The Rigging Shoppe:
In 1969, Bruce Burgess opened the doors to The Rigging Shoppe Limited in Scarborough. Bruce was the master of rigging, supplies and cutting-edge safety related products. He spent his career building production rigging and masts for many of the boats we sail on today; Northern, Goman, Halman, PDQ and C&C just to name a few. At its peak production The Rigging Shoppe (and Seaway Spars, a division of the business) was building over 500 masts per year.
Bruce and his wife Shirley have been happily retired in the Thousand Islands for years now.
Their daughter, Carolyn has carried on Bruce's legend. She has propelled this shoppe into a leader of safety and innovative products, while at the same time maintaining the custom rigging portion of the business that has made it famous for almost 50 years. Since the inception of this shoppe, the Burgess' have supported the offshore racers on Lake Ontario. Over the last 10 years, The Rigging Shoppe has been a valuable sponsor of the Lake Ontario 300 and LOOR. Carolyn has raced in the LO300 at least 5 times both on the Scotch Bonnet and Main Duck course. Throughout the years Carolyn has provided us with many valuable safety tips and innovations through our roads shows, demonstrations and articles. The team at The Rigging Shoppe is passionate about offshore racing and eager to assist in providing a custom solution for every sailor who takes on the challenge.