Oct 06 | Clear sailing on the Mactaquac headpond

Mactaquac, New Brunswick is home to a hydro-electric dam that powers about a fifth of the province, and at the same time creates a vast reservoir where water-sports enthusiasts can practise their chosen pastime.

Sailing is more than just a pastime, though, for the members of the Mactaquac Sailing Association (MSA), who dock their boats in the Walanaik Cove Marina in York Centennial Park and who organize weekly and monthly races. The small but devoted group has existed since the ‘70s; back then their boats were mainly daysailers, but over the years their vessels have gotten bigger as more sailors have been drawn to the sport. Now the marina is mostly populated by Tanzer 22s and 26s.

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