Sailing in New ZealandApril 10, 2018

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Sailing alongside the Volvo Ocean 65 Race Boats in New Zealand

As the summer approached and my urge for sailing grew, the choice of whether or not to join my aunt and uncle’s sailing adventure was too easy. Not only was I given the chance to sail the South Pacific Ocean and up the Huaraki Gulf of New Zealand. But I was arriving just in time for the Auckland portion of the Volvo Ocean Race. 

Upon my arrival in Auckland I contacted Sail Superior’s former Captain Marek. He had made many contacts in the Auckland racing community since moving to New Zealand several months ago. As a result, he was able to set me up with a spot on a 42 foot sailing race boat in Auckland’s Friday evening Rum Race. Prior to the Rum race we had the amazing privilege of watching some of the worlds top sailors battle to out in Auckland’s In-Port Volvo Ocean race.

2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race 

The Volvo Ocean Race consists of seven Volvo Ocean race boats equipped with some of the worlds top sailors. In 2014, they introduced the concept of a one design race boat meaning that the teams no longer needed to spend money designing their own high performance sail boats. This change allowed races to be won by athletic performance rather then superior boat design.

“If it hadn’t been for the new one-design rule, then I probably wouldn’t have done the Volvo Ocean Race again” Ian Walker, Adu Dhabi Ocean Racing’s skipper.

 This years Volvo Ocean race started in Spain and will be finishing in the Netherlands. These sail boats not only race to each location around the world. But also complete in the In-Port harbour races during their stop overs. Which allows spectators such as myself to witness the speed and skill of the Volvo Ocean 65 and crew. I couldn’t recommend a better way to get over the winter chills then with a trip to watch some of the worlds finest racing competitors battle it out in Auckland’s sunny harbour. 



Places to Stay in Thunder Bay, OntarioFebruary 24, 2018

Places to Stay in Thunder Bay, Ontario

By Sail Superior


A vibrant city with rich culture and history. Thunder Bay, Ontario has lots to offer visitors. There are many great choices when it comes to places to stay in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Almost too many, that’s why we have made a list of places to stay in Thunder Bay, Ontario. The list is organized by location and amenities have also been listed.

The downtown area is near the waterfront of Prince Arthurs Landing Marina on Lake Superior. The airport area is on the south side of the city. Further south of the airport by approximately 10 minutes is the Nor’Wester Mountain Area. In the centre of the city, you will find the hospital, university, and Canada Games Complex, all a short distance from downtown.

Accommodations are listed in alphabetical order and by location. 

Airport Locations

Airlane Hotel


Sauna, Pool, Hot Tub, Fitness Centre, Business Centre, Restaurant, Free Airport Shuttle, Pet-Friendly, WiFi 698 W Arthur St
(807) 473-1600

Best Western Crossroads Hotel


Free Breakfast, Fitness Centre, Free Airport Shuttle, Pet-Friendly, WiFi 655 W Arthur St
(807) 577-4241

Comfort Inn


Free Breakfast, Free Business Centre, Free Unlimited Long Distance Calling, WiFi 660 W Arthur St
(807) 475-3155

Hampton Inn


 Pool, Fitness Centre, Business Centre, Free Breakfast, WiFi 760 W Arthur St
(807) 577-5000

Valhalla Inn


 Sauna, Pool, Hot Tub, Fitness Centre, 2 Restaurants, Pet-Friendly, WiFi 1 Valhalla Inn Rd
(807) 577-1121

Victoria Inn


Sauna, Pool, Water Slide, Hot Tub, Fitness Centre, Restaurant, Pet-Friendly, WiFi 555 W Arthur St
(807) 577-8481

Downtown / Marina Location

Prince Arthur Hotel

 Pool, Free Airport Shuttle, Restaurant, Pet-Friendly, WiFi 17 N Cumberland St
(807) 345-2675

Regional Hospital Location

Days Inn North Hotel

 Fitness Centre, Free Breakfast, WiFi 1250 Golf Links Rd
(807) 344-3297

Nor’ Wester Mountain Location

Best Western Nor’Wester Hotel

 Sauna, Pool, Hot Tub, Fitness Centre, Business Centre, Restaurant, Pet-Friendly, WiFi 2080 Hwy 61
(807) 473-9123

Central Thunder Bay Area

Days Inn

 Sauna, Pool, Hot Tub, Fitness Centre, Free Breakfast, WiFi 645 Sibley Dr
(807) 622-3297

Holiday Inn Express

 Pool, Hot Tub, Fitness Centre,  Free Breakfast, Pet-Friendly, WiFi 1041 Carrick St
(807) 346-0220

Marriott TownePlace

 Pool, Fitness Centre, Free Breakfast, Pet-Friendly, WiFi 550 Harbour Expressway
(807) 346-9000

Super 8

 Free Breakfast, Pet-Friendly, WiFi 439 Memorial Ave
(807) 344-2612


 Pool, Fitness Centre, Free Breakfast, Pet-Friendly, Wifi 450 Memorial Ave
(807) 345-2343

North of Town

Landmark Inn

 Sauna, Pool, Hot Tub, Water Slide, Free Breakfast, Pet-Friendly, Restaurant, WiFi 1010 Dawson Rd
(807) 767-1681

Thunder Bay Inn

Free Breakfast, WiFi 1460 Dawson Rd
(807) 768-1234


Thunder Bay Backpackers Inn

 139 Machar Ave
(807) 683-3995

Thunder Bay International Hostel

 1594 Lakeshore Dr
(807) 983-2042