News Releases

Thursday, 21 December 2017 23:57

Novi Sailors in Sydney-Hobart Race

While most Nova Scotian sailors are settling in for Christmas, 6 are preparing for the Sydney - Hobart Race aboard Triple Lindy. Sailing are L-R Sean McDermott, Rory MacDonald, Sandy MacMillan, John MacKay, Rob Trainor, & Will MacKay. (usual crew member Patrick LaRoche is at home with family). They are sailing on Triple Lindy a Cookson 50. Follow the boat throughout the race on Twitter @3lindyoffshore and at triple-lindy.comHere is what the crew was up to todayThis is the 14th day of practice for some of the crew. We head out tonight for an overnight 24 hour practice. The boat, an all-carbon Cookson 50 footer is a real machine. We hit 21 knots in a 25 knot gust, very cool. The race starts near 13:00 on Boxing Day, or Christmas evening in Nova Scotia near 21:00. It is live-streamed to more than a million viewers online. There are over 2,500 spectator boats which makes for a bit of a zoo. Cheers and Merry Xmas - Sean
Monday, 20 November 2017 14:50

2017 Sail Nova Scotia Award Winners

Sail Nova Scotia hosted its annual awards at the new Halifax Central Library on Friday, November 17. More than 150 attended to salute great volunteers, coaches and athletes who had great success on the water in 2017. And the winners were...President`s Award: Ron WhynachtSailor of the Year: Rob GaleFemale Sailor of the Year: Lesley TaylorMale Sailors of the Year: Cameron Shaw & Justin TimminsFemale Youth Sailors of the Year: Georgia Lewin-LaFrance & Madeline GillisMale Youth Sailor of the Year: Jack GoganRace Official of the Year: Dan ConrodVolunteer of the Year: Pat NelderOffshore Sailors of the Year: Sean McDermott, Rob Trainor, Rory MacDonald, Patrick LaRoche & John MacKayRegatta of the Year: Opti Canadians hosted by RNSYSCoach of the Year: Florencia SiccardiInstructor of the Year: Adrienne O`ConnorWomen on Water Award: Kathryn JosenhansLegacy Fund Award: Gordon Stevens
Friday, 03 November 2017 17:14

Sail NS Awards Set For November 17

Join us and fellow sailors as we celebrate a wonderful year of sailing in Nova Scotia with our annual Sail Nova Scotia Awards. The awards are free for all to attend and take place on Friday, November 17 beginning at 7pm in the Paul O'Regan theatre at the Halifax Central Library. Light refreshments will be served.Come and hear who our Sailor of the Year is and who will win the President's Award for lifelong dedication to the sport of sailing. If you follow sailing in NS you will certainly know this guy.Look forward to seeing you on the 17th!
Thursday, 21 September 2017 12:42

Tingley Celebration Set for October 16

Monday, October 16 will be a very special day as we celebrate one of the greatest Nova Scotia sailors, the one and only Mr. Paul Tingley. Paul has sailed competitively for more than 20 years and has won a world championship and three Paralympic medals. The evening reception at the Maritime Museum will feature a cash bar and hors d'oeuvres. Tickets are $75 each and can be purchased through the Sail NS office or on line here event poster can be found below.
Saturday, 05 August 2017 23:43

A Great Weekend of Racing at Metro Regatta

Sail Nova Scotia presented Metro Regatta this Natal Day weekend. 2 days of great racing on the Halifax Waterfront for 15 boats and their crews. Many said it was some of the best two days of racing they had in a long time Capturing the A-Fleet was Yard Sail skippered by Roby Douglas. Dan Pride and Highlander won the B-Class while Hummin with Bill Haliburton skippering won C-Class.At the awards ceremony we unveiled the Colin MacLean Cup in honour of the former President of Waterfront Development. The award will be engraved with each of the three winners.At left is a photo of the three class winners, Dan Pride (left) Bill Haliburton Centre and Roby Douglas. Thank you to the Maritime Museum for hosting the after race fun on the weekend and to Waterfront Development for their continued support. Full results can be found below.
Saturday, 05 August 2017 11:54

NS Sailors Win Three Medals at Canada Games

Nova Scotia sailors wrapped up a very successful Canada Games in Gimli, MB on Friday by winning three medals in the 5 classes. Cameron Shaw and Justin Timmins won GOLD in the Mens 29er event while Lauren Sullivan won silver in the Radial competition. Siobhan MacDonald, at her second Canada Games won a bronze medal in the 2.4mR event. Finishing in 4th place in the Laser event was Spencer Dalzell while Emily Roy and Sophie Carter were 5th in the Female 29er. The team was coached by Lisa Ross and Max Flinn. Photo Credit: Lenn Wagg, Communications Nova Scotia.
Wednesday, 02 August 2017 22:09

Will McInnes Wins U19 Provincial Championship

Congratulations to Will McInnes from the Chester Yacht Club for capturing the Nova Scotia Under-19 Provincial Sailing Championship today at Sail Fest hosted by Lunenburg Yacht Club.Will won the championships by virtue of his first place finish in the very competitive Laser Radial Fleet. More than 100 sailors took part in the 2 day regatta. Classes represented were the Opti, Radial, Laser and 420.Some great regatta pictures can be found here.    
Ryan Anderson (left) and Kevin Weirsma captured 2017 Laser Provincial titles on the weekend at the St. Magaret Sailing Club Bay Wind Regatta. Anderson won the Radial Championship beating 29 other sailors by scoring 3 bullets in the 10 race regatta. Anderson sails out of the RNSYS and has been selected to represent Canada at the Youth World Sailing Championships this December in China. Weirsma who sails out of the Royal Hamilton Yacht Club in Ontario, but lives in Halifax and sails with the NSST beat 11 other boats to win his first provincial title.The next Provincial Championship to be decide is the U-19 which will be contested at Sail Fest in Lunenburg in early August.Full Bay Wind Results can be found here. 
Thursday, 06 July 2017 13:33

Canada Games Sailing Team Announced

Sail Nova Scotia is excited to announce the members of the Canada Games Sailing Team that will represent the province at the Canada Games at the end of July in Gimli Manitoba.   Leading the team will be veteran Canada Games athlete Siobhan MacDonald from Mabou who sails in the paralympic 2.4mR class. These are Siobhan's secong Games. In 2013 she finished in 4th position.   In the Laser Class Spencer Dalzell from the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron will sail while Lauren Sullivan also from RNSYS will compete in the Laser Radial Class. These are the second Canada Games for Lauren who previously represented the province at the Winter Games in Synchronized swimming.   The 29er class which is a double-handed class (ie two person boat) will see two teams competing. In the female division Sophie Carter from the Waegwoltic Club and Emily Roy from RNSYS will team up while in the male division Cameron Shaw from RNSYS and Justin Timmins from Bedford Basin Yacht Club will race for Nova Scotia.   While the Games are centered ariound Winnipeg the sailing competition will be held in Gimli on Lake Winnipeg. Racing takes place from July 30 - August 4.   The team is coached by 2 time Olympian Lisa Ross from Lunenburg and Team Manager is Max Flinn from Chester.   Driving the boats to the Games are Chris Shaw and Mark Surrette.    
Thursday, 29 June 2017 11:57

Northern YC Hosts Disability Module

On June 18, 2017, Dee Osmond and Kevin Penny of Sail Able NS were invited to the Northern Yacht Club in North Sydney to facilitate the Coaching Athletes with a Disability Module (CAWAD). This module developed by Sail Canada gives an overview of working with persons with disabilities in a sailing setting. The morning provided some theory based group discussion about disability with the afternoon being a bit more hands-on. Instructors learned how to safely transfer sailors in and out of boats, were trained in the use of assistive technology available to disabled sailors, and got to see it in action as Kevin took each of them for a short sail in beautiful North Sydney Harbour. The instructors also had a chance to sail the Freedom Independence boat used in their Sail Able program this summer!   A big thanks to the Northern Yacht Club for their hospitality and hope they have a successful Sail Able Program this summer. For more information about the module you can contact Dee Osmond at [email protected] or by telephone at 902-818-1898.