and Olympic-level boats under sail. For the fourth time since 1987, the Ashbridges Bay Yacht Club is hosting the LYRA regatta – a 130 year-old contest that brings sailors from across Lake Ontario, the St. Lawrence River, and the east end […]

Disaster doesn’t sink sailor’s spirit

“Shipwrecked on the Canary Islands” is a memorable, if not so merry way to sign a Christmas card. Beach sailor Diane Reid came awfully close to doing it. Reid is now home safe after a broken part on her mast forced her to quit the Mini Transat – a solo race from France to Guadeloupe […]

ABYC sailor takes on 3,700 nautical mile challenge

Sailor Diane Reid is racing across the Atlantic solo, and in a boat you can fit in your living room. Just 6.5 metres long, but almost half as wide, Reid’s ‘Mini’ series sailboat is small but sturdy – a good thing as she races her first Mini Transat, which this year means sailing non-stop from […]

Young sailor wraps up golden season

Katherine McEwen topped off a stellar sailing season with a gold medal at the Canada Summer Games. McEwen, a Grade 12 student at Malvern Collegiate, sails out of Ashbridges Bay Yacht Club with partner Linor Berezin, a first-year student at Queen’s University. They’ve been partners for about four years now, though that’s “not long compared […]

Launch day a true community effort

On launch day at the Ashbridges Bay Yacht Club, club member Graeme Jannaway was lining up to grab a rope and help pull a yacht weighing thousands of pounds across a pair of greased wood planks. “This is the way the ancient Egyptians used to do it,” he said cheerfully. “Except we’re not slaves, and […]

ABYC hosts Ontario Summer Games sailing

During three perfect summer days, about 35 boats and 50 sailors raced for gold, silver and bronze at Ashbridge’s Bay Yacht Club in the Ontario Summer Games, held August 17-19 .  The sailors, in the 13-17 year old age group, qualified for the Games through a series of events across the province, with the final […]