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Monday, 20 September 2010 00:21

Flinn Defends Opti Title

Max Flinn from the Chester Yacht Club and COAST sailing program, defended his Provincial Optimist Class Championship this weekend at the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron.Flinn posted three first place finishes in the 5 race regatta.Finishing in second place was Jeremy Fraser from the RNSYS and COAST program. In third pace was Luke Ruittenberg from COAST.15 competitors took part in the weekend regatta.
Halifax has been awarded another World Championship! This time it’s for the sport of sailing. The International Federation of Disabled Sailing (IFDS) has awarded its 2014 World Championships to the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron (RNSYS) in Halifax. The event is designated a pre-qualifier for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. In making the announcement today at the RNSYS, Canadian Yachting Association president Gerry Giffin said the IFDS Worlds will be great for the sport of sailing and for disabled athletes. "Last year’s Laser World championships in Nova Scotia showed the sport of sailing is for any age. These World championships will show that our sport is for any ability," he said. "Sailing really is one of the most inclusive sports." RNSYS Commodore Mat Murphy said the 2014 IFDS Worlds will further position the club as a top sail training centre in the country. "This is about growth, about our sport, about our Sail Able program," said Murphy. "To host the Worlds in 2014 will provide a lot of encouragement and incentive to the athletes in our Sail Able program." The successful Canadian bid was facilitated by Events Nova Scotia, which produced the winning bid document. "Nova Scotia is a leader in ocean related events. We’re happy that we could help the Squadron win this bid," said Grant MacDonald, Director, Major Events and Community Partnerships. "We look forward to welcoming the participants from all over the world and showing them why Nova Scotia is a world class destination…
Monday, 30 August 2010 16:16

Surrette 2nd at Opti Nationals

Allison Surrette from the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron and COAST sailing programs finished in 2nd place at the 2010 National Optimist Class Championships which concluded on the weekend in Hamilton, Ontario. By finishing in 2nd place, Allison qualifies for the Canadian team which will travel to the 2011 World Championships which will be held in Auckland, NZ in December 2011.Max Flinn of the Chester Yacht Club and COAST programs finished in 4th position while Jeremy Fraser of RNSYS & COAST was 9th. Nova Scotian sailors were coached at the competition by Jeff Bethune. More than 85 competitors took part in the competition. COAST is celebrating it's 10th anniversary this year and is the most successful Optimist Racing program in Canada. For full results click here.
Ryan Gallant and Matthew Akin captured the NSYA 420 Circuit Championships this year after finishing in 4th place at Kennedy Cup Regatta held last week at the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron.Gallant and Akin earned 16 circuit points at the regatta to jump from 4th to 1st overall.Rounding out the top three overall were Mitchell Shaw and Emma Hillier from the Northern Yacht Club in 2nd place and Steve Leblanc and Stephen Cantwell also from NYC in 3rd place.The 2010 Circuit had 4 stops, 2 in Halifax and 2 in Cape Breton. Sailors had to compete in at least three of the 4 regattas.39 teams took part in the circuit. Full results can be found here.
Thursday, 05 August 2010 12:56

NS Sailors Dominate Fleet at Youth Nationals

Nova Scotia Sailors domintated the 420 fleet and captured two CYA National Youth Sailing Championships this week at the regatta held at the Nepean Sailing Club in Ottawa.In the 420 Class, Nova Scotia placed 5 boats in the top 6. Leading the way were Henry Machum and Julien Fougere from the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron who narrowly edged fellow club members Andrew Burns and Minette Murphy to win the championships. Emily Merry and Soalnge Adamson from the Lunenburg Yacht Club were 3rd, John and Arthur Ferguson also from LYC were 4th, and Dee Osmond and Taylor Shaw from RNSYS were 6th.In the Laser Radial male fleet Cole Rice, also from the RNSYS captured the title over a sailor from Quebec.Fraser Wells was top Nova Scotian in the Laser fleet finishing in 2nd place.Other Nova Scotians at the event were; Brandon Brown, 17th in the Laser fleet and Zach Dunn 22nd also in the Laser fleet.In the Radial male fleet Devan Dube was 11th, MacAskill Oland 13th, Greg Simms 15th, and Nathan Dunn 20th. More than 120 sailors from across Canada took part in the 4 days regatta. Full results can be found here
Wednesday, 04 August 2010 12:04

COAST Sailors at New England Championships

Seven members from the COAST Opti Sailing Team are competing this week at the New England Opti Championships taking place in Newport, Rhode Island. More than 370 competitors are participating.After the first day of racing (4 races) Allison Surrette is in 15th place, Max Flinn in 18th, Luke Ruitenberg in 27th, Jeremey Fraser 44th, Christian Grantmyre in 57th, Alexander Sapp in 148th, and Lauren Sullivan in 161st.Mark Surrette, who is travelling with the team syas "The breeze was SW 10 to 15 knots with gust to 23. It was a spectacular day for racing and our team did very well. They are well positioned to improve their standings over the next two days." Racing continues through Thursday.Follow results at
Tuesday, 27 July 2010 01:25

NS Women's Keelboat Champs Results

This past weekend BBYC Women’s Committee hosted the NS Women’s Keelboat Championships. This years event attracted 11 boats and over 50 participants. The event was a resounding success. All participants were impressed with the quality of racing and fully enjoyed the off-water activities. This event has been steadily growing each year as more and more all female crews are formed and accept the challenge of racing. There were two separate classes for competitors to choose to compete in; White sailand Spinnaker class and both were extremely competitive. Saturday was a perfect day on the water with the sun shining and a consistent breeze between 8-12kts all afternoon. 4 windward leeward races were conducted, with Shannon Iingraham-Christie, Leanne Gillis and their crew on Sulis earning 4 first place finishes in the white sail class to get a solid first place. Things were not as clear cut in the spinnaker class with only one point separating the first from the third place boat. Karen Fowler and her crew on Cheap Thrill did manage to come out on top at the end of day one. The day ended with massages from the students of the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy, a barbeque and live entertainment. Sunday brought rain, but there was wind as well so boats were promptly rigged and on their way to the start line. Two around the buoy races were completed with some very exciting mark roundings in the white sail fleet. Even with the rain, all the competitors…
After 2 days of training out of the Northern Yacht Club in North Sydney, Nova Scotia, and two great days of racing, the sailors in Optimist Dinghies, 420s, Laser Radial and Laser wrapped up Sail East 2010 today. 78 boats competed at the event from Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador.. CYA Event Coach Robin Blanchard oversaw coaching to all participants - on land and on-water, and optimizing the expertise of provincial and class specialty coaches visiting Chief Judge was Warren Nethercote and Principal Race Officer was Rob Williams. During the event they worked with prime groups of judges and race officers who are developing in Canada's Atlantic region. Event co-chairs Dean Baldwin and Dennis Astephen and the host organizing commitee are to be commended for putting on a great event, all the while encompassing CYA's on-line registration service - brought into place just this year to start the CYA's tracking of Canadian sailing athletes. Check out the RESULTS
Saturday, 24 July 2010 23:29

RNSYS 420 Sailors 8th at North Americans

Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Sqaudron Coach Agustin Ferrario reports from the final day of the 420 North American Championships Saturday, July 24 was the last day at 420 North Americans in New Jersey. This was a great regatta and RNSYS was the only team representing Canada, so very proud of it! The sailing conditions were very tough during the first days since the wind was not present. However, we had 14 races and some of them in great wind! This was a great experience for our team since it was an opportunity to test our level with the best sailors in North America. Our final conclusion is that our level is better than what we expected and our sailors are some of the fastest in the fleet. We learned that although our team is very fast, we don't have enough experience racing and starting with big fleets.With 110 boats competing the final results for our team were Ted Murphy & Peter Soosalu in 8th place, Julien Fougere & Henry Machum in 36th place and Minette Murphy & Andrew Burns in 57th place. Highlights of the regatta: Julien Fougere and Henry Machum passing 23 boats on a extreme reach! Minette Murphy and Andrew Burns passing 18 boats on an upwind! Ted Murphy and Peter Soosalu comming back from 26th and winning the race with pure boat speed and skills! Our next event is the CYA Youth Nationals in Ottawa where the fleet will not be as big as strong but the…
Max Flinn from Chester Yacht Club and the COAST Sailing Program captured his second consecutive Nova Scotia 16 & Under Sailing Championship on the weekend at the St. Margaret Sailing Club Bay Wind Regatta.Flinn captured the title by dominating the Opti Field. The Regatta was also host to the Nova Scotia Laser and Radial Championships. In the Laser fleet, Alex Palmeter from the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron captured the title while Sandy Beatty won the Laser Radial Provincial title. More than 130 sailors competed in the weekend event. In the photo above Rosie Chapman, NSST Coach congratulates from left Max Flinn, Alex Palmeter and Sandy Beatty.
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