ABYC Suits Up

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January 13, 2018 posted by Diane

January 13, 2018

Ashbridge’s Bay Yacht Club was in fine form Thursday night, learning how to inflate,repack and use all of the fancy things inside their inflatable lifejackets.  Part of my traveling road show promoting education and safety with the Offshore Personal Survival Course.  Up next Toronto International Boat Show.  There are various show times throughout the week both at the boathouse and on the stage.  Bring your lifejacket and see you there!


Exxpedition Britain Circumnavigation 2017

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July 22, 2017 posted by Diane

July 22, 2017

Sea DragonExxpedition Round Britain is an all women mission to circumnavigate Great Britain, sampling the waters for plastics and toxins as we go. We have crew from all over the world and our mission starts on August 7, 2017. Follow our adventures here as I Skipper the boat on a one month adventure starting and finishing in Plymouth England.


Flares and Fire Fighting Training!

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December 20, 2016 posted by Diane

December 20, 2016



Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn how to fire flares, service your lifejacket, cut away your rig, put out fires and much more.  You don’t need to go offshore to benefit from this course…….  Click on the poster to learn more and register.


RORC Transatlantic Complete!

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December 18, 2016 posted by Diane

December 18, 2016

What an amazing trip!  Squalls, drifters, dolphins and NO TRADE WINDS!  What an adventure we had.  It was a great adventure and our crew learned tons along the way.  Thanks RORC for all the excitement.  Click here to read more.

To join us on our next adventure click here to learn more.


RORC Transatlantic

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November 25, 2016 posted by Diane

November 25, 2016

We’re off tomorrow on the RORC Transatlantic! Racing from the Canary Islands to Grenada. Follow us on Challenger with the tracker and see you on the other side! Woohoo!!! Adventure begins 🙂



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November 2, 2016 posted by Diane

November 2, 2016

Follow us on Challenger as we follow the Vendee Globe solo racers as far as the Canary Islands. Then follow us on Challenger in the RORC Transatlantic race!


See The Vendee Globe

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October 30, 2016 posted by Diane

Oct 30, 2016

I’m off to France with Spartan Ocean Racing for the start of the Vendee Globe Nov 6, 2016.  Then we follow the racers into the Canary Islands.  Where else could you get that kind of spectator boat for the worlds toughest solo ocean race?

vendee-globe       vendee-globe-header

After that it’s the RORC Transatlantic across the Atlantic Ocean into Grenada.  I’m soooo excited!  You can come too.  We just had a group of 6 cancel which is very unfortunate for us, but in an effort to make it a great event, Spartan has cut the price in half for any last minute bookings!  Click here to learn more and give them a call or email to get the really important details.  It’s going to be fun!!!! Don’t miss out!!!!


Exxpedition Water Sampling

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August 20, 2016 posted by Diane


August 20, 2016

Exxpedition Great Lakes

Largest simultaneous water sampling ever happened today throughout the entire great lakes and I had the privilege of skippering the lead boat on Lake Ontario!.  Check out what we found…..

plastics trawl

We trawled around Toronto Island and through the inner harbour with this behind us!

plastics tuning

The trawl had to be dragged from 2-3 knots and needed tweaking all along the way.  Not a difficult job…just a hands on job.

plastics bio stuff

Here are the things you would like to find.  Lady bugs, larvae and other little critters.


Here are the things you don’t want to find.  Plastic pieces.  These are good sized ones.  Next the water samples go off to the lab for analysis and we will find out how many micro pieces that are smaller than they eye, but tasty food bits clogging up our ecosystem!


Sea Survival In Ontario

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March 5, 2016 posted by Diane

Welcome to a new day in staying safe at sea.  Sail Canada has raised the bar by becoming part of the internationally accredited World Sailing Sea Survival program.  This is the ticket you need not only to stay safe if you are cruising or racing, but it’s the ticket you need to be able to do many races around the world.  If you ever need to get into a liferaft, put out a fire or save send off a flare to save your life, you will be better educated for it by taking the World Sailing Sea Survival.  Check out some pictures of the new Canadian Instructors!

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Sea Survival

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February 29, 2016 posted by Diane

Speaking of Sea Survival….. Out on the west coast I’m becoming a World Sailing Sea Survival Instructor. Soon you will be able to further your education at National One Design Sailing Academy to get your Sea Survival certification. Learn how and WHEN to get into a liferaft, everything your mother didn’t teach you about flares and how to safeguard yourself from dangers of the unknown. Today’s lesson…flares and rig cutting

Flares hacksaw