Friday, 23 August 2013 14:10

Mobility Cup Gets Underway in Halifax

Martin 16 copyThe High Liner Mobility Cup 2013 will be held at the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron August 27-30th.  This annual Canadian regatta brings together competitive sailors with disabilities from across the country.  Forty two sailors plus companions and coaches from Sail Able programs across Canada are heading to Halifax for the regatta. 

Kevin Penny of the Sail Able Association of Nova Scotia will be competing and is working on the organizing committee.  “The Mobility Cup is one of the most exciting events for persons with disabilities. It's a chance to sail in a one-design fleet against sailors with various disabilities. Not only will you have a great time sailing, you will also meet people who will become lifelong friends.”  Penny, who lives in Halifax, has competed in previous Mobility Cup events in Vancouver, Dartmouth, Toronto and Hamilton.  In 2006, he was given the Darren Tucker Award which recognizes the degree of tenacity and determination shown by a sailor.

“It’s going to be a fantastic event,” according to the chair of Mobility Cup 2013, Michael Archibald.  He has big hopes for great weather.  “Halifax Harbour sailing conditions in late August can be second to none with brisk south westerly sea breezes that will provide excellent racing.”

Archibald’s committee is working on the final details of the event which will feature competition for a silver and gold fleet each day.  Also included: a symposium for the AbleSail Network on Sunday, and the organization’s annual meeting on Wednesday.  Social events and a banquet will take place through the week.  All activities will be based at the RNSYS Spar Loft which overlooks the docking area.  Some dockside renovations and several new lifts to assist sailors will be installed before the event takes place.

“In the past number of years, the RNSYS has worked hard to improve our learn-to-sail and race programs.  Hosting major regattas such as the Mobility Cup 2013 and the International Disabled Sailing Federation’s World Championships next year is part of this initiative. We have the personnel and facilities to host a great Mobility Cup 2013,” Archibald said.  

A fleet of 21 Martin 16 sailboats is being shipped in from yacht clubs across Canada.  Practise racing will take place on Monday.  Competition runs Tuesday to Friday with sailors leaving the dock at 9:15 and 12:45 each day.  A full schedule of events is available on the event website:  http://www.mobilitycup2013.ca/