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Thursday, 06 January 2011 15:07

Nova Scotians Compete at I420 Worlds

Two Nova Scotia boats represented Canada at the 2011 Internation 420 World Championships which wrapped up January 5 in Argentina.Henry Machum and Julien Fougere from the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron finished 40th overall in the 56 boat fleet while brother John and Arthur Ferguson from the Lunenburg Yacht Club finished 47th. Bots teams were coached by Agustin Ferrario from the RNSYS and Canadian Sport Centre Atlantic. 14 countries participated in the event which was won by sailors from Argentina. Full results can be found here.
Wednesday, 05 January 2011 12:52

NSYA Now on Facebook & Twitter

The NSYA has jumped on the Social Media bandwagon! In December we set up a Facebook Fan Page (Nova Scotia Yachting Association) and a Twitter page (NSYachting).You can find links to both on the front page of our website.
Friday, 04 February 2011 04:00

Sport Fund Funding Available

Twice a year Sport Nova Scotia accepts applications from Community Sport Groups including, Yacht Clubs and LTS programs for Manulife Financial Community Sport Grants. Applications are judged primarily on how the project will increase capacity in your community allowing more participants to experience the benefits of sailing.Sailing programs have benefited greatly from funds through this program.The next round of applications are due to NSYA no later than February 21, 2011 so they can be reviewed, endorsed and submitted to Sport Nova Scotia prior to the March 1 deadline.You can find all the details about these funding grants here including a link to the application form.
Wind Athletes Canada is pleased to announce Racing Around the World Alone, the compelling story of the 2008-2009 Vendée Globe sailing race, will premiere on the CBC documentary channel on January 31st, 2011 at 21:00 EST and 22:00 PT. Racing Around the World Alone will premiere on the CBC documentary channel on January 31st, 2011 at 21:00 EST and 22:00 PT. Racing Around the World is the story of the 2008-2009 Vendée Globe race. 30 skippers embark on a quest to be the fastest to sail 27,000 miles around the world, non-stop, without assistance and alone on 60 foot sailboats. This is one of the most extreme challenges a human being can face. The sailors are alone at sea for months and physical and emotional strength are essential. Growlers (icebergs), sea mammals, and massive waves are a constant danger. On any day the forces of nature can bring an end to the best sailor’s well made plans. They harness the wind, hope for safe passage over the sea and push hard to win. At some point during this epic challenge every sailor shares a similar thought, “Take me home. I want to go home. I’ve had enough”. They persevere and demonstrate that the human will is powerful. They are a testament to the audacity of the human spirit. Racing Around the World Alone is their story. Wind Athletes Canada, in collaboration with Miz Monday Productions and Resolve Films, is pleased to share their story. The film is also…
Thursday, 09 December 2010 17:40

Inter-Club Championship Set for 2011

At the recent NSYA Annual Meeting, Dartmouth Yacht Club Rear Commodore Jason Penny introduced a new Inter-Club Championship to be competed for in the 2011 sailing season. The new Metro Inter-Club PHRF Championship will be based on results from each of the five area club opening regattas, Metro Regatta, and Chester Race Week. Points will be awarded to the top three finishing boats from each club in each of the seven events. For example if boats from one club place first in each of three classes, a total of three points will be accumulated, or if their best finishes are a second, third and fifth across all of the fleets, 10 points will be accumulated. At the end of the season, the club with the lowest number of points will be declared the Metro PHRF Champions. This means of scoring means that a club can be competitive even if they are not represented in every PHRF class. Jason says “We hope this new championship will increase inter-club rivalry and boost attendance at regattas”. As for the title of champions he says “overall DYC did great in the local regatta circuit last year and we think we have the best chance to win this in 2011.”
Sunday, 21 November 2010 02:14

2010 NSYA Annual Awards

The Nova Scotia Yachting Association held the annual provincial sailing awards at a ceremony at the Saraguay Club in Halifax on Saturday, November 20. Mike Evans from the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron was named Sailor of the Year. Evans won the 2010 edition of the Route Halifax St. Pierre Race and contributed greatly to offshore racing last year as he chaired the race as well. Captain Eric Hill pictured left receiving award from Dave Dewolfe, NSYA Cruising Chair, was named Male Sailor of the Yearfor his efforts with the STV Tuna program. He certified Cruising Instructors on the vessel and skippered it to a number of outstanding results in races. Lisa Ross of the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron captured her 5th Female Sailor of the Year Award in the past 6 years after finishing in 17th place at the 2010 Laser Radial World Championships. Capturing the Nova Scotia Youth Sailor Award were Henry Machum and Julien Fougere from RNSYS who won the National Youth Sailing Championships in the 420 Class. Both sailors are now preparing to qualify to represent Canada at the 2011 World Youth Sailing Championships. Karen Filbee-Dexter and Dana Archibald were this year’s NSYA Legacy Fund award winner. The Fund is designed to help provide NS sailors with the advanced technical expertise they require from coaching to equipment acquisition, and to take them from a provincial level of competition to national and international levels. It was established in 1994 in the memory of Paul Thomson. Guy…
Monday, 15 November 2010 14:52

Wanted: Mobile Sailing Instructors

Are you looking for a great adventure this summer? Do you want to see and meet the people of many great communities across Nova Scotia? Do you have a passion for introducing Learn to Sail Programs to youth eager to learn? If so then the NSYA Mobile Sailing School is for you.The NSYA is now accepting applications for the two Instructor positions for our new Mobile Sailing School. The job ad can be found here.For more information, contact the NSYA office.
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 14:02

NSYA AGM Set for November 20

The Nova Scotia Yachting Association invites all member clubs, sailing schools and class associations to the 2010 Annual General Meeting which includes divisional meetings and the annual NSYA Sailing Awards luncheon.The events take place on Saturday, November 20 at the Saraguay House (RNSYS) at 360 Purcell's Cove Road in Halifax. The AGM is an important time of year that representatives from Yacht Clubs, Sailing Schools, and Class Associations from across Nova Scotia come together to share ideas, discuss long range plans, and shape the future of NSYA.For the NSYA Nominating Committee Report click hereFor the day's schedule click here.
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.
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