News Releases

Canada's Peter Wickwire and his crew of Matt Christie (Bedford, NS) and Tim Bishop comprehensively won the ISAF Nations Cup North American / Caribbean Regional Final at Fort Worth, Texas, USA over the weekend.The Canadian trio, who have an ISAF World Match Race Ranking position of #75, defeated Colin Rathbun,Christopher Haycraft and Antony Wighting, from the British Virgin Islands, 3-0 in the Final. Wickwire and his team came through the Round Robins relatively unscathed winning nine out of ten match races against the British Virgin Islands team and Mauricio Gallardo, Jorge Guevara and Humberto Zepeda from El Salvador. The Canadian teams only defeat came in the fifth Round Robin against Rathbun, who looked to take some momentum into the final having already qualified after beating the El Salvadorian team. But Rathbun's win counted for nothing as Wickwire used his experience and brushed the British Virgin Islands team aside with relative ease to qualify for the Grand Final. The ISAF Nations Cup is a global competition to find the world's top match racing nations in both open and women's events and to develop match racing infrastructure around the world. The Nations Cup encompasses a series of eight Regional Finals from March to July 2011, from which the top team will qualify for the ISAF Nations Cup Grand Final, which will take place in Sheboygan, USA from 13-18 September 2011.
Thursday, 19 May 2011 11:39

New Program Teaches Adults How To Sail

With recent success of the children’s learn to sail program, the NYC Junior Sail Association is reviving an adult learn to sail program that will see adults take to North Sydney harbour for the month of June. The Adult Learn to Sail program promises to offer sailing basics for adults who have always dreamed of learning to sail. The program will be launched at the NYC Junior Sail Building, a top notch sailing facility, with NYC’s expert instructors leading the charge. Students will sail prams and 420 dinghies which are designed to build beginner skills and experience. “No previous experience is necessary,” says Learn to Sail Director, Paula Smith. “Only requirements are a life jacket, eagerness to learn and a good attitude.” For decades, the Association has built its reputation of building competitive sailors and recently learned that six Junior Sailors made the Provincial Race team. This four week program will include two lessons per week on Monday and Wednesdays evenings starting June 6th. The program will wrap up on June 29th with a graduation experience guaranteed to take a student’s interest to the next level. Graduates will be invited aboard various yachts at the NYC to experience an evening of yacht racing during the NYC Wednesday Night Race Series. Lessons will run for three hours each evening at a cost of $225.00 per person. Registration will take place on May 19th at 7:00pm at the Northern Yacht Club, 27 Seaview Drive, North Sydney. Space is limited and will be…
Back by popular demand is the NSYA Coach & Instructor Development Camp to be held June 18-19 at St. Margaret Sailing Club.Meet other coaches and instructors from across Nova Scotia and kick off the 2011 Sailing Season on the right foot. This camp will include dryland and on-water sessions and be lead by NSST Coach Rosie Chapman and former Canadian Sailing Team and Olympic Coach Rob Fox. Coaches & Instructors from all over the province will develop their skills, network with co-coaches and get a good jump on the sailing season. This course is non-credit and a great way for all race coaches and sailing instructors to develop professionally. We will cover the following and much much more: Top tips for Laser, 420 and Opti rigging Drill progression How to goal set for your team Season planning Networking with NS coaches to best share resources and knowledge Top tips Coach boat- best practice Fitness Space is limited so register early.Cost: $25 per coach which includes lunch, water and snacks both days. To register for the camp send name and contact information to the NSYA no later than May 31.
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 15:39

NS Ice Boating Championships

Saturday/Sunday March 26/27, Sherbrooke Lake, Nova Scotia A week after the 2011 Maritime Championships, the ice was not only still holding on Sherbrooke Lake, but it was getting better. Courtesy of cold nights, all the drain holes had frozen over hard, and the surface itself was getting smoother during the days. We scheduled the Nova Scotia Championship over two days, although in the end, weather limited us to one day of racing. There were 13 entries, including 1 from Prince Edward Island and 2 from Connecticut. Sherbrooke Lake is about 6 miles long and a mile wide, but unlike Maritime Championships the week before, the westerly winds blew across the lake, so we were restricted to about a ¾ mile course. And the winds tried to blow the dogs off their chains. On Saturday we started with a scrub race to establish starting positions, but abandoned the first attempt when snow squalls wiped out visibility. For the rest of the day we squeezed races in between the snow squalls, which were separated by clearer spells with winds dropping to the 15+ knot range. But even at the best of times there were huge velocity and direction shifts that made the beats a challenge. Saturday brought some bad luck to two: Dutch Baerken, who broke his plank in the first series race, and Howard Garland, whose boom split while leading race four. The split boom damaged Howard’s luff tape, leading to another failure in Race 5 and a DNS in Race…
Monday, 21 March 2011 11:47

Maritime Ice Boating Champs Held

It was not a very good year for iceboating in Nova Scotia, with not enough rain to clear the February snows off the lakes, and temperatures too warm to reliably freeze salt water sailing sites like Mahone Bay Harbour or the LaHave River. We did get good sailing days, but it was hard to convince the less than committed that there were good conditions to be had. On Sunday March 20th, we finally had our Maritimes Championship, but as a 1 day, 8-race event, rather than our traditional 12 races over a two day weekend. Only nine DNs sailed, with many of the Halifax sailors either disbelieving that there was ice anywhere, or unprepared to drive to Sherbrooke Lake. The PEI sailors had finished for the year. We were a little bit worried about the ice conditions, because we had sailed Sherbrooke Lake on the previous Wednesday and had been forced to use slush runners by 12:30PM, but on Sunday March 20th it was cool enough for some competitors to sail the whole day on 3/16 insert runners, despite the bright sunshine. Winds were about 10 knots, but variable both in strength and direction. Bob Crinion was the strongest competitor, discarding a second, to take the championship. We lost Art Samson from the mix early on, when he chose to ‘power through’ a gust in race 4 and capsized as a result, shearing off his plank mounting plates. Howard Garland showed good speed and tactics to take 2nd, and Dave…
Friday, 18 March 2011 13:52

NEW PHRF Adjustments for 2011

The NSYA Handicapping Committee announces that the following adjustments are new for NSYA and will be implemented for the 2011 sailing season. Some of these new adjustements are specifically targetted at non racing boats and must be applied for individually by a written submission to NSYA at [email protected] The submissions will be reviewed by the handicap committee to determine if the credit should apply. The following adjustments are given only upon application to NSYA: Recreational adjustment: - This must be the racing inventory of the boat and sail materials and measurements must be included with submission In mast furling adjustment. Asymmetrical Spinnaker adjustment: cloth type and measurements to be included For all the details click here.
Two sailing teams from Shelburne Harbour Yacht Club represented Nova Scotia at the Fireball North American Mid-Winter Championships hosted by the Davis Island Yacht Club in Tampa, Florida on the weekend. After three days of racing Guy Tipton & Matt King were successful in repeating as Fireball North American Champions. "The racing was very competitive and the weatherman provided us with both windy and calm conditions" the team stated "We are now looking forward to the Internationals and Fireball Worlds' in Sligo, Ireland in June." The second team of Evan Bower & Nick Williams, the youngest team in the regatta, finished a very respectable 12th position amongst an accomplished fleet of former Canadian and American champions. The talk around the regatta was that most of the competitors had been sailing for longer than Evan and Nick have been alive and they were very impressed with their level of sailing.
Paul Tingley Named Canadian Male Sailor of the YearPaul Tingley from Halifax will be honoured with the Canadian Yachting Association Male Sailor of the Year Award at an awards ceremony in Toronto on Saturday, February 26. Tingley, who sails out of the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron, captured the 2.4 mR World Sailing Championships in September. The 2008 Paralympic Gold Medallist is now preparing for the 2012 Paralympic Games. Also at the CYA Awards, the Nova Scotia Yachting Association will receive the Recreation Event of the Year Award for its new Mobile Sailing School program. The Mobile School visited communities across the province last summer and introduced more than 100 youth to the sport. For a complete list of CYA Award winners, click here
Lisa Ross of Lunenburg, representing the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron finished 3rd at the Laser Radial North American Championship Regatta held in Clearwater, Florida on the weekend. The two-time Olympian was top Canadian at the event.Also in Florida, 6 Nova Scotia sailors competed in the 420 Mid Winter Regatta which wrapped up on Monday. Again a Nova Scotia boat was top Canadian boat. Henry Machum and Julien Fougere from the RNSYS finished in 16th place overall while Max Flinn (Chester) and Andrew Burns (Lunenburg) were close behind in 21st position. Also at the regatta were Riley Morash and Morgan Morash from the Hubbards Yacht Club who finished in 70th position in the 77 boat fleet.Nova Scotia Sailing Team Coach, Rosie Chapman says "The three Nova Scotia boats posted some of the best results for Canada at this event in the past 15 years. It's not easy for NS Sailors to be off the water for a few months and then compete against some of the top boats from the US who are on the water everyday. These results are a great way to start the 2011 sailing season." Results from the 420 MidWinter Regatta can be found at
Wednesday, 16 February 2011 19:45

Hal Davies Remembered

With great sadness, the NSYA learned today of the passing of Hal Davies, skipper of Third Wave (RNSYS).Hal was vacationing with his wife in the Bahamas when he passed away on Monday, February 14.Hal was a founding father of both the Premier Class Association and Route Halifax - St. Pierre Race. The recipient of the 2005 CYA Gerry Roufs Award for excellence in offshore racing, Hal was a great supporter of both the NSYA and CYA. He will be missed by all of the Nova Scotia Sailing Community. You can read his obituary here.
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