Looking Back: Helly Hansen Marine Stripes Sailing Trip

Helly Hansen hosted five media in Kingston, Ontario mid-August for an action-packed water adventure. It started with a 20-hr overnight sail from Toronto to Kingston on the O Canada, an open 60 class racing yacht, complete with clear skies, no moon and a meteor shower that we ordered up for everyone. From watching the sunrise over Lake Ontario to eating authentic freeze-dried food cooked up by the amazing crew, the experience was definitely one we’ll never forget.

Upon arrival in Kingston, the remaining days consisted of touring nearby Prince Edward County where we tasted local beer and cider, but unfortunately missed out on wine tasting at the vineyards due to the infamous dinner cruise we boarded that night; ambitiously kayaked the St. Lawrence River connecting the Kingston Mills and downtown Kingston, which we were told would take 1 – 1.5 hours but ended up being more like 3 – fun, though, and everyone survived; and competed in our first ever dingy boat races at the Yacht Club, which were a blast. From its college-town vibe with really cool pubs and restaurants to its deep roots in Canadian history that include Fort Henry, the city of Kingston is known to be the best freshwater sailing harbor in North America and we definitely took advantage of it!

Jake Hanson

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