News Releases

Congratulations to Allie Surrette of St. Margaret's Bay and Max Flinn from Chester for being named to Team Canada.The sailors will represent the country in the Nacra 17 class at the August PanAm Games in Paracas, Peru.For the full Sail Canada release announcing the team see here.
Saturday, 08 June 2019 20:06

2019 Boxing Rock Race with Results

What a fantastic day for the 2019 Boxing Cup Harbour Race! Sunny skies, northerly breeze and warm temps brought more than 200 sailors and 39 boats together for a fun afternoon of racing and a great raft up party! Winners this year were Dancer (Eric Strathdee) from the Bedford Start while Paul Rafuse and the crew of Bleep won the RNSYS start. A very special thank you to Boxing Rock for their very generous support and to Develop Nova Scotia (formerly Waterfront Development) for their great support. Winning the Boxing Rock Gift basket for best Social Media posts was Flux (Jordan MacNeil). And thank you to everyone for participating.  See you all in 2020. Full results below.
  Sailor Ryan Anderson, from Halifax beat out 27 sailors to win the Canadian Laser Radial Championship last weekend at a regatta held in Montreal. Ryan posted three first place finishes in the 4 race series.   Anderson who sails out of the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron captured the National Youth Championship in 2018 and as a result was selected to represent Canada at the 2019 Youth World Sailing Championships set for July in Poland.   Full regatta results from the National Laser Championships can be found here.  
Tuesday, 28 May 2019 17:20

We Are Sailors...Gillis & Taylor

Putting a team together with the hopes of achieving international success is not an easy task. But the job is made easier with quality coaches who know what qualities make a good team and then bring the athletes together. That was the case with Elsie Gillis from Halifax and Shelburne’s Savannah Taylor, Sail Nova Scotia’s female youth sailor of the year in 2018. Both sailors had been sailing the International 420 for 2 and 3 years respectively and had success at both international and national events. Since their partnership was formed, the duo has qualified to represent Canada at the 2019 Youth World Championships in Gdynia, Poland in July. Since being placed together last fall they have successfully competed in Connecticut for the Atlantic Coast Championships, Miami for Mid-winters and participated in a training camp in Miami. So far their training schedule has included a training camp at the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron (RNSYS) which gave them the opportunity to train with fellow top Canadian sailors and coaches.  Aside from sailing they are regularly found in the gym doing weight training or cardio on the rowing machine under the direction of the Canadian Sports Center Atlantic to enhance and maintain conditioning. The off-water challenges for this duo has been their biggest obstacle.   Not only do they live about a 2 hour drive from each other, Savannah recently had pneumonia for 3 weeks! Throughout Savannah’s downtime, Elsie continued her on-water training.   Despite these set-backs their commitment to the commitment and,…
Wednesday, 24 April 2019 19:34

5 NS Athletes Named to Canadian Sailing Team

Sail Canada announced the 2019 Canadian Sailing Team today and of the 28 members, 5 are from Nova Scotia. Earning positions on the team are; Luke Ruitenberg a Laser sailor from St. Margaret's Bay. The sister team of Georgia and Antonia Lewin-LaFrance of Chester are 49er FX sailors. And Max Flinn from Chester and Allie Surrette from St. Margaret's Bay competing in the Nacra 17 class. All the sailors race out of the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron. Congratulations to these 5 outstanding sailors.  
Tuesday, 23 April 2019 12:16

I Am A Sailor...Ed Trevors

To sail what is arguably the most popular Canadian designed, high-performance dinghy, the Laser demands slow deliberate movement in light air and quick acrobatic manoeuvres in heavy air. With a LOA of 13’9 and beam or 4’7, its tiny cockpit is better suited for a teenager or small adult.   When I took sailing lessons on the Glenmore Reservoir in Calgary my instructor, Jim, was 6’1 and I remember him saying the Laser is perfect for a guy like “Big Jim”.   But Jim was a sailing instructor with many years of dinghy sailing experience. Ed Trevors is 6’3 with no experience. In his younger years, Ed was an avid basketball and volleyball player but as he aged the body just couldn't take that kind of high tempo every day. Ed’s path to sailing was paved by his daughter Maya as he watched her fall in love with the sport while taking lessons at the Shelburne Harbour Yacht Club (SHYC) .   At about that time Ed was invited to crew for a friend at the East Coast Albacore Championships and the rigors of racing got him hooked on a new passion and he soon purchased a used Laser. “I’m about 6’3 and when I started I really filled out my wetsuit-I was a bit over 250lbs. Being in the cockpit was not an easy place to be.” Lumbering in light air Ed usually found his Laser Radial on top of him but his sense of humour and perseverance has helped immensely…
Congratulations to Savannah Taylor, Elsie Gillis, Ryan Anderson, Moritz Heidenreich, and David Frost for being named to team Canada that will compete at the 2019 Youth World Sailing Championships this summer in Poland. The team will be lead by RNSYS head coach Agustin Ferrario. See the full release here 
Thursday, 11 April 2019 12:28

Statement Re Metro Regatta 2019

Sail Nova Scotia, who has organized Metro Regatta over the Natal Day weekend for the past three years has issued the following statement regarding the 2019 event. We believe this new direction will only benefit racing in the Metro Halifax area. If you have any questions or comments please direct them to Frank Denis, Sail NS Executive Director at [email protected]  
Tuesday, 09 April 2019 14:48

Lisa Ross, New Technical Director

We may have 20 cm of snow on the ground, but to help cheer you up Sail Nova Scotia has some exciting news to share.   Lisa Ross, our former Provincial Team Coach began a new role with the Association as Technical Director earlier this week.   This new position will see Lisa working with our Learn to Sail Clubs, coaches and instructors throughout the year and especially in the summer months. This spring a big focus will be on helping clubs adopt the Coaching Association of Canada's Safe Sport movement which aims to make sport positive and rewarding experience for everyone. As well, she will be assisting clubs with concussion protocols, instructor professional development and launching a coach mentorship program.   While our provincial team athletes will receive coaching this season from their club coaches, Lisa will also oversee the High-Performance program.   Lisa can be reached by e-mail at [email protected]   Please join me in welcoming Lisa in her new role as Technical Director.
Wednesday, 03 April 2019 14:56

Race Management Courses set for April & May

St. Margaret Sailing Club is hosting three Race Management course this April and May. The courses are; Mark Laying, Assistant Race Officer, and Club Race Officer. Anyone with an interest in running sailing races should atteend.Full details including times and price can be found here
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