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It was a big night for sailing at the annual Ricoh Sport Nova Scotia awards held Saturday, June 5 at the World Trade and Convention Centre in Halifax.Mike Todd (pictured left) was named Nova Scotia Coach of the Year for leading the sailing team to a gold and three silvers at the 2009 Canada Games. This was the best ever performance by the team at a Canada Games.St. Margaret Sailing Club was named Sport Nova Scotia Community Association of the Year for hosting the 2009 Nautel Laser World Championships. Representing the Club at the event was Commodore Wayne Trowse, pictured right.Other finalists were Jonathan Reid & Ted Skiffington in the Team of the Year category, OfficIal Rob Williams, and Nautel in the Major Sponsor category.Also recognized at the event were the following NSYA nominees;Barbara Pike and Rod Millar Volunteers of the Year, Erin Rafuse Female Athlete of the Year, Tom Brosky Male Athlete of the Year. Paul Tingley, Lisa Ross, Daniel Taylor and Adam Baker were honoured as Athletes of the Month.
Sunday, 06 June 2010 11:37

Appleton Cup Race Big Success

Despite rain, heavy at times, throughout the NSYA Appleton Estate Cup Race on Saturday, June 5, more than 45 boats were on the start lines with 275 sailors.The race raised significant funds for the Nova Scotia Sailing Team many of whom helped out at the event.First boat across the line from the RNSYS start was Intrepid skippered by Colin Campbell (Pictured). Duck from Bedford Basin took top honours and Cheap Thrill won the Women's division.Mike Evans was the winner of the Skipper's draw for the $1000 gift certificate generously donated by Doyle Sails.Thank you to the event supporters; Appleton Estate, Garrison Brewing, Hamachi Steakhouse, Gentle Touch, Bishop's Cellan, Doyle Sails and Waterfront Development Corporation.
Congratulations to Joss Warren, a Nova Scotia Sailing Team member from the Chester Yacht Club who helped lead Tabor Academy to the New England Championship on May 16. Joss Warren is co-captain of the team and represented Canada at the 2009 Youth World Sailing Championships with Jacob Chaplin-Saunders in the International 420 Class. Tabor finished the qualifying round with a record of 6-1. The title is the schools 23rd, first since 2007. The win qualifies Tabor to compete in the ISSA Team Racing National Championship to be sailed in Seattle, WA May 21-23, 2010.
Bravo Zulu to Dave DeWolfe who has earned the exceptional designation ofYachtmaster Ocean, the highest award in the NSYA/CYA's 35-year old CruisingProgram. The award is presented to recreational sailors who have attainedthe highest levels of competence in the Learn To Cruise Program includingCelestial Navigation, and who have extensive sailing and ocean experience.Captain DeWolfe is a Transport Canada licensed Master, and theOwner/Operator of Discovery Sailing in Mahone Bay, which provides CYACruising instruction at the Intermediate and Advanced levels in addition tocharter excursions. He is also a certified skiing, SCUBA diving, andCanadian Power & Sail Squadron instructor, and is a current Director of theNSYA. Dave's work experience includes over 1,200 days at sea as aHydrographic Surveyor, international consultant and university lecturer onTides and Currents, and scientific computing.
Wednesday, 12 May 2010 18:34

Caution Mariners!

The North Atlantic right whale is the most endagered large whale - only about 400 remain. Right whales are protected in Canadian waters under the Species at Risk Act.Right whales are found in the waters of Atlantic Canada from June through December. Their range extends from their critical habitat in the lower Bay of Fundy to the Roseway Basin Area to be Avoided and the Scotian Shelf.The Canadian Whale Institute has sent a number of Right Whale Placard info sheets to NSYA for distribution to Clubs. If you would like some for your Club, please contact the NSYA office.
Fireball Class sailors Guy Tipton and Matt King of Shelburne ended one week at the Internationals', and one week at the Worlds', placing 17th and 24th respectively out of a field of 70 other teams. The two week event was hosted by the Barbados Yacht Club this year. Even with a deep field of accomplished entries from 15 countries including a number of past world champions, Tipton and King emerged as the top North American team. " It was blowing 22-28 kts. and gusts in the 30s', with choppy and breaking waves almost every day. We are not used to sailing in these conditions and we were probably one of the lightest teams in the regatta", Tipton and King stated." We actually feel pretty good. It was a great experience, we learned a lot and met several knowledgable sailors, organizers and competitors, who were all very willing to share their time and expertise." Their next goals will be to practice, participate in Regattas' on this continent and prepare for the next Fireball Worlds, which will be hosted by Ireland in 2011.
Adam Taylor and Daniel Baker from the Lunenburg Yacht Club sailors will represent Canada at the 2010 Volvo Youth Sailing World Championships to be held July 8-17 in Istanbul, Turkey. The pair are the two time defending Nova Scotia Provincial 420 Class Champions, and qualified based on their results at a regatta this winter in Florida.“Adam and Daniel have been extremely dedicated to their training the past few years, and they are two of the most promising youth sailors coming out of NS right now.” said their coach Lesley Taylor.“Their goal last season was to qualify to represent Canada at the 2010 Youth Sailing World Championships, which they successfully achieved at the 420 Midwinters in Florida this February. They have a very full training schedule planned for this spring leading up to the Regatta in July, and are hoping to spend some time in the 470 to better prepare themselves for the challenge of sailing an International 420 at the event." The event will bring together more than 300 athletes from 60 nations. The 2002 world event was held at the Lunenburg Yacht Club. For more information on the event click here
Monday, 12 April 2010 14:11

WOW! Bursaries Awarded

The NSYA WOW! Women on Water Committee has awarded the annual Adult Sailing Education Bursary to Kate Keough of Eastern Passage and the Health & Physical activity Bursary to Elissa Jenkins from Sydney.Kate will use the funding to support her attendance at an upcoming training course for sailors, while Elissa is currently sailing around the world in the Clipper Ocean race. Her bursary will be used to help pay some of her expenses.WOW! Women on Water is committed to developing the potential of women in Nova Scotia through the sport of Sailing..It was extablised in 2007 in memory of Pamela Lerch.More information on WOW! Women on Water can be found here http://www.nsya.ns.ca/programs/womens-programs.html
Tuesday, 30 March 2010 04:00

Canadians Off To Solid Start at Opti SAs

After two days of very light air racing the Canadian Optimist team appears to be holding its own.  Day two of racing in the seaside town of Punta del Este, Uruguay, finished up with only one race completed after five hours on the water.  Light winds of 3 to 4 knots prevailed for much of the day forcing the race committee to start and abandon a couple of races, postpone and finally call it a day around 3 30 pm.  After a total of three races Canadian sailor Andrew Hodgson leads the team in 38 place with Zac Baum sitting in 66, and Meredith McGarry following in 71.  COAST sailor Allie Surrette of RNSYS currently sits in 78 with Max Flinn of COAST- Chester Yacht Club in 81st place.  Tristan Bourelle of Port Credit Yacht Club is in 94th place while Gabriel Paquette in 105th, Jamie McLaughlin in 119th and Peter Ehvert in 140th place.  The team is coached by Fran Bellocchio of Argentina. Regatta organizers at are working hard to keep the 168 sailors from 16 countries in good spirits.  Hotel Amsterdam is home to the Canadian team and they share it with sailors from Bermuda, Ecuador, Brazil and Argentina.  Stay tuned for more details as the regatta continues.
Wednesday, 24 March 2010 13:31

NS Opti Sailors to South Americans

Good luck to two of Nova Scotia's finest Optimist sailors as they compete at the Opti South American Championships which runs from March 25 thru April 4 in Uruguay. Max Flinn and Allison Surrette from the COAST program will represent their Nova Scotia team at the Championships. A total of 9 Canadians will compete. They'll be coached by Fran Bellochio. Full results can be found here http://www.sudamericano2010.com.uy/ingles/index.html
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