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Sail NS is excited to announce that we will be celebrating 10 years of the very successful WOW! Women on Water program with a afternoon celebration on Saturday, April 22 from 3-5pm at Armdale Yacht Club in Halifax. Hear about the exciting programs and events for female sailors this year and also learn more about the bursary program and the Pamela Lerch Cup. On top of that we'll have some draw prizes and complimentary snacks. Free to attend and all are welcome. Good times guranteed! RSVP to the Sail NS office if you're planning to attend. Click here for more information.
Sail Nova Scotia is pleased to announce that we will once again be hosting Sail Canada Race Officials courses in Halifax this spring. First off will be a Mark Laying course set for Friday, April 28 from 6-10pm at the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron from 6-10pm. Then on Saturday and Sunday the 29th and 30th of April we'll offer the Club Race Officer certification level which includes the Assistant Race Officer level. The Course Conductor will be Peter van Muyden, an international Race Official from Edmonton who has been a PRO at a number of Nova Scotia events. Below you can find a poster for the training and to register go here https://sailnovascotia.checklick.com/
Monday, 06 February 2017 15:59

NS Sailors Recognized at Sail Canada Awards

Big Congratulations to all the NS winners who were recognized at the Sail Canada awards Saturday night in Toronto. Bedford Basin Yacht Club, represented by Kate Pepler, for Learn to Sail program of the Year. Georgia Lewin-LaFrance named Youth Sailor of the Year. Peter Wickwire, finalist for Rolex Sailor of the Year Stuart McCrea awarded the Gerry Rouffs Offshore Sailor of the Year. Paul Tingley & Scott Lutes, Male Sailors of the Year. Sail NS was represented by Provincial Coach Lisa Ross.
The 2016 sailing season came to a close in Nova Scotia on Saturday as we honored the best sailors and volunteers from across the province at our annual awards ceremony.Held at the Maritime Museum of the Artlantic the event atrracted more than 120 guests. A presentation by our 2016 Olympians and Paralympians was a great start to the evening as they talked about their experiences at the Games'. For a full list of winners, please see below. President's Award - Denis Astephen, Northern Yacht ClubSailors of the Year - Paul Tingley & Scott LutesFemale Sailors of the Year - Erin Rafuse & Dannie BoydMale Sailors of the Year - Jacob & Graeme Chaplin SaundersFemale Youth Sailors of the Year - Lauren Sullivan, Georgia Lewin-LaFranceMale Youth Sailor of the Year - Jack GoganOffshore Sailor of the Year - Stu McCrea (pictured with Steve Davies)Official of the Year - Brian ToddRegatta of the year - Chester Race WeekCoach of the Year - Lisa RossInstructor of the Year - Kate Pepler, Bedford Basin Yacht ClubWOW! Award Winner - Elizabeth Jardine, Petpeswick Yacht ClubVolunteer of the Year - Bryan MacDougall, Ben Eoin Yacht Club Winning the Legacy Fund award in 2016 were Max Flinn and Cameron Sawyer.  
On a chilly fall morning on the 29th of October, 22 sailors arrived at the Shelburne Harbour Yacht Club and Shelburne Sailing Academy.  Many didn’t know what to expect, only that they were promised a full day of great tactical action on the water in a fleet of boats that were unfamiliar to many. The Shelburne Sailing Academy, forming part of the Shelburne Harbour Yacht Club maintains a small fleet of Albacore (www.albacore.ca) racing dinghies.  These versatile boats serve to introduce both youth and adults to the sport of sailing, and are challenging enough to keep sailors active well into their senior years. Granted, this particular motley collection of Albacores have all seen better days, but they were perfect for the task at hand:  to provide a bunch of enthusiastic sailors the equipment and venue for a day of head-to-head, no holds barred team racing. Team racing differs from standard fleet racing in that there are a few key rules that change the field of play drastically.  The most important change in the rules is that “proper course” no longer applies in many cases.  This changes the dynamic drastically at events like reaches and mark roundings.  A pair of competitors in one boat may decide not to round that mark but carry on sailing while holding an opposing boat which has to “give way” to the first boat.  Or on reaching legs a boat may luff up an opposing boat right until head-to-wind to allow another boat on the same…
Thursday, 06 October 2016 17:13

Applications Now Being Received for 2017 NSST

Sail Nova Scotia is now receiving applications from athletes interested in a spot on the 2017 Nova Scotia Sailing Team. The team is made up of Senior athletes and Prospect team athletes. The application form can be found below along with a calendar to complete. The application deadline is October 17. For more information contact Lisa Ross, Provincial Coach at [email protected]  
Tuesday, 04 October 2016 12:41

Shelburne to Host Team Racing Weekend

Get set for a great weekend of Team Racing in Albacores in Shelburne.Team Racing is a fantastic way to keep sailing into the fall.  It's a great way to improve your sailing and boat handling skills, and an awesome way to build camaraderie and get your competitive spirit going in a fun filled day of dinghy racing.The format is three boats against three boats using the Shelburne Sailing Academy owned Albacore fleet.9 boats will be rigged, so that two teams are always racing against each other with a third team either coming ashore or "on deck" awaiting the next race.Teams will be selected during the morning briefing.  You don't need to have a team to come to this event.  Come as you are (and dress appropriately.)The schedule will be as follows:08:00 - 08:45  Meet and greet, coffee muffins in the Shelburne Sailing Academy classroom08:45 - 09:15 Briefing, strategy talk, explanation of the day's events and team selection.09:30 - 10:00 rig boats and launch10:15 - 16:00 team racing - rotating teams16:00 - 17:30 de-rig, de-brief in the main clubhouse, cash bar and Boxing Rock beer.18:00 - 20:00 grilled steak dinner (and more beer)We'll crown the winning team during the dinner.The cost for entry is $45, and all proceeds will go to the support of the Shelburne Sailing Academy and Learn to Sail program.Registration is now open at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/shelburne-team-racing-dinner-2016-tickets-28321607691 For more information contact Henry Pedro [email protected]
Tuesday, 27 September 2016 11:49

Sailing Conference Set for October 22

Together with Sail Canada, Sail Nova Scotia is excited to announce the full schedule, (see full schedule here), for our 3rd annual Atlantic Sailing Conference set to take place Saturday, October 22 at the Westin Nova Scotian Hotel in Halifax. The day will feature several presentations to benefit sailors, leaders, coaches and instructors in the region. A highlight will be the keynote by World Record setting sailor Damian Foxall, and a presentation by our Olympic and Paralympic sailors about their experiences in Rio.Registration is now open and can be completed here. For $40 attendees will get lunch and a new Helly Hansen Lifa shirt which has a value of $80.We look forward to seeing you October 22. 
Paul Tingley from Halifax and his Sonar team of Scott Lutes (Mahone Bay) and Logan Campbell (Sask) captured the Bronze medal today at the Rio Paralympic Games. This is the 3rd Paralympic medal for Tingley after capturing a Bronze in 2000 and a Gold at the 2008 Games. The SKUD team of John McRoberts and Jackie Gay from BC won a silver a few hours after the Sonar team won their medal. Full paralympic sailing results can be found here http://www.sailing.org/paralympics/rio2016/results/index.php
Wednesday, 17 August 2016 12:17

NS Sailors Wrap Up Olympic Competition

The teams of Dannie Boyd and Erin Rafuse in the 49er FX class and Jacob & Graeme Chaplin-Saunders in the 470 class concluded their events at the Rio Olympics on Tuesday. Dannie and Erin finished in 16th place while Jacob & Graeme were 22nd. "We are proud of our journey. We have mutual respect for each other and it helps us get through the good and bad moments in sailing. We will be leaving Rio gaining really valuable experience that we can take forward to 2020" said the brothers. Dannie and Erin said "We made a few too many mistakes and we didn't put together the races we know we are capable of. It's been a loang road to Rio and we've had our ups and downs but at the end of the day, we are friends and we are proud that we made it here. Hard work got us here." On behalf of sailors across Nova Scotia thank you for making us feel so proud!
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