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A bit like meditating, focusing, renewing...

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Johann Tanzer: January 3, 1927 - October 23, 2016
The work of Johann Tanzer was significant. Like many, his products played a role in how I have spent a significant part of my life. My first keelboat, a Tanzer 22 was, and is, the most popular racer/cruiser in the Montreal area. There are more Tanzer sailbo...

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Blowing big time today
As is often the case, the wind forecasts are way out of whack today. The snip above is from Windguru, but others are the same. I measured the wind from the shore at Beaconsfield Yacht Club at around 10:30 a.m. The lulls were in the high teens to mid-twentie...

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Last evening race of the Good Neighbour Series
This great photo was taken by David Speak after the race finished. We have done our last evening race on Ambitious for 2016. It was a good one. We were first of the Shark pack to finish, less than a foot ahead of Jin Frati's Shark team. John Linton's Tanzer...

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The Ishkoodah is a big race again
51 boats registered for the Ishkoodah race! That is a huge turnout, and a huge variety of boats from dinghies to beautiful cruisers, and the ubiquitous Sharks and Tanzers. There is something of a pageantry to see so many of the sailing community come out on...

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The best single-handed racing dinghy class.

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Laser Masters hold their 2016 Canadian Championship at BYC.
Lisa Pelling on Sunday. Great photos, as always from Luka available at  here . 39 Laser sailors competed in the 2016 Canadian Laser Masters Championship at Beaconsfield Yacht Club for the past three days. Andy Roy dropped Race #1 (dropped) when over early a...

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The general public knows almost nothing of what the real political issues are. It's depressing. Underneath his "sunny ways" this prime minister has been pushing a power grab in the House of Commons that would squelch the opposition's ability to debate legislation, and neuter their ability to counter the government's actions on the floor, and has attacked opposition democratic rights in a way that even his much-hated predecessor, Steven Harper would not dare. Trudeau continues to be fawned over by the public so much that they create excuses to avoid recognizing that this teflon man has an explosive temper, although well hidden. If Steven Harper had done anything remotely like the power grab of Trudeau, and the physical expression of anger of against his opponents, the country would be in an uproar.

The public responds to image and timing. It takes a long time to break down when it has been manipulated well. The Liberal party are indeed masters at it, and the public gullible followers.
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