News Releases

Friday, 11 September 2015 12:49

Nominations Now Open for Sail NS Board

Sail Nova Scotia is seeking nominations for the Board of Directors.Sail Nova Scotia is an organization whose members are Yacht and Sailing Clubs, Class Associations and businesses involved in sail training. Directors will be elected for a two year term at the annual meeting in November. The position of treasurer is also open. The board of directors of Sail NS meets in Halifax but members may attend by teleconferencing.If you are interested in serving please contact the nomination committee at [email protected] for more information. Nominations must be received by October 5, 2015.
Georgia Lewin-LaFrance and Terra Lanteinge won the female 420 Canadian Youth Championship and finished 2nd overall in the 90 boat fleet. This likely qualifies them to represent Canada at the ISAF Youth World Championships in December in Malaysia.    They will be joined by RNSYS Teammates who who are from Ontario but train in NS, Pat Wilson and Ari Moffat. Pat and Ari won men's and overall title in he 90 boat fleet winning all of the 11 races they sailed!  Other notable finishes in the Canadian Youth National Championships were:  Club 420, 90 boats: Georgia Lewin-LaFrance and Terra Lanteinge, RNSYS, 2nd overall, 1st Female David Sapp and Julian Qu, RNSYS, 4th overall Liam Field and Laura Club 420, SMSC, 21st overall  29er, 18 boats:  Cameron Shaw and Henry Lockyer, RNSYS, 2nd place overall Radial Gold Fleet, 166 boats:  Lauren Sullivan, RNSYS, 29th Antonia Lewin-LaFrance, RNSYS, 32nd Will McInnes, LYC, 39th Laser, 22 boats Franco Fitzgerald, HYC 6th place Thomas Dauphinee, LYC 7th place  Gordon Stevens, RNSYS, 9th place    Full results can be found here
Best of luck to brothers Graeme and Jacob Chaplin-Saunders who are in Rio de Janeiro to take part in the Aquece Olympic Test Event in the 470 Class.The event runs from August 15 - 22 at the Marina de Gloria in Rio and will give Olympic Sailing Organizers a good idea of what needs to be accomplished in the next 12 months to make the sailing competition the best it can be at the Games.Jacob and Graeme are two of 7 Canadian athletes at the event along with a number of Sail Canada Coaches and staff. Read who else is representing Canada here. You can follow the regatta and see results when competition begins next week by going here.
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 13:18

Award Nominations Now Being Received

While we recognize there is still lots of sailing to come before the end of September, we want to remind you that Sail NS is now receiving nominations for our year-end awards to be presented Saturday, November 21 at Citadel High School in Halifax.Results between October 1, 2014 and September 30, 2015 will be considered.Categories include: Sailor of the Year, Male & Female Sailor of the Year, Youth, Offshore, Volunteer, Coach, Regatta, Official, and Instructor of the Year. As well, the Pamela Lerch Cup will also be awarded.To submit a nomination, just send a note to the Sail NS office with the reasons you are nominating the individual. Please include as much detail as you can.The Nomination period will close September 30.
Wednesday, 08 July 2015 15:53

Three NS Race Officials at Pan Am Games

Sail Nova Scotia is proud to say that there are three NS Race Officials who will be taking part at the Pan Am Games that start next week in TorontoRob Williams from Halifax is the Principal Race Officer for the regatta and Shelley Vaughan from the valley and Dan Conrod also from Halifax will be part of his team.Racing takes place at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club and will feature the following classes: Laser, Radial, 49er FX, J-24, Snipe, Sunfish, RSX, Hobie 16, and Lightning. To read about the Canadian Team at the Games go here.
Five Nova Scotian optimist dinghy sailors will represent Canada at three international events this summer.  These sailors have been training since June 24 in St. Margaret’s Bay with former 1988 Olympic Finn Sailor Gordie Anderson and 2012 Olympic Laser Sailor Danielle Dube. The training will continue over the summer preparing the sailors for local regattas in Bedford and St. Margaret’s Bay, as well as the big international competitions.  The Canadian Optimist Dinghy Association (CODA) qualified the following sailors for International Optimist Dinghy Association (IODA)  events based upon their results in the 2014 Canadian Optimist Dinghy Championships held in Lunenburg last August: 2015 North American Championships;  English Harbour, Antigua; July 5 - 12 •Jack Groves – 13 yrs, Hubbards Sailing Club   2015 European Optimist Championships Pwllheli, Wales, UK; July 17 – 24 •Evan Burns – 15 yrs, Lunenburg Yacht Club •Noah Dempster – 15 yrs, Lunenburg Yacht Club   2015 World Optimist Championships Dziwnow, Poland; August 25 - September 5 •Ryan Anderson – 13 yrs, Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron (RNSYS) •Ben Ruitenberg – 13 yrs, RNSYS    “These international events are like the Little League World Series of sailboat racing with hundreds of athletes from dozens of countries,” camp organizer and coach Anderson says, “We want to take advantage of the terrific sailing conditions in St. Margaret’s Bay: The wind, waves and current are challenging -- that really helps prepare sailors for whatever conditions they may encounter,” he adds. “I feel privileged to work with such a high calibre…
Saturday, 27 June 2015 18:59

Garrison Cup 2015 RESULTS

On a wonderful early summer Saturday with sunny skies and 20 degree temperatures, more than 40 boats and 285 sailors took part in the 2015 edition of the Garrison Cup Harbour Race.Preliminary results are posted below. If your boat does not have a finish place it is because the sail number taken at registration did not match with one written by the race officials at the finish line.Winners will be recognized at the Sail Nova Scotia annual awards set for Saturday, November 21.Special thanks to Daniel Conrod, Luke Porter, Andre Corkum, John Dobbs, and Clarence Verstege for helping make the event run so smoothly.
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 11:22

Sail NS Seeks Development Coach

Sail Nova Scotia is now receiving applications for the Development Coach position which will be for 22 days in July and August.The Coach will work closely with Provincial Coach Lisa Ross in the areas of: coach mentorship, athlete identification and skill development clinics.The deadline to apply is Monday, June 15. Details can be found in the attachment below.
Friday, 29 May 2015 12:30

Dawn Riley To Keynote ASC 2015

Sail Nova Scotia is very excited to announce that Dawn Riley will be our keynote speaker at our 2nd Annual Alantic Sailing Conference.Dawn is a pioneer in the sport having led a number of America's Cup Teams and Whitbread Around the World Teams.She will speak at our conference and lead some breakout sessions on Saturday, November 21 at Citadel High School.The full schedule and registration details will be posted in September.
This is the first level in the Cruising Instructor Program. Successful candidates are able to certify the Basic Cruising Standard and Introduction to Boating (sail) as well as conduct examinations for the Pleasure Craft Operator Card. On clinic completion, successful candidates may apply to Sail Canada for authorization to conduct training and examine for the VHF ROC(M). The focus of this training is how to plan and present lessons and evaluate students both in a classroom setting and using a keelboat as a key teaching aid.Registration is open here until May 31 and then on a "as space permits" basis.All the details can be found on the attachment below.