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By Adrian Murphy Wednesday 14 May 2014 Updated: 14/05 18:31

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Wind Song takes overall title

Malcolm McCutcheon

Nelson Star

This past weekend at the Hall Street wharf the Kootenay Lake Sailing Association hosted their first event of the 2014 season — the Nelson Cup Regatta.

The two-day race, which fell over the Mother’s Day weekend, saw a great turnout from sailors from all around the West Kootenay with a total of 16 boats and almost 80 sailors entered into the event.

“It was probably the best turnout we have ever had for this Regatta which is the biggest of the year,” said race captain Jim Reaburn.

After two full days of racing, the overall winner was Richard Deane of Rossland, captain of Wind Song, who captured the first cup of the season.

“He’s a consistent winner up at Gray Creek, but this was the first time he had been in the Nelson Cup Regatta and won the event,” said Reaburn.

Although rain on Saturday morning threatened to keep spirits low, by the time the third fleet started their first race the wind was gusting and the rain had stopped.

“The conditions were all over the map. We had super strong gusts that came barreling down out of the Ymir Valley. Sailing on the Nelson shore is really tricky because of the prevailing wind. It was exciting, everything from no wind to lots of wind,” said Hal Rezansoff, skipper of the Mallard.

The first day of the regatta concluded in thrilling fashion when Fast Forward, skippered by John Martin, had a man overboard.

For Martin’s efforts getting his crew back into the boat, they were given a couple of floaties as a consolation prize.

“He did a very marvelous job if getting them back into the boat very quickly,” commented Reaburn.

The regatta’s second day proved to be excellent for all of the boats.

“On Sunday it was forecasted to be extremely light winds. They were out of the north and just perfect for racing. They really exceeded everyone’s expectations. It was a stellar weekend,” said Jay Blackmore, crew member on Achates.

For the Kootenay Lake Sailing Association, which is made up of 75 members and about 30 boats, the season’s first regatta was a big success.

“It was a very successful event. It probably had the highest number of calibre sailors we have had in years,” said Reaburn.

“We are developing quite a good sailing corps in Nelson; there are a couple of very high end sailors in town here and they kind of just come out of the woodwork. It is developing very nicely.”

The regatta was divided into three fleets based on each boat’s handicap and speed. The first was made up of the fastest boats, the second fleet the next fastest, and the third comprised the slowest boats.

The fleet A winner was Reaburn, skipper of Orbit, the winner of Fleet B was Martin Le Marquand in Midnight Rambler, and the winner of fleet C and the overall winner with the most first place finishes of the weekend was Richard Deane and his crew sailing in Wind Song.

The next event for the Kootenay Lake Sailing Association will be the Father’s Day Regatta at Kokanee Park on June 14 and 15, followed by the Gray Creek Regatta which is the second biggest of the season.

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Early signups for The Boat Village top 1000

HOBE SOUND, Fla. –  The Boat Village, the marine industry’s leading online service coordination and boat management tool, is now more than 1,000 boaters strong—even before its official launch to boat owners in Southeast Florida, New England and other parts of the country.

The Boat Village offers a free online community where owners can coordinate service online with technicians; search for information, share tips and tricks; and find service recommendations from manufacturers or just about anyone in the industry. Boaters can also use The Boat Village Premium Service, an online service coordination and boat management tool that allows them to receive maintenance reminders, schedule service, access operating tips and store records right from their pocket.

“These early adopters are people who really understand that technology can improve our time on the water,” said Kevin Hutchinson, founder and CEO of My-Villages, which created The Boat Village. “Modern boats are complicated and simplifying boat ownership is important.”

Creating a profile on The Boat Village is available free of charge, and provides access to nearly 30,000 pieces of advice including manufacturer maintenance recommendations, documentation, operating videos and dozens of communities where owners can communicate about the type of boat they own, a piece of equipment or just similar interests.

Major marine businesses like The Hinckley Co., Regal, Ferretti Group, Galati Yacht Sales, Bradford Marine, Westerbeke, MTU and MarineMax Vacations all utilize The Boat Village or offer it to their customers.

The Boat Village Premium Service is the perfect compliment. It keeps an inventory of the boat owner’s onboard equipment, personalized with digital manuals and a custom maintenance plan based on recommendations from manufacturers and their personal service technicians. Owners receive electronic reminders when equipment needs service and can send electronic service requests directly to their technicians—including the use of photos and video. The result is stronger two-way communication between owners and professionals—all in the same application.

Transactions are preserved electronically and the boat’s service history, usage trends, trip logs and other useful information are readily available from any smartphone, tablet or computer. When it comes time to trade up, these digital records can increase a boat’s value.

The Boat Village has recently launched campaigns to sign up boaters and marine businesses nationwide, and regional collaboratives beginning in Southeast Florida, where companies like Whiticar, MPI, Bradford Marine and Galati Yacht Sales and others are already onboard.

“Industries like banking, retail and healthcare have all embraced technology to transact business with customers online,” Hutchinson said. “Why should boating be any different? That’s exactly what The Boat Village does, and it is great to see such growth so early in The Boat Village’s life. We just launched the public beta a little over 6 months ago.”

To learn more about The Boat Village and The Boat Village Premium and Professional Service, visit

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