News Releases

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.
Best of luck to the two Nova Scotia boats heading to Toronto this weekend to compete in the J-24 Pan Am Games trials.Juvenile Delinquent will be skippered by Ted Murphy and crewed by Hugh Layton, Lesley Taylor and Andre Simoes-Re. The other team will be on Lifted skippered by Evan Petley-Jones and crewed by John Whynacht, Ben Maloney and Peter Soosalu. Competition takes place May 16-18 as part of the Icrebreaker Regatta at the Toronto Sailing and Canoe Club.2 Nova Scotia sailors have already qualified for the Pan Am Games; the 49er FX team of Erin Rafuse and Danielle Boyd.
Friday, 13 February 2015 00:00

2015 Instructor Clinic Registration Now Open

Sail Nova Scotia is pleased to announce that dates and locations of the 2015 Sail Canada Instructor courses that we will offer this spring are now posted. As well, on-line registration is all set to go. Space is limited for each course and many will fill up early.To see the full schedule click the attachment at the bottom of this page.To register go here. Any questions please contact Frank at the Sail NS Office at 902-425-5450 ext 312 or by e-mail [email protected]  
It was a big night for sailing in Nova Scotia at the annual Sail Canada Rolex Awards which were held in Toronto on Friday, February 6.Warren Nethercote an International Sailing Judge from St. Margaret's Bay was named Volunteer of the Year while Matthew Morash from the Hubbards Sailing Club was named Instructor of the Year.Antonia Lewin-LaFrance from the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron won the Youth Female Athlete of the Year award.Paul Tingley and his crew of Logan Campbell and Scott Lutes were named Male Athletes of the Year for their 2nd place finish at the World Championships held in Halifax last year.The Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron won two awards at the event, Regatta of the Year for hosting the High Liner Disabled Sailing World Championships  in August and also the award for Sail Training Program of the Year.Pictured from left to right; Ed Steeves, Commodore of RNSYS, Paul Tingley and Warren Nethercote.  
At the Sail Nova Scotia Board meeting on Tuesday, January 13, the Board passed a motion to purchase a tow vehicle.The Board has not determined whether to purchase the vehicle outright or to finance it. The Board will decide that when discussing with the seller what the options are.The Sail Nova Scotia By-Laws state that "15-6 - The borrowing powers of the Association may be exercised by Special Resolution of the members."In order to discuss and vote on a Special Resolution a General Meeting must be held.Therefore the Sail Nova Scotia Board of Directors will hold a General Meeting to discuss and vote on exercising its borrowing powers to purchase a tow vehicle.The meeting will be held on Saturday, February 21, 2015 in the Prospect Room at Exhibition Park in Halifax and will coincide with the Halifax Boat Show. The meeting will begin at 1pm.Please contact the Sail Nova Scotia office to arrange for a free pass to attend the meeting and the Boat Show following.Should you have any questions about the Special Meeting please feel free to contact the Sail NS office at 902-425-5450 ext 312 or by e-mail [email protected] clubs, sailing schools, and class associations have been notified about the meeting by mail.
Sail Nova Scotia will once again run a Mobile Sailing School this summer introducing up to 5 communities and 100 youth sailors to the great sport of sailing. The program consists of a fully enclosed trailer with 6 Optis and a coach boat along with an Access Dinghy. We are currently looking for two instructors to lead the program.Travel, accommodations and meals are all covered for the 7 weeks that the program runs. If you're a CANSail certified sailing instructor or will be in June 2015 and want to know more about the positions see the job ad below or contact Frank at the Sail Nova Scotia office at [email protected] or 902-425-5450 ext 312.
Wednesday, 07 January 2015 00:00

Sail NS Legacy Fund Receives $25K Donation

Following the tremendous success of the 2014 IFDS World Championships held at the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron, Sail Nova Scotia received a donation of $25,000 from the event to go towards our Legacy Fund from the club. The Legacy Fund was created in 1994 in memory of Paul Thomson and supports Nova Scotia sailors who are very close to earning a spot on the Canadian Sailing Team. In 2014 Legacy Fund award recipients were Luke Ruitenberg and Max Flinn. More Legacy Fund information can be found here. Accepting the cheque from 2014 IFDS Organizing Chair Heather Robertson were Kathy Thomson (middle) and Janet MacMillan, sisters of Paul Thomson.
Saturday, 22 November 2014 00:00

Sail NS Holds Annual Awards

Before a packed house Sail Nova Scotia held its annual award ceremonies Friday night (November 21) at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic to recognize the best sailors in the province in 2014. Capturing the Sailor of the Year award was Paul Tingley, now a five time winner of the award. Paul and his teammates Scott Lutes and Logan Campbell won the silver medal at the International Federation of Disabled Sailing World Championships which were held in Halifax. Capturing the Male Sailor of the Year award was Nathan Reece who skippered his boat Climax to regatta wins at Chester Race Week, Prince of Wales, and the Convoy Cup. Winning the Female Sailor of the Year award was the 49er FX team of Erin Rafuse and Danielle Boyd who won the National Championships and were top North American boat at the Worlds. The Hal Davies Offshore Sailor of the Year award was presented to Scott MacLeod who won his division of the Route Halifax St. Pierre race and also chaired the organizing committee. The Brian Todd Youth Sailors of the Year were Nathan Dunn and Antonia Lewin-LaFrance. Antonia won the Canadian Youth National Sailing Championships in the Laser Radial Class while Nathan was 4th in the very competitive Laser class at Youths. Also recognized Friday evening were: Lesley Taylor – WOW! Pamela Lerch Cup Award Winner Matt Morash – Nova Trophy Community Coach of the Year Max Flinn & Luke Ruitenberg – Legacy Fund Winners Eric Purcell – Radial Circuit Champion…