Greg Silver is a recreational sailor and racer with over 50 years experience, beginning with sailing lessons as a child, and formative years sailing on his family's 37' canoe stern yawl Pintail on Lake Ontario. Greg was a competitive dinghy racer in Snipe and Albacore classes through his teenage years. He worked as a waterfront instructor (sailing and paddling) at a YMCA camp in Georgian Bay, Ontario. He bought his first keel boat in 1981, an I-20, and raced and cruised this boat from Halifax. In 1988, Greg acquired a traditional gaff-rigged Cape Cod Catboat (Ted Brewer design) which he owned for 14 years, and cruised the Nova Scotia coast. In 2002, Greg acquired Misty Cat, a very modern version of the traditional catboat.
Greg first cruised in the Bras d'Or Lakes during the 1980s. He subsequently bought a cottage on Isle Madame, a short fetch from the canal and the lake and since 1997 has lived in Cape Breton full time. He resides in St. Peter's adjacent to the historic tidal lock canal. Greg cruises regularly in the Bras d'Or Lakes and coastal waters of Cape Breton; he sails as crew and navigator aboard racing yachts and has participated in the bi-annual Marblehead-Halifax and Halifax-St.Pierre ocean races. In the past few years Greg has been active with the Wallace MacAskill Yacht Club in St. Peter's, serving on the executive, with the sailing school, and as Commodore.
Greg is a graduate of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and a self-employed graphic designer since 1975. While his main experience was in corporate and marketing communications, in Cape Breton he has specialized in the design of museum and interpretive centre exhibitions and community renewal projects. As a result of his work in Cape Breton Greg has become knowledgeable in the natural and social histories of the region. Aside from his passion for sailing and all things nautical, Greg is an amateur fiddler with a preference for folk-roots music including Celtic, Cajun, Old-time and Blues. He plays with 'The Diasporado Band' in jam sessions and ceilidhs.
Greg brings his sailing experience and love of history, nature, art and music to the forefront as an interpretive guide and captain for Cape Breton Sailing Charters.