Albacore Sailing Info Night @ MEC Toronto – Wednesday, April 19th!

Considering learning to sail? Make this the season!

The Canadian Albacore Association’s member clubs offer introductory and intermediate courses in and around Toronto.

Join us at MEC Toronto, King Street West, anytime between 5:30-8:00 for a drop-in session to meet sailing club reps. Learn more about the sport and how you can join a local sailing club today!

Just a few of the benefits…

  • Sail all summer long!
  • Learn the sailing skills that can take you anywhere in the world!
  • Join active waterfront social communities!
  • Learn to race, and jump into one of the most welcoming, fun, competitive fleets in Canada!
  • See the city from a different vantage! Lake Ontario is a playground for everyone!

Toronto’s Albacore sailing clubs, located minutes from downtown, offer affordable membership and provide shared access to cooperatively owned sailboats!

Add to that a thriving social scene, plus amazing recreational racing on Toronto’s harbour, and this will be a season to remember!

For information and links to Albacore sailing clubs across Canada, visit

CAA presents an Introductory Course on Weather for Sailors

Have you ever wondered what happened to the polar vortex? A one season wonder? Come find out how and why weather happens and how to use the weather to your advantage in a race or for planning a safe outing on the water.

Join us for guest speaker Ron Bianchi, a professional meteorologist and sailor who is always preoccupied with the next wind shift. He aims to educate and entertain with a wealth of weather facts, trivia and predictions.

The CAA is presenting this 2 evening seminar on weather for sailors at the National Yacht Club, April 5-6, 2017.

Topics will include how wind is created and how gradients shape the strength and direction, lake breezes, cloud interpretation and predicting changes in wind direction.

DATE: Wednesday/Thursday April 5 – 6, 2017

TIME: 6:30pm– 9:30pm

(Register by April 1st. Seating will be limited to 30.)

South Chartroom
National Yacht Club
1 Stadium Road Toronto, ON M5V 3H4
(Buzz the intercom from the gate and the attendant will let you in.)

HOST: Canadian Albacore Association
CONTACT PERSON: Frank Loritz (

Make sense of the hieroglyphic charts used by meteorologists and navigators:

Weather GIFs





2017 Pre-Season Update!

Hello Albacore Sailors!

March is upon us and naturally sailors begin to dream anxiously of docks in the water, squeezing into wetsuits, and maybe perfectly timing the start line for that first race of the season 🙂

The CAA is busily getting ready for 2017 and we can’t wait…


First off, membership launches this Friday, March 10! Don’t wait. Renew your membership at early bird rates ($60 through May).

Renew by logging in at and visit your account page. New members, visit and join the ranks!

And don’t forget! Once you’ve got your membership settled, also be sure to register for any race series you intend to sail (FNRs – $15, Harbour Master Summer – $15, Fall Series – $5). Find ’em all here.

Weather for Sailors Course!

Next up, Frank Loritz ( has lined up an early season weather course, April 6th and 7th at National Yacht Club, Toronto! Meteorologist Ron Bianchi will help us tune our forecasting skills and pick up tricks of the trade bound to give an edge on the race course. You won’t want to miss it! All the details here. (Sign-up form coming soon.)

CAA Albacore Day!

Mark your calendar for CAA day, May 13th, at the Outer Harbour, Toronto.

We’re organizing a great day with racing clinics, fibre glassing, boat weighing and sail measurement, and much more. Stay tuned for details to come!


Racing is so key to the Albacore community! If you haven’t gotten in on the action yet, make this the year! It’s an amazingly welcoming sport, and there’s no better way to up your sailing game. After racing, nothing beats a beverage with new and old friends at “results” as we celebrate personal bests and congratulate our champs!

For those planning their racing season, the schedule should be up in the coming days, but a few key event dates for your awareness:

  • Ontario Championships – June 10-11, Royal Canadian Yacht Club, Toronto
  • International Championships – August 5-11, Weymouth and Portland, United Kingdom
  • Canadian Championships – September 22-24, Kingston Yacht Club, Kingston

Club Life!

Our community clubs are also ramping up for their own membership drives. Know someone keen to learn sailing this year? Encourage them to join up early and make the most of the whole season!

Shackles & Cringles

Shackles & Cringles Magazine is coming at you!

In 2017 we’re mixing up the format a little to release the great Shackles content you love more often! Every few weeks you can find amazing new articles written by our very own sailors online at at

And you can help us promote Albacore sailing by sharing Shackles & Cringles stories and issues in your club newsletters and Facebook groups. There are a lot of new sailors joining our ranks each year, and Shackles is one of the best ways to show the community spirit!

When did you realize you’re an Albacore-Lifer?

Last year we spread the Albacore-love with our Raw Fish video series. This year let’s get even more people involved sharing our community stories! We want it all: the events, the characters, the laughs, and as much sailing as you can fit on the Youtube!

A special idea for 2017…. We want to hear how came to realize you’re an “Albacore-Lifer!” What was that moment when you knew the Albacore community was in your blood? If someone put the question to you, how would you answer?

Put it on film, shoot an email to (aka Graham P), and we’ll get it on the Youtube channel ASAP!

Spread the love sailors. We’re about to make 2017 the best Albacore year yet! The community is you!

Graham P
2nd Vice Commodore – Promotions

Shackles & Cringles 2016 Fall Issue – Out Now!

Hot off the presses, Shackles & Cringles 2016 is out now!

sc2016-03-coverVisit for stories and tips from some of the community’s best sailors!

In this issue:

Shi(f)ts Happen by Liana Giovando
The Importance of Tactics by Paul Clifford
Sunday Sinners by Michael Tersigni
Albacore Share at Nepean by Dominic Goodwill
3 Boats at the Mark by Andrew Alberti
and more!

2017 Rondar/Ovington Albacore Order!

Interested in the purchase of a new Rondar/Ovington Albacore sailboat?

George Carter is presently organizing a group purchase targeting delivery in early 2017. Cost estimate is approximately $17450 CAN (includes import duty and GST).

For US customers, the boat price ex duty will be around $12,000 USD likely shipped to Boston or Hampton.

Prices exclude sails, dolly, cover.

If interested, please contact George ( for additional information.

Get the Latest Shackles & Cringles – Out Now!

sc2016-2-coverTannis Baker, editor of Shackles & Cringles, has just released the latest edition of the CAA’s own magazine!

In this issue:

  • The Quest for a New Builder, on the hunt for an Albacore manufacturer and potential design modifications, by George Carter.
  • Breaking Through to Success, by Robbin Coeddy.
  • Mast and Boom Manufacturing, by Barney Harris.
  • Joining the Albacore Family, by Jamie Stanley.
  • Race Management 101, by Steve Goode.
  • Ontario Championship recap from winning helm Darren Monster.
  • plus info on RAW FISH and RaceQS, and more!

Get it now, and catch up on previous issues, at

Sailing Albacores in Manitoba! Raw Fish Spirit!

Hey friends!

A couple weeks ago I got an email from Tom Saunders of Manitoba who’d caught wind of the Raw Fish project.

Tom sails an Albacore on West Hawk Lake, an impact crater lake, and as luck has it he has been filming the occasional video when the winds warrant. He was kind enough to point me to a few films from some awesome hairy rides he’s captured in the last few seasons.

He tells us of the West Hawk Lake sailing scene…

We sail on West Hawk Lake MB, a meteorite crater that is perfect for sailing (round, no islands, no rocks) and in August, the SW winds blow all the way from Montana.

West Hawk Lake has had Albacores on it since the early 60s when locals brought over Ferris Marine kits from England (my dad owned 1228).

During the 70s, a company that made septic tanks decided if you cut them in half they kinda looked like Albacores and so Western Sailcraft was born and made boats.  They were hugely popular and hugely horrid and mostly bought for cottage use.

There are about five of these still on the lake, most sit under people’s decks.  The Flying Pig is an OY boat that we bought as military surplus for $900.  Came with brand new sails.

He even has some archival footage from sailing Albacores on West Hawk Lake in the ’70s.

He’s filmed some really great stuff, and we’re looking forward to seeing more from Tom, Derek, and the Stealth Pig this season! Check more of his videos below…

Keep an eye on the Raw Fish channel for more 2016 Albacore community sailing to come!