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Guy Tipton and Matt King of the Shelburne Harbour Yacht Club, were the winners in the Fireball Class of the 2010 Heineken High Performance Dinghy Open Regatta which was hosted by the American Yacht Club in Rye, New York on October 9th & 10th. The field was extremely competitive with former Canadian, United States and North American champions in attendance. When asked about sailing on Long Island Sound for the first time - ? - "Sailing on the Sound was choppy, the weather was fantastic and Heineken, the Race Committee, and the Regatta organizers all did an excellent job. We had an awesome final day on the water as it all came down to the last race of the Regatta" the team stated. "We were tied with Patrick Crump and Crew after Race 7. We managed to place 2nd in Race 8, versus his 5th place finish, - - which was enough to move to 1st Overall." The team are now on the road back to Nova Scotia. Guy and Matt plan to travel to Florida for the North Americans in March 2011 and to The Fireball Worlds in Ireland in June 2011. For more info on the regatta you can log on to
Wednesday, 06 October 2010 12:51

Able Sail Awareness Clinic A Great Success

On the weekend of October 2-3, the CYA and NSYA hosted the first ever Sail Able Awareness Clinic for persons with a disability in Halifax. Sailors from Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island attended the weekend.With the 2.4mr class now included in the 2013 Canada Games and the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron set to host the 2014 International Federation of Disabled Sailing World Championships, both the CYA and NSYA have identified that more of these awareness clinics are necessary to introduce new sailors to the sport. Coach Craig Guthrie led the weekend. Sailors had the opportunity to sail both the 2.4Mr or the Martin 16.Newly crowned World Champion Paul Tingley met with the sailors and encouraged them to keep sailing.CTV put together a story of the clinic. You can view it here.The NSYA hopes to hold more of these sessions in the spring. Keep checking for details.
Tuesday, 05 October 2010 16:53

WOW! Women on Water Award

The NSYA is now receiving nominations for the annual WOW! Award.This award and $250 prize is awarded to a female who demonstrates outstanding achievement in sailing education, leadership, mentorship and health promotion. Eligibility is as follows: Nova Scotia-based women who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and mentorship, and who have contributed greatly to the education and health promotion of other members of the Nova Scotia sailing community. Applications will be accepted from August to October and awarded in November of each year.More information about WOW! Women on Water can be found here.To submit a nomination contact the NSYA office.
Wednesday, 29 September 2010 12:07

Tingley Wins Worlds, Great Radial Results

It was a great weekend for Nova Scotia Sailors! Paul Tingley from the RNSYS captured his first world championship at the 2.4mR Open World Championships in the Netherlands. Paul came from behind in the final two days to take the title from Stellan Berlin of Sweden. Bruce Millar of Toronto was 4th. In 2008 Paul won the gold medal in the 2.4mR class at the Paralympic Games in China.More than 80 sailors took part int he world championships which is open to able-bodied and disabled athletes. At the Radial NQR in Kingston, Nova Scotia sailors took 3 of the top 7 positions. Lisa Ross was 3rd, Danielle Dube 4th and Erin Rafuse was 7th. All sailors are from the RNSYS.
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
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