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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.
Saturday, 10 June 2017 20:33

Boxing Rock Cup 2017 = PERFECTION

The 2017 Boxing Rock Cup was sailed in Halifax Harbour today under perfect, no I mean PERFECT conditions! Sunshine, nice winds, and lots of heat made for a great event for the nearly 40 boats and 200+ sailors.Winning the BBYC start was Donnie Walker on Dark Water finishing at 2:12:42, In second place and top female boat was Karen Fowler on Cheap Thrill finishing at 2:13:08, 26 seconds behind.Sunnyvale with Peter Wickwire at the helm won the RNSYS start finishing at 2:28:11. In second place was Chris Veinot and Hype Wave only 2 seconds behind!Full Results are now posted. See attachment below.Special thanks to Boxing Rock Brewing Company for all the great support this year.Thanks everyone for participating
Wednesday, 10 May 2017 15:32

Metro Regatta Set For Natal Day Weekend

Sail Nova Scotia is excited to host Metro Regatta once again on the Halifax Waterfront over the Natal Day weekend, August 5-6. Hosted by Waterfront Development and the Maritime Museum, Racing will be run by the Race Management team at RNSYS. Participants will be provided free overnight docking on the waterfront, great swag bags and an invitation to the after-race party hosted by the Museum. Stay tuned for all the details. While the NOR is still being put together, registration is now open. Go here to register the details will be posted on our website when ready. 
Sail NS is excited to announce that we will be celebrating 10 years of the very successful WOW! Women on Water program with a afternoon celebration on Saturday, April 22 from 3-5pm at Armdale Yacht Club in Halifax. Hear about the exciting programs and events for female sailors this year and also learn more about the bursary program and the Pamela Lerch Cup. On top of that we'll have some draw prizes and complimentary snacks. Free to attend and all are welcome. Good times guranteed! RSVP to the Sail NS office if you're planning to attend. Click here for more information.
Sail Nova Scotia is pleased to announce that we will once again be hosting Sail Canada Race Officials courses in Halifax this spring. First off will be a Mark Laying course set for Friday, April 28 from 6-10pm at the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron from 6-10pm. Then on Saturday and Sunday the 29th and 30th of April we'll offer the Club Race Officer certification level which includes the Assistant Race Officer level. The Course Conductor will be Peter van Muyden, an international Race Official from Edmonton who has been a PRO at a number of Nova Scotia events. Below you can find a poster for the training and to register go here
Monday, 06 February 2017 15:59

NS Sailors Recognized at Sail Canada Awards

Big Congratulations to all the NS winners who were recognized at the Sail Canada awards Saturday night in Toronto. Bedford Basin Yacht Club, represented by Kate Pepler, for Learn to Sail program of the Year. Georgia Lewin-LaFrance named Youth Sailor of the Year. Peter Wickwire, finalist for Rolex Sailor of the Year Stuart McCrea awarded the Gerry Rouffs Offshore Sailor of the Year. Paul Tingley & Scott Lutes, Male Sailors of the Year. Sail NS was represented by Provincial Coach Lisa Ross.
The 2016 sailing season came to a close in Nova Scotia on Saturday as we honored the best sailors and volunteers from across the province at our annual awards ceremony.Held at the Maritime Museum of the Artlantic the event atrracted more than 120 guests. A presentation by our 2016 Olympians and Paralympians was a great start to the evening as they talked about their experiences at the Games'. For a full list of winners, please see below. President's Award - Denis Astephen, Northern Yacht ClubSailors of the Year - Paul Tingley & Scott LutesFemale Sailors of the Year - Erin Rafuse & Dannie BoydMale Sailors of the Year - Jacob & Graeme Chaplin SaundersFemale Youth Sailors of the Year - Lauren Sullivan, Georgia Lewin-LaFranceMale Youth Sailor of the Year - Jack GoganOffshore Sailor of the Year - Stu McCrea (pictured with Steve Davies)Official of the Year - Brian ToddRegatta of the year - Chester Race WeekCoach of the Year - Lisa RossInstructor of the Year - Kate Pepler, Bedford Basin Yacht ClubWOW! Award Winner - Elizabeth Jardine, Petpeswick Yacht ClubVolunteer of the Year - Bryan MacDougall, Ben Eoin Yacht Club Winning the Legacy Fund award in 2016 were Max Flinn and Cameron Sawyer.  
On a chilly fall morning on the 29th of October, 22 sailors arrived at the Shelburne Harbour Yacht Club and Shelburne Sailing Academy.  Many didn’t know what to expect, only that they were promised a full day of great tactical action on the water in a fleet of boats that were unfamiliar to many. The Shelburne Sailing Academy, forming part of the Shelburne Harbour Yacht Club maintains a small fleet of Albacore ( racing dinghies.  These versatile boats serve to introduce both youth and adults to the sport of sailing, and are challenging enough to keep sailors active well into their senior years. Granted, this particular motley collection of Albacores have all seen better days, but they were perfect for the task at hand:  to provide a bunch of enthusiastic sailors the equipment and venue for a day of head-to-head, no holds barred team racing. Team racing differs from standard fleet racing in that there are a few key rules that change the field of play drastically.  The most important change in the rules is that “proper course” no longer applies in many cases.  This changes the dynamic drastically at events like reaches and mark roundings.  A pair of competitors in one boat may decide not to round that mark but carry on sailing while holding an opposing boat which has to “give way” to the first boat.  Or on reaching legs a boat may luff up an opposing boat right until head-to-wind to allow another boat on the same…
Thursday, 06 October 2016 17:13

Applications Now Being Received for 2017 NSST

Sail Nova Scotia is now receiving applications from athletes interested in a spot on the 2017 Nova Scotia Sailing Team. The team is made up of Senior athletes and Prospect team athletes. The application form can be found below along with a calendar to complete. The application deadline is October 17. For more information contact Lisa Ross, Provincial Coach at [email protected]  
Tuesday, 04 October 2016 12:41

Shelburne to Host Team Racing Weekend

Get set for a great weekend of Team Racing in Albacores in Shelburne.Team Racing is a fantastic way to keep sailing into the fall.  It's a great way to improve your sailing and boat handling skills, and an awesome way to build camaraderie and get your competitive spirit going in a fun filled day of dinghy racing.The format is three boats against three boats using the Shelburne Sailing Academy owned Albacore fleet.9 boats will be rigged, so that two teams are always racing against each other with a third team either coming ashore or "on deck" awaiting the next race.Teams will be selected during the morning briefing.  You don't need to have a team to come to this event.  Come as you are (and dress appropriately.)The schedule will be as follows:08:00 - 08:45  Meet and greet, coffee muffins in the Shelburne Sailing Academy classroom08:45 - 09:15 Briefing, strategy talk, explanation of the day's events and team selection.09:30 - 10:00 rig boats and launch10:15 - 16:00 team racing - rotating teams16:00 - 17:30 de-rig, de-brief in the main clubhouse, cash bar and Boxing Rock beer.18:00 - 20:00 grilled steak dinner (and more beer)We'll crown the winning team during the dinner.The cost for entry is $45, and all proceeds will go to the support of the Shelburne Sailing Academy and Learn to Sail program.Registration is now open at For more information contact Henry Pedro [email protected]