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Wednesday, 27 July 2011 17:16

NS Sailors 9th at 420 North Americans

Two RNSYS sailors were the top Canadian boat at the 420 North American Championships at Buffalo Canoe Club this week. Julien Fougere and Henry Machum, just back from representing Canada at the Worlds, came 9th. There was a total of 113 boats competing with 5 boats from Nova Scotia. Fougere and Machum had five top 5 finishes in a close battle for first overall. Also competing from the Squadron were Ted Murphy and Taylor Shaw (26th), Max Flinn and Andrew Burns (35) Alison Surette and Minute Murphy (43), Ellie Wollmann and A. K. Turner (54) Antonia Lewin-LaFrance and Amy Minnikin (86). Danielle Boyd was the coach for the Nova Scotia Sailors.
Twice a year Sport Nova Scotia accepts applications from Community Organizations for funding throug the Nova Scotia Amateur SportFund. Yacht Clubs and Sailing schools have been successful securing funding from this fund over the years.The review committee bases its decisions considering a number of factors: how will the program increase capacity? Is it innovative? Will it lead to those from under-represented groups signing up for programs? Is the initiative sustainable? Is there support for the initiative from other community groups?Full details about the Sport Fund Community Organization fund can be found here.The deadline for Sport NS to receive the complete application is September 1, however NSYA must review and endorse all applications and therefore we must have them no later than Thursday, August 25.Prior to submitting an application, please discuss your initiative with Executive Director Frank Denis.
Tuesday, 19 July 2011 12:30

Cruise to Cape Breton

Course space is still available on Sou’wester Adventures fourth annual Cape Breton Cruise August 8th-26th. The course originates from Atlantica Oak Island Marina in Mahone Bay, and covers the South and Eastern Shores all the way to the Bras D’or Lakes. The schedule this year (August 8th-13th) will see advanced (Coastal Skipper) students sailing direct to the St. Peter’s Canal, then lock up to the lakes with several additional days of local cruising. The return trip happens two week later (August 21-26th). Intermediate (Bare Boat Skipper) students will then sail the return leg from St. Peter’s back to Mahone Bay via a number of remote anchorages, coastal seaports, and marinas. Both courses lead to CYA certification upon successful completion, and provide plenty of practical experience in all aspects of live-aboard cruising and navigation. Contact Sou’wester Adventures Sailing School for further details on line at www.souwesteradventures or toll-free at 1-877-665-4004.
Friday, 15 July 2011 17:41

Fougere & Machum 29th at Youth Worlds

Henry Machum and Julien Fougere of the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron represented Canada at the 41st ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship in Croatia earlier this week and finished in 29th place in the International 420 Class Fleet.Their best day of racing was Wednesday as they posted a 13th and a 15th place finish.Agustin Ferrario, also from RNSYS, was coach for the event.Full results here.
North Sydney, NS - Disabled sailors will have the opportunity to take to the water Sunday, July 17 during a special event hosted by the Northern Yacht Club Junior Sail Association, Sail Able of Nova Scotia, and the Canadian Paraplegic Association (Nova Scotia). Three accessible boats will be available from 10:00am to 2:00pm at the NYC located on Seaview Drive, North Sydney. On site will be the 20.5 foot Free Spirit offering high back bucket seats complete with over the shoulder harnesses providing extra security for any would-be sailors. Those interested in trying their hand as skipper can take the tiller while under instruction of a qualified sail instructor. During a recent renovation, the NYC Junior Sail Association had their sights set on providing sailing activities for those with limited mobility. With renovations now complete, the Junior Sail Association will be hosting its first Sail Able program. In addition to the Junior Sail building offering accessible facilities, a specialized lift will be available to transfer sailors in and out of boats and personal flotation devices will be provided by Sail Able. Sailors and their families will be welcomed by a team of staff and volunteers. In addition to sailing opportunities, the event will include refreshments and a barbecue at no cost for participants. Sailors are encouraged to bring sunscreen and clothing appropriate for the weather. For more information contact: Lorna Griffin-Fillier Canadian Paraplegic Association (NS) (902)733-3098 orPaula Smith, NYC Junior Sail Association (902)561-5096
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 16:24

Paul Tingley Story Featured in the Herald

On Sunday the Chronicle-Herald had a feature story on sailor Paul Tingley with a great video. The ocean and the wind don’t know Paul Tingley is paralyzed. A breezy day on open water is a great equalizer, where the 41-year-old Tingley has everything he needs to win. In a wheelchair since the age of 24, the Halifax native is a highly accomplished international Paralympic sailor with a 2.4-metre solo keelboat world championship in the Netherlands in 2010 — only the fourth in 20 years for a disabled sailor — and a gold medal at the Summer Paralympics in China in 2008.Read the rest of the story and see the video here.
The award-winning NSYA Mobile Sailing School launches this week with a stop in Arichat at the Isle Madame Boat Club. The instructors this year are Katy Rehse and Carson Murray who are very excited to spread sailing programs across Nova Scotia. The itinerary in 2011 includes:Arichat - July 4 - 9Grand Narrows - July 11 - 16Mabou, July 18 - 22 & 25 - 29Antigonish, August 2 - 5 & 8-12Digby, August 15-19 With 6 Optis and 1 Access dinghy, the program hopes to introduce sailing to 100 youth this summer and inspire communities to develop their own Learn to Sail program.If your community is interested in hosting the program in 2012, please contact the NSYA office for details.
Tuesday, 28 June 2011 16:33

Judge Seminar to be Offered

Warren Nethercote will be offering a Club Judge Seminar in conjunction with the SMSC Bay-Wind regatta, on the weekend of 23-24 July. The seminar will consist of classroom sessions covering Parts 5, 6 and 7 of the Racing Rules of sailing, followed by a 50 question true-false test. The test, together with either a recognized judging or race management seminar is a requirement for certification as a CYA judge. The seminar will be given from 0900-1600, Friday July 22nd. The fee for the seminar will be $10, to cover materials. Register by email with the NSYA office or directly to [email protected], indicating your preference for seminar scheduling.
Discovery Sailing, based in Chester Basin, Nova Scotia, has recently completed a 5 day RYA Yachtmaster Prep week conducted by Dave DeWolfe. This live aboard course is designed to be completed in advance of the RYA Yachtmaster exams. The Prep Week was followed by two days of RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Exams conducted by RYA Yachtmaster Examiner Christian Mach. Exams include both oral and practical components. Two candidates were successful in completing the requirements and passing the exams. As a result these two individuals were awarded the RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence. To learn more about Discovery Sailing please visit In the picture are Christian Mach (RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Examiner), Max Shaw and Frederick Crossley (newly minted holders of the RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence) and Dave DeWolfe (RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Instructor).
Thursday, 09 June 2011 17:27

Tipton & King to Fireball Worlds

Current North American Champions, Guy Tipton and Matthew King of Shelburne Harbour Yacht Club, will be heading off this week for the Fireball Worlds Sailing competition begining June 13th. The two week event will be hosted by the Sligo Yacht Club in Sligo, Ireland and will feature 58 confirmed entries, spread across 9 nations and 3 continents. "This is going to be fantastic!!" the team stated, "racing against the best from the United Kingdom, Ireland, Switzerland, Australia, France, Germany, Czech Republic and Shetland Islands.". "The first week of racing will be for the International Trophy (10 races) and the next week we will compete for the Worlds Championship Trophy, also the best of 10 races." "Perhaps some day we can host this event here in Nova Scotia" the excited duo stated. Daily reports and results can be found at and follow on the blog
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