News Releases

Max Flinn from Chester Yacht Club and the COAST Sailing Program captured his second consecutive Nova Scotia 16 & Under Sailing Championship on the weekend at the St. Margaret Sailing Club Bay Wind Regatta.Flinn captured the title by dominating the Opti Field. The Regatta was also host to the Nova Scotia Laser and Radial Championships. In the Laser fleet, Alex Palmeter from the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron captured the title while Sandy Beatty won the Laser Radial Provincial title. More than 130 sailors competed in the weekend event. In the photo above Rosie Chapman, NSST Coach congratulates from left Max Flinn, Alex Palmeter and Sandy Beatty.
Thursday, 15 July 2010 00:42

NS Sailors at Worlds

Several Nova Scotia sailors are competing this week at world championships and some have had outstanding results. 2008 Paralympic Champion Paul Tingley from RNSYS finished the 2.4 mR Worls 4th overall narrowly missing the podium due to a tie-break. The 2.4 mR worlds were held in Holland. 2-time Olympian Lisa Ross, also from RNSYS, finished in 17th position at the Radial Worlds which concluded Wednesday in Scotland. The event consisted of only 6 races due to very poor weather conditions.Erin Rafuse (RNSYS) also competed in Scotland and finished in 35th position in the Silver fleet. Back in Holland, two NS 470 teams are competing in the 470 class world championships.Dana Archibald (RNSYS) and Karen Filbee Dexter (SMSC) currently sit in 58th position while Jono Reid and Ted Skiffington (RNSYS) are in 118th position mid way through the regatta. Finally Daniel Taylor and Adam Baker from LYC enjoyed a lay day at the Volvo Youth Sailing World Championships. After three days of racing the team sits in 33rd position in the 420 class.
Jeremy Fraser from the Chester Yacht Club and COAST Sailing Program captured the Nova Scotia 18 & Under Provincial Championship which was held in conjunction with ARK Regatta at Bedford Basin Yacht Club on the Weekend. Jeremy competed in the Optimist Class and was also named Best Sailor at ARK Regatta by Regatta organizers.More than 135 sailors competed in the weekend event.Full results will be posted shortly. In photo NSST Coach Rosie Chapman awards Jeremy Fraser 18 & Under Provincial Award.
Thursday, 08 July 2010 17:40

NSYA Launches Mobile Sailing School

The brand new NSYA Mobile Sailing School made its long anticipated launch this month and so far, so great.The School is visiting Antigonish the first week of July and the organizers up there say "This is our first experience with mobile Sailing School and it has been fabulous. Peter and Sam (Instructors) are great as a team and I have had amazing feedback from the parents and kids with relation to the program and the leaders!"Next stop for the Mobile School is two weeks in Mabou, then a week in Port Hawkesbury, Arichat, Guysborough and Digby.The Program consists of a 20 foot enclosed trailer with a 6 Optis, and an Access Dinghy, Coach Boat and all the safety gear.
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.
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