News Releases

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.
Monday, 01 February 2016 15:08

NS Sailors Shine in Miami

Olympic qualification for Canada secured in Miami by NS sailors!Congratulations to Team Saunders for securing the Olympic berth for Canada and qualifying for the World Cup medal race, to be held tomorrow!! Good luck boys!Congratulations to Allie Surrette and Ali ten Hove for their 12th place finish, also securing a berth for Canada.The team of Paul Tingley, Scott Lutes and Logan Campbell won the Gold in the Sonar class!!! Congratulations!!Other NS highlights from Miami World Cup include Corinne Peters with a strong showing after just missing the cut for gold fleet, finishing up in 45th place and 3rd Canadian.In the 49er, Arthur and John Ferguson placed 52nd overall and Max Flinn and Cameron Sawyer finished 51st in their first 49er World Cup.Team Rafuse/Boyd placed 21st after an OCS in their last race. The 49ers and 49er FX's will be training and ramping up for their World Championships in Clearwater on Feb 9th.We would also like to congratulate Luke and Nikola for securing an Olympic spot for Canada in the Nacra class!Full results can be found here:http://www.sailing.org/worldcup/results/index.php…
Friday, 29 January 2016 14:34

Mobile Sailing School Instructors Wanted

Are you a Sail Canada sailing instructor looking for a unique and fun job this summer? Then the Sail Nova Scotia Mobile Sailing School is for you. We're looking for two energetic instructors who will deliver sailing instructor to kiids in communities across Nova Scotia. The program is a great success and been around for 7 years. In 2016 the program will have 6 brand new Optis.For all the details about the instructor positions, see below.
Thursday, 21 January 2016 13:31

Nova Scotia Sailors Win National Awards

Sail Canada has announced recipients of its 2015 National Sailing Awards and Nova Scotia sailors are part of that distiguished group. Dannielle Boyd and Erin Rafuse were named Female Athletes of the Year for their 49er FX campaign, while Paul Tingley and his Sonar team are up for Rolex Sailors of the Year.Arie Moffatt and Pat Wilson who are from Ontario, but sail out of RNSYS were named Male Youth Sailors of the Year. This marks the fourth consecutive year that sailors from RNSYS have been recognized with the Top Youth Sailor of the Year award. The awards will be handed out in a gala ceremony at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto on Friday, February 26.See the complete list of award winners and event details here.   
Tuesday, 19 January 2016 19:15

Rafuse & Boyd Capture 49er FX Midwinters

Huge congratulations to the team of Danielle Boyd and Erin Rafuse from RNSYS who finished in first place at the 49er FX Midwinters which wrapped up today in Florida. Full results herehttp://www.regattanetwork.com/event/11485#_newsroom+results
Thursday, 14 January 2016 17:00

13th Place at Youth Worlds for 420 Girls

Congratulations to Georgia Lewin-LaFrance and Terra Lanteigne from the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron who finished in 13th overall place at the ISAF Youth World Sailing Championships held in Malaysia in early January.Their result is the best ever in that class for Canada. The team leader for the event was Agustin Ferrario also from RNSYS. Full results can be found here http://www.isafyouthworlds.com/results/2015_langkawi_malaysia.php
Sail Nova Scotia celebrated a wonderful year on and off the water at its annual awards held Saturday in a ceremony at Citadel High School following the annual sailing conference. Capturing the Sailor of the Year award was Peter Wickwire who had a great year capturing just about every race he entered with his team including Chester Race Week and the US Match Racing Invitational Regatta. Winning the Female Sailor of the Year was the 49erFX team of Erin Rafuse and Danielle Boyd. Earlier on Saturday they qualified Canada to a berth at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Male Sailor of the Year went to Henry Demone whose year was highlighted by a 3rd place finish at the Sonar World Championships. Female Youth Sailors of the year were Georgia Lewin-LaFrance and Terra Lanteigne who won the 420 Youth Nationals and qualified to represent Canada at the 2015 Youth Worlds in December in Malaysia. Male Youth Sailor of the Year was Luke Ruitenberg who continues to be one of the top single-handed dinghy sailors in the province. Regatta of the Year went to Race the Cape and Official of the Year was Ray Cambria. Instructor of the Year was Max Page with Federico Lopez winning Coach of the Year. New this year was the President's award to recognize someone who has made an outstanding contribution to the sport over many years. This year's winner was Mike Archibald. Volunteer of the Year winner was Michael O'Connor who has contributed greatly to the Learn…