News Releases

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.
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.