The Toronto Boat Show in January, brought a welcome taste of summer to a dismal Ontario January. Eager sailors, with hopes of buying a new boat or broadening their sailing horizons convened in the Speakers’ Rooms, living the boating experiences through the stories, warnings and lessons delivered by those who have been where they want to go. They also walk through the aisles of sail and power boats, gidgets, gadgets and accessories. These boating enthusiasts reflect on how the newer products would satisfy their needs and simplify and improve their boating experiences in the coming months. Ahh Summer is just around the corner, bringing with it a pleasurable yet somewhat short sailing season in Ontario.
A short planeride away, in Vancouver, British Columbia, the weather is milder. There, the Boat Show is divided between two venues. False Creek, which runs through the trendy and artsy Granville Island displays the newest boats in water! A hardy few boat show attendees, shake off their wet umbrellas and galoshes to board the newest production line sail and power boats. A water taxi ride away delivers them to the Booths and Seminar Rooms at BC Place. After visiting the booths and boutiques, attendees grab a bite at the food core, just in time to enter their selected Seminar Room. For one hour, BC boating enthusiasts enjoy the same pleasures as their Ontario counterparts.
Ontarians must wait another 4 months to launch their boats. Vancouverites are on the water now! The recent balmy 12 degree days find marinas dotted with people pulling buggies piled with everything from cushion to cowel vents, diesel tanks to propane tanks and chart plotters to soft wood stoppers. The sailing season has begun here!