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Monday, 25 August 2014 00:00

10 Great Days of Sailing in NS Wrap Up

What a great 10 days! From Chester Race Week to the Opti Nationals, capped off by a thrilling Disabled Sailing World Championships, the province shone brightly not only the national sailing scene but around the world as well.Several competitors commented not just on the wonderful sailing conditions, but also on the hospitality shown to all.While the events stretched our volunteers and race committees, not to mention resources to the max, the province shown brightly. Many thanks to everyone for making the events such a tremendous success!
Monday, 25 August 2014 00:00

NS at Women's Keelboat Nationals

The team of Karen Fowler, Leanne Gillis, Sarah Crutcher, and Christina Scarfe competed in the middle of August at the annual National Women's Keelboat Championships and finished in 10th place in the 11 boat fleet. The regatta was held at the Pointe Claire Yacht Club in Montreal and sailed in Shark 24s, a boat the team was not used to. Skipper Karen Fowler said this about the team's experience at the regatta; "The experience was fabulous. PCYC was incredibly welcoming & accomModating. The RC did a stellar job banging off 3 races everyday. They had Shark racers on the water giving us trimming tips. It was a tight fleet by day 2. Such a good experience sailing one design with this calibre of sailors...raising our bar! Our training day saw +18kts with rain. Fri & sat were 8-14kts with sunny periods & Sunday was 15-20kts, big gusts & building all day, rain on & off. Everyone was glad to see a team from NS had made the effort to be there. I really think it is important to have at least one team from here attend yearly....would love to see 2 or 3 teams heading to this event." One of the legacies of hosting the 2013 event is Nova Scotia now has funding to support teams to travel to the Nationals every year. If you're interested, contact Sail Nova Scotia. Full regatta results can be found here
Nova Scotia sailors proved again this year that they are some of the best young sailors in the country.   At the Canadian Youth Sailing Championships which wrapped up today (August 14) in Kingston, Ontario Nova Scotia sailors posted 5 podium results.   Antonia Lewin-Lafrance was National Champion in the female radial class while in the Laser class Luke Ruitenberg from the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron won silver medal in the men's radial.   Henry Lockyer and Max Wood Westenberg, also from RNSYS were bronze medallists in the 29er class .   NS sailors also took 2 of three podium spots in the 420 class with Georgia Lewin-Lafrance & Kyla MacLennan as National Female Champions while Alyson Turner & Terra Carling-Lanteigne took home the silver medal. .   The team was coached by Agustin Ferrario at the regatta.   Full results can be found here
Thursday, 24 July 2014 00:00

The World Is Coming to Nova Scotia

Sailors from all over the world will converge on the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron August 19-24th for the High Liner Foods IFDS Worlds 2014. Registration closes August 1st and already it is clear this will be a highly competitive week of sailing, right on our doorstep. There will be three racing circles based on the Paralympic competition boats. They are the single-person 2.4mR sailboats, the two-person keelboat SKUD-18 and the three-person Sonars. Top competitors will pre-qualify for the 2016 Rio Paralympics at this regatta. The world champions crowned in Kinsale, Ireland last summer will all return to the competition to defend their titles. The 2.4mR class winner was Heiko Kroger from Germany. Alexandra Rickham and Niki Birrell from Great Britain hold the SKUD-18 championship, and the French team of Bruno Jourdren with crew Eric Flageul and Nicolas Vimont-Vicary are the Sonar champs to beat.Kroger was actually ranked 4thin by IFDS for the 2.4 mR in rankings issued in  January 2014. And he will face all three sailors ahead of him in the rankings in Halifax - #1 Helena Lucas (GBR), #2 Bjonar Erikstad (NOR) and #3 Megan Pascoe (GBR). Kroger placed first in the most recent ISAF Sailing World Cup event in Hyeres, France in April. The competition history is strong among this group. Lucas beat out Kroger for the gold medal at the 2012 Paralympics in London. The highest ranking Canadian competitor is Bruce Miller of British Columbia, who is #10 in the IFDS rankings. The winner of the Canadian disabled sailing championship, the Mobility Cup held at the RNSYS last August, will…
Opti Sailor Nick Gentleman from the Hubbards Sailing Club became the first visually impaired sailor to compete in a dinghy regatta in Nova Scotia.Nick, who suffers from a condition known as "feber" is 12 years old and has been sailing with his family for a number of years now. He first enrolled in sailing lessons when he was 8 but Bay Wind / Sail East was his first regatta experience. He competed in the Opti Green fleet and while there were challenges he admits it was a lot of fun'I couldn't see the race marks until I got close to them so I followed others and then when I saw the mark I went off on my own before picking up others again""When the regatta finished I was really proud of myself. I can't wait to get out there and do some more racing!"Next up for Nick is the Opti Provincial Championship to be held at his home club in September.After his year in the Opti he and his coach Jim Schwartz are looking at the 420 in 2015.
Three provincial sailing champions were crowned by Sail Nova Scotia on Sunday as part of the annual St. Margaret Sailing Club Bay Wind Regatta.  In the Laser class, Sandy Beatty from the Lunenburg Yacht Club captured the award over 8 other sailors.   In the Laser Radial division Corinne Peters from Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron beat more than 40 competitors to claim the title. In the Under 19 championship the duo of Terra Carling and Selby Turner, also from RNSYS won the provincial title over 39 other boats in the Club 420 class.   More than 180 sailors participated in the 3 day event.Full results here
Monday, 14 July 2014 00:00

ARK Regatta Hosts Martin 16 Fleet

For the first time ARK Regatta at Bedford Basin Yacht Club hosted a fleet of Martin 16s.Three sailors took part all from the Sail Able program based out of RNSYS.Capturing first place was Jason Everett, followed by Vicki Morton, and in 3rd place Debbie Morgan.With more and more clubs offering programming in Martin 16s the fleets at regattas should be growing soon.Full results from ARK Regatta can be found here. 
Congratulations to Cameron Shaw & Nicholas Yuill for capturing the Under 16 Provincial Sailing Championship at ARK Regatta in Bedford which wrapped up Sunday, July 13. Chris & Nicholas, from RNSYS, captured the title with an outstanding performance in the 420 class. The photo is them receiving their award from Provincial Sailing Coach Lisa Ross.Full ARK results are posted here.The next Provincial Championships will held at the St. Margaret's Bay Wind Regatta  July 18-20. The Laser, Radial, and U-18 crowns will be on the line then.
Wednesday, 02 July 2014 00:00

2014 Opti Circuit Announced

Sail Nova Scotia is pleased to offer a Optimist Class Provincial circuit for sailors in NS this summer. The circuit consists of two mandatory events, 1 of 3 Provincial Events and 1 of 3 regional events.For full details check out the circuit poster.
Tuesday, 17 June 2014 00:00

Opti Clinic June 20-22

The Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron together with COAST is offering an Opti Coach Clinic for all coaches and sailors this weekend at RNSYS. The Clinic is suitable for sailors of all abilities.