News Releases

Friday, 08 July 2016 16:20

Metro Regatta Returns Downtown

Sail Nova Scotia is excited to announce that the annual Metro Regatta will return to the downtown Halifax Waterfront over the Natal Day long weekend set for July 30-31 this year. Sail NS is organizing the event with Race Management supplied by the team at the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron. Details, including the NOR and event poster can be found here.Registration fee is $75 per boat. On-line registration is now closed. Skippers can register from 10am - 12 noon at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic on Saturday.See you on the waterfront Natal Day Weekend!
Under beautiful blue skies and with nice winds, Sail NS held its annual Boxing Rock Cup Race (formerly the Harbour Race) today. 33 boats participated with many more taking part in the raftup party. More than 200 sailors raised funds for the Nova Scotia Sailing Team.Winning the Bedford start was Agent 99 skippered by Rob Crutcher while Christian Grantmyre skippered Hula to first place from the RNSYS start. Liz White was top female skipper aboard RogueWave.Winners will be recognized at the annual Sail Nova Scotia awards to be held Saturday, October 22. Full results are attached below.Thank you to everyone who participated and help put the event on. Special thanks to Boxing Rock for their support.
Best of luck to all the Nova Scotia sailors taking part in the 50th Newport to Bermuda race which begins on Friday.Nova Scotia skippers in the race (as reported to Sail NS by the one and only Mike Evans) include Liz Shaw, Stuart MacRae, Todd Barnard, Mike Evans, and Bill Greenwood. Several others are crew on boats. Follow the race here.
Tuesday, 14 June 2016 16:28

Boxing Rock Cup Race Set for Saturday

The weather looks fantastic for the annual harbour race now known as the Boxing Rock Cup Race which is set for Saturday, June 18. It is a pursuit race with starts at BBYC and RNSYS with the finish off Bishop's Landing. Base start time is 1:00pm. The event is the largest fundraiser for the Nova Scotia Sailing Team. All the details on the attached NOR and event poster.
Dee Osmond, a certified Sail Canada instructor working with the Sail Able NS program is pleased to offer the Coaching Athletes With Disability Module at the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron in June. This one day course will be offered June 18 and June 19 at a cost of $25 which includes lunch. So pick your preferred day and contact Dee [email protected] Here is what the CAWAD module is all about.  This is a professional development module created to provide instructors & coaches with resources and training to work with sailors with a disability. The module is designed to provide the basics of what you need to know to get started, especially in First Contact, Fundamentals, and learn to sail fast settings. Sail Canada Trained and Certified Instructors & coaches, at any CANSail level are eligible to take this course. Volunteers working with para sailors and programs are also encouraged to participate to increase their understanding and awareness. The module is designed to provide additional and specialized information to CANSail instructors and para program volunteers who wish to gain more knowledge or specialize in instructing & coaching sailors with a disability.
Monday, 06 June 2016 14:27

Adult Dinghy Regatta in Shelburne

Shelburne Yacht Club is leading the way when it comes to getting adults back into dinghy racing or providing them an opportunity to try it! Here are the details: The preferred date is Saturday June 25 for a great Team Racing event in Shelburne. (The alternate date is Saturday July 9). If July 9 works better for you, please let Henry know. The details are as follows: Cost: $55 per person. What you get: A full day of team racing organized by the coaching staff at the Shelburne Sailing Academy. This is geared towards adult sailors who are thinking about or otherwise interested in dinghy sailing in Nova Scotia.After sailing there will be a nice sit down dinner put on at the Shelburne Harbour Yacht Club with a Boxing Rock beer pairing. All included in the entry fee. No one will leave disappointed. We're looking for approximately 12-15 interested adults to participate in some of the most exciting toe to toe boat racing in Nova Scotia. The event starts with a briefing at 09:00 at the Shelburne Sailing Academy to sort out strategy and assign teams. The aim is to be on the water by 10:00 and off the water by 4:30. Bring a lunch. Dinner will be served at 6:00 pm. This will be great!To register and for more information contact Henry Pedro [email protected]
Sail Canada announces today that Jacob and Graeme Saunders (Chester, NS) have qualified for Rio 2016 in the men’s two-person 470 boat. Jacob (Helm) and Graeme (Crew) teamed up in the double-handed boat in 2009, qualifying for the National team in 2013. The sibling duo have been campaigning for Rio for over 5 years, making continuous progress on the international sailing stage. In January 2016, Team Saunders finished a career high 7th at the Sailing World Cup – Miami and secured a country berth for Canada. Jacob and Graeme competed at the 2015 Olympic Test Event last August and look forward to getting back on the water in Brazil as soon as possible. “We’ll shift our focus to training in Rio right after Weymouth World Cup, getting to know the venue better and working hard to ensure we perform our best at the Games this summer.” The Saunders team qualification brings the total count up to 8 Canadian sailors punching their ticket to Rio. Graeme and Jacob will be nominated to the Canadian Olympic Committee alongside teammates Tom Ramshaw (Finn) Brenda Bowskill (Laser Radial), Nikola Girke and Luke Ramsay (Nacra 17) and Erin Rafuse and Danielle Boyd (49erFX). The Canadian trials continue for the remaining Olympic hopefuls through until the end of Weymouth World Cup in Dorset, UK in early June. Prior to being named to the final Canadian Rio 2016 Team, all nominations are subject to approval by the Canadian Olympic Committee’s Team Selection Committee following its receipt of…
Tuesday, 24 May 2016 18:11

Laser Skills Weekend May 28-29

Calling all Laser & Radial Athletes and Coaches!Sail Nova Scotia will hold a Laser skills clinic May 27-29 for coaches and May 28-29 for athletes. The clinic will be held at the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron and be lead by Provincial Coach Lisa Ross.Registration is only $10. Full details and to register click here 
Huge congratulations to Erin Rafuse and Danielle Boyd who have been selected to represent Canada at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in the 49er FX class. In November they qualified the country and Sail Canada announced today that they will be the team! This marks the 4th consecutive Olympic Summer Games that NS has sent at least one sailor.
Sail Canada honored the best sailors of 2015 at an awards ceremony in Toronto on Friday evening and Nova Scotians tokk home 2 awards. Danielle Boyd & Erin Rafuse who sail in the 49er FX were recognized with the Female Athlete/Team of the Year for their ca,paign which was highlighted by qualifying Canada for the Rio Olympics in their class. Pat Wilson & Arie Moffat, from Kingston, Ontario but who sail with the RNSYS Race Team were named Male Youth Sailors of the Year for their success in the 420 class, highlighted by their participation at the 2015 World Youth Sailing Championships. The Rolex Sailor of the Year was Lee Parkhill who captured a bronze medal in the Laser Class at the 2015 Pan Am Games.