News Releases

Monday, 13 August 2018 18:30

Anderson Finishes 5th in Poland

Dziwnow, Poland -  Today Ryan Anderson, a 16-year old laser radial sailor from the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron, finished 5th overall at the 2018 Europa Cup Dziwnow, Poland (Aug 11-13), capturing a bronze medal in the U19 division. He was top Canadian at the regatta. Following a six-day training camp in Puck, Poland with four other Canadian Laser Radial Class athletes, Ryan put a consistent eight-race series together over the three days of the Europa Cup Poland. Ryan will now travel to Kiel, Germany for the 2018 World U19 Laser Radial Class Championships (Aug 18-25 ) where 385 athletes are expected to test the Baltic waters.Last December, Ryan represented Canada in the Laser Radial finishing 15th at the World Youth ( U19) Sailing Championships in Sanya, China where 51 countries were represented.Coaching Ryan in Europe along with four fellow Canadians is former Laser Radial World Championship silver medalist, Polish National, Alek Arian.Laser Europa Cup - Poland Results ( scroll down to third division ( Laser Radial ) 
The demographics of sailing are changing and more women are getting involved and are often rooted in sibling bonds. That is the case of Lorna Bennett and her sister Sheliah Tulloch who currently call the Bedford Basin Yacht Club (BBYC) their home base. From a young age Lorna and Sheliah were introduced to sailing by their father who in the late 70’s when he was commodore of the Dobson Yacht Club. During Henry’s tenure, the DYC membership took on the project of building a fleet of sailing prams for the local children. His daughters took to sailing immediately despite their fear of falling into Sydney Harbour and attained all of their White Sail badges. As time progressed the girls had their own pram “212” which was often seen plying the waters of the Bras d’or Lakes on many summer vacations. As their skill progressed a Flying Junior joined the family and often became an unofficial entrant for racing in Baddeck. It was in this vessel that Lorna received her first lesson in “Set and Drift” as on one occasion she took the boat to relieve some stress and sailed triumphantly from her home port only to find that she couldn’t sail against the current to get home. Unknowing to Lorna, Dad “the stressor” was watching the misadventure unfold and called his friend to tow her home. To make matters worse for an embarrassed a frustrated Lorna, dad had a great laugh as he gave her the “I told you so”…
Noah Adler, an Opti Sailor from RNSYS captured the first Provincial title of the season winning the U16 Championship which was part of ARK Regatta in Bedford last weekend.More than 120 sailors took part in the regatta which saw a  number of NSST Prospect Team athletes post great results.In the Laser full rig Ben George won gold beating out 8 others while Ryan Andreson finished first in the 25 boat Radial fleet. In the I420 fleet Jack Gogan teamed up with David Frost to win the title. Full ARK 2018 Regatta results can be found here
Tuesday, 26 June 2018 12:44

I Am A Sailor...Cameron Sullivan

Cape Breton, the jewel of Nova Scotia, is known to be short on population but long on talent.  One has to look no further than Natalie McMaster, Rankin Family, Barra MacNeils, the late Rita McNeil,  Matt Minglewood or Al MacInnis as examples of individuals from small town Cape Breton that have made a big splash in larger locales.   Cameron Sullivan, a young Cape Breton sailor has the potential to do just that.   Though he’s only in grade 6 Cameron has been quite mobile as he’s already in his 5th school and currently living in Calgary.  Like a lot of Bluenoser’s living out west, Nova Scotia will always be home and his three years of lessons at the Mabou Sailing Club is serving him well at the Calgary Yacht Club.   Cameron made his first appearance at the Calgary Yacht Club’s Icebreaker Regatta June 1-3 and finished 2nd in his class with 3 bullets, 5 seconds and two 3rd place finishes.  As I can personally attest to the high calibre of sailing in southern Alberta these results say a lot about the Mabou Sailing Club.  From his first sailing lesson Cameron stood out to his coaches to be an enthusiastic albeit nervous student but always showed up with a huge smile.  With determination and coaching he overcame his initial fears of falling off the boat and now excels in his skill.  “Some people are really good at certain things, and others are really good at other things.  Everyone’s good at something”  
Sail Canada in partnership with Sail Nova Scotia and the Canadian Sport Centre Atlantic is excited to welcome Krzysztof Kierkowsk in the role of Sail Canada Next Gen Double Handed Coach.    Coach Krzysztof, from Poland, is a 2-time Olympian, and Polish National Sailing Team alumni. He has extensive experience in the sport and has coached many sailors, including Team Norway at the 2016 Rio Olympics in the FX class.    Kyzysztof will be located in Halifax, Nova Scotia where he will be working with a number of Next Gen Athletes but will also be travelling across Canada to work with Double Handed athletes and Coaches across Canada.   “We are excited to be working with Krzysztof as he coaches Next Gen athletes in the 29er, 49er, FX and Nacra classes. He will be a great asset to Canadian sailors, helping them develop the necessary skills to progress to the next stage of their sailing careers” stated Mike Milner, Sail Canada High Performance Director.
Under warm and sunny, with some clouds, more than 260 sailors and 42 boats took part in the annual Sail Nova Scotia Boxing Rock Cup Race in Halifax Harbour on Saturday, June 9. The annual race, which has been around for more than 45 years always draws a great crowd.Full results are posted here.
Tuesday, 29 May 2018 17:05

I Am A Sailor ~ April Hubbard

All too often we judge each other or our own self-worth on accomplishments, titles, and letters behind our name or numbers in our bank account.  But the reality is a person’s impact on others is the defining factor.   As a pioneer in the adaptable sailing movement I can say with confidence that all the volunteers that make the program function are true impact players.   April Hubbard of Sail Able NS is a true impact player. Her journey began at the annual Sail Able BBQ in 2006 in an effort to meet other wheelchair users who were living active lives.  “I have met many amazing individuals who are living their dreams while embracing their disability rather than overcome it.”   On her inaugural sail the wind breathed life into her sails both literally and figuratively.  A whole new world opened up for April as it was the first time in years that she had a moment of power over a disease that attacked her body.  “For years I was only seen as a disabled person.  No one believed I could take care of myself let alone anything else.  On my first day with Sail Able, they had no doubt about my abilities and trusted me to sail a Martin 16. Their faith in me gave me the confidence to start believing in myself.” As a measure to give back to a program that has given her so much April has taken on the role of writing grant applications and running fundraising campaigns…
Sail Canada recently announced the 2018 Canadian Sailing Team and it consists of 5 Nova Scotia athletes. Paul Tingley and Erin Rafuse are on the National Team while 3 are included on the Canadian Sailing Development Squad. Those athletes are Luke Ruitenberg, Georgia Lewin-LaFrance, Madeline Gillis and Erin Rafuse.For a list of all the athletes go here
Thursday, 01 March 2018 14:50

Race Officials Courses Set for April 13-15

Sail Nova Scotia will be offering the following Sail Canada Race Officials courses the weekend of April 13-15 at the Mahone Bay Community Centre in Mahone Bay.Courses offered are Mark Laying Course, Assistant Race Officer and Club Race Officer. The cost of the three courses in $100 or $50 for an individual course. The Courses will be led by Peter van Muyden an International Race Officer and co-taught by Dan Conrod. This is a great opportunity to get people at your club certified to run races! Hours will be Friday: 6pm - 10pm, Saturday & Sunday, 9am - 4pm. Registration is now open here If you wish to register for a course individually please contact Frank at the Sail Nova Scotia office. [email protected]
Monday, 22 January 2018 14:14

Nova Scotian Sailors Win National Awards

Sail Nova Scotia is thrilled to hear that a number of NS sailors will be recognized with national Sail Canada awards! Congratulations Madeline & Georgia on being named Female Youth Sailors of the Year, Luke Ruitenberg on being named Canadian Sailing Team Rookie of the Year and the five Nova Scotians who race on Team Triple Lindy who won the Gerry Roufs Offshore Sailors of the Year award. For the complete list, go here awards will be presented March 2 in Toronto.