When Jeff Nelson had his inaugural sail at the Bedford Basin Yacht Club in 1982 little did he know he would have a career in sailing. Honing his skill at the Nepean Sailing Club in Ottawa Jeff served as both sailing director and Commodore. Answering the call to Nova Scotia, Jeff re-located to Halifax and made the Armdale Yacht Club his new Port o’ Call. At AYC Jeff took up the familiar role of sailing director and eventually Sail Nova Scotia invited Jeffrey to join the Board of Directors. From there Jeff transitioned from crew to take the helm of Sail Nova Scotia.
In his role as President of Sail Nova Scotia, Jeff takes great pride in his crew and is quick to deflect any and all credit to his colleagues. The latest of which is the partnership with Sail Canada enabling Sail Nova Scotia to acquire highly touted double handed coach, Kristoph Kierkowski to assist double-handed athletes to compete at the Olympic level.
Aside from Olympic competition, Jeff wishes to promote sailing to Nova Scotia families as an inexpensive lifestyle. “There are a lot of sports available to Nova Scotians but sailing is one of the few where families can enjoy the sport and the lifestyle together. Most people do not really appreciate how affordable and rewarding sailing can be.”
As Sail Nova Scotia charts a new course to the future with Jeff at the helm the philosophy of a fun and relaxing lifestyle is an added destination. The hybrid philosophy of fun and competition is the Sail Nova Scotia lifestyle. This mind-set was evidenced in the recent Sail Nova Scotia Conference where the keynote speaker focused on the fun or, adventurous, aspects of youth sailing and family appeal.