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Ryan Anderson (left) and Kevin Weirsma captured 2017 Laser Provincial titles on the weekend at the St. Magaret Sailing Club Bay Wind Regatta. Anderson won the Radial Championship beating 29 other sailors by scoring 3 bullets in the 10 race regatta. Anderson sails out of the RNSYS and has been selected to represent Canada at the Youth World Sailing Championships this December in China. Weirsma who sails out of the Royal Hamilton Yacht Club in Ontario, but lives in Halifax and sails with the NSST beat 11 other boats to win his first provincial title.The next Provincial Championship to be decide is the U-19 which will be contested at Sail Fest in Lunenburg in early August.Full Bay Wind Results can be found here. 
Thursday, 06 July 2017 13:33

Canada Games Sailing Team Announced

Sail Nova Scotia is excited to announce the members of the Canada Games Sailing Team that will represent the province at the Canada Games at the end of July in Gimli Manitoba.   Leading the team will be veteran Canada Games athlete Siobhan MacDonald from Mabou who sails in the paralympic 2.4mR class. These are Siobhan's secong Games. In 2013 she finished in 4th position.   In the Laser Class Spencer Dalzell from the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron will sail while Lauren Sullivan also from RNSYS will compete in the Laser Radial Class. These are the second Canada Games for Lauren who previously represented the province at the Winter Games in Synchronized swimming.   The 29er class which is a double-handed class (ie two person boat) will see two teams competing. In the female division Sophie Carter from the Waegwoltic Club and Emily Roy from RNSYS will team up while in the male division Cameron Shaw from RNSYS and Justin Timmins from Bedford Basin Yacht Club will race for Nova Scotia.   While the Games are centered ariound Winnipeg the sailing competition will be held in Gimli on Lake Winnipeg. Racing takes place from July 30 - August 4.   The team is coached by 2 time Olympian Lisa Ross from Lunenburg and Team Manager is Max Flinn from Chester.   Driving the boats to the Games are Chris Shaw and Mark Surrette.    
Thursday, 29 June 2017 11:57

Northern YC Hosts Disability Module

On June 18, 2017, Dee Osmond and Kevin Penny of Sail Able NS were invited to the Northern Yacht Club in North Sydney to facilitate the Coaching Athletes with a Disability Module (CAWAD). This module developed by Sail Canada gives an overview of working with persons with disabilities in a sailing setting. The morning provided some theory based group discussion about disability with the afternoon being a bit more hands-on. Instructors learned how to safely transfer sailors in and out of boats, were trained in the use of assistive technology available to disabled sailors, and got to see it in action as Kevin took each of them for a short sail in beautiful North Sydney Harbour. The instructors also had a chance to sail the Freedom Independence boat used in their Sail Able program this summer!   A big thanks to the Northern Yacht Club for their hospitality and hope they have a successful Sail Able Program this summer. For more information about the module you can contact Dee Osmond at [email protected] or by telephone at 902-818-1898.
Thursday, 29 June 2017 11:57

Northern YC hosts Disability Module

On June 18, 2017, Dee Osmond and Kevin Penny of Sail Able NS were invited to the Northern Yacht Club in North Sydney to facilitate the Coaching Athletes with a Disability Module (CAWAD). This module developed by Sail Canada gives an overview of working with persons with disabilities in a sailing setting. The morning provided some theory based group discussion about disability with the afternoon being a bit more hands-on. Instructors learned how to safely transfer sailors in and out of boats, were trained in the use of assistive technology available to disabled sailors, and got to see it in action as Kevin took each of them for a short sail in beautiful North Sydney Harbour. The instructors also had a chance to sail the Freedom Independence boat used in their Sail Able program this summer!   A big thanks to the Northern Yacht Club for their hospitality and hope they have a successful Sail Able Program this summer. For more information about the module you can contact Dee Osmond at [email protected] or by telephone at 902-818-1898.
Saturday, 10 June 2017 20:33

Boxing Rock Cup 2017 = PERFECTION

The 2017 Boxing Rock Cup was sailed in Halifax Harbour today under perfect, no I mean PERFECT conditions! Sunshine, nice winds, and lots of heat made for a great event for the nearly 40 boats and 200+ sailors.Winning the BBYC start was Donnie Walker on Dark Water finishing at 2:12:42, In second place and top female boat was Karen Fowler on Cheap Thrill finishing at 2:13:08, 26 seconds behind.Sunnyvale with Peter Wickwire at the helm won the RNSYS start finishing at 2:28:11. In second place was Chris Veinot and Hype Wave only 2 seconds behind!Full Results are now posted. See attachment below.Special thanks to Boxing Rock Brewing Company for all the great support this year.Thanks everyone for participating
Wednesday, 10 May 2017 15:32

Metro Regatta Set For Natal Day Weekend

Sail Nova Scotia is excited to host Metro Regatta once again on the Halifax Waterfront over the Natal Day weekend, August 5-6. Hosted by Waterfront Development and the Maritime Museum, Racing will be run by the Race Management team at RNSYS. Participants will be provided free overnight docking on the waterfront, great swag bags and an invitation to the after-race party hosted by the Museum. Stay tuned for all the details. While the NOR is still being put together, registration is now open. Go here to register https://sailnovascotia.checklick.com/All the details will be posted on our website when ready. 
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.  
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