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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…
Congratulations to the Saint Mary's University Sailing Team, winners of the 2014 Canadian Student Yachting World Cup Qualifier this past weekend at RNSYS. Teams from nine universities and colleges across Canada came to Halifax to compete for the right to represent Canada at the SYWoC event in France next fall. Congratulations to the defending champion Dalhousie Sailing Team for hosting a great event.   Results can be found here: http://rnsys.com/sailing/race-results/doc_view/454-canadian-sywoc-qualifier.html   In the photo, SMU Team members from left to right are:   Jonathan Ladha, Brendan Smith, Miah Acebedo, Lesley Taylor, Hugh Layton 
We’ve heard from our membership including Club volunteers, parents, coaches and sailors that they’re interested in hearing how to drive more members, improve programming and enhance your sailing experience. With that in mind Sail Nova Scotia has put together an excellent Atlantic Sailing Conference to be held on Saturday, November 22 at Citadel High School in Halifax. Our key note speaker is Nicholas Hayes, author of Saving Sailing which explores the decline of sailing participation in the US and offers original and thought provoking ideas to grow the sport. You'll get a chance to participate in several sessions and network with fellow sailors who are active volunteers, sailing coaches, parents, instructors, etc. from across Atlantic Canada. The conference poster below has the complete schedule. The conference fee is $25 for adults and $15 for students. Fees include lunch. To register simply visit our website here. Looking forward to seeing you at the event.
Sail Nova Scotia will hold its Annual General Meeting on Friday, November 21 at 6pm at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax.At the AGM there will be discussion and a vote on the 2015-2020 Sail Nova Scotia Strategic Plan. You can find the plan here.Meeting materials will be uploaded here when available and no later than 3 days before the meeting. Hard copies will be available at the meeting.