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Friday, 23 August 2013 14:10

Mobility Cup Gets Underway in Halifax

The High Liner Mobility Cup 2013 will be held at the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron August 27-30th. This annual Canadian regatta brings together competitive sailors with disabilities from across the country. Forty two sailors plus companions and coaches from Sail Able programs across Canada are heading to Halifax for the regatta. Kevin Penny of the Sail Able Association of Nova Scotia will be competing and is working on the organizing committee. “The Mobility Cup is one of the most exciting events for persons with disabilities. It's a chance to sail in a one-design fleet against sailors with various disabilities. Not only will you have a great time sailing, you will also meet people who will become lifelong friends.” Penny, who lives in Halifax, has competed in previous Mobility Cup events in Vancouver, Dartmouth, Toronto and Hamilton. In 2006, he was given the Darren Tucker Award which recognizes the degree of tenacity and determination shown by a sailor.“It’s going to be a fantastic event,” according to the chair of Mobility Cup 2013, Michael Archibald. He has big hopes for great weather. “Halifax Harbour sailing conditions in late August can be second to none with brisk south westerly sea breezes that will provide excellent racing.”Archibald’s committee is working on the final details of the event which will feature competition for a silver and gold fleet each day. Also included: a symposium for the AbleSail Network on Sunday, and the organization’s annual meeting on Wednesday. Social events and a banquet will take…
Thursday, 22 August 2013 11:26

CORK OCR Wraps Up

Results are in for CORK OCR Regatta! It was a very tough week with 15 races in the Laser and Radial classes and 16 Races, plus 3 medal races in the 49er and 49er FX! The first two days of racing were light and shifty with some good Kingston breeze filling in for the final 3 days of the regatta. Our Nova Scotia sailors had a great week sailing with the best in Canada and pushing through the long hours on the water - by far the most gruelling event of the summer. Well done!!! 49er FX: ...Erin Rafuse and Danielle Boyd, 2nd PlaceLaser Radial: Corrinne Peters, 13th PlaceLaser Standard: Fraser Wells, 14th PlaceHenry Machum, 20th PlaceBryant Wood, 22nd PlaceAlex Burke, 26th PlaceJack Bignell, 28th PlaceFull results can be found here http://www.cork.org/2013-results/
Friday, 09 August 2013 14:01

Sailors Win Two Medals at Canada Games

The Sailing competition wrapped up Thursday at the Canada Games in Sherbrooke, Quebec and Nova Scotia came out with two medals. Corinne Peters won silver in the Laser Radial, while Devan Dube and Greg Simms won bronze in the 29er fleet. Siobhan MacDonald posted a fourth place finish in the 2.4mR fleet, Amy Minnikin & Krista Grunsky were 5th in the women's 29er and Henry Machum was 6th in the Laser Class. Full results can be found here
Wednesday, 31 July 2013 13:43

Dube & Simms National 29er Champions

In their final tune-up regatta prior to the Canada Summer Games, Devan Dube and Greg Simms, from the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron captured the 29er Canadian Championships held at Kingston Yacht Club. The team posted two first place finished in the 8 race regatta. Finishing in 3rd place were Emily Merry and Max Flinn also from RNSYS. Top Nova Scotia female boat, also from RNSYS was Krista Grunsky and Amy Minnikin in 13th place. Grunsky and Minnikin are also representing Nova Scotia at next week's Canada Games in Sherbrooke. Full results can be found here http://old.kingstonyachtclub.com/racing/results/2013/regatta/Canadian%2029er%20Championship%202013.htm
Monday, 22 July 2013 12:39

Provincial Sailing Coach Position

The NSYA is seeking a Provincial Sailing Coach to begin in November 2013The position mandate is to "to enable Nova Scotia sailors to achieve podium finishes at all levels, and ultimately to achieve podium results as a member of the Canadian Sailing Team." The application deadline is Thursday, September 5, 2013. To see the position posting, Please click here
The NSYA handed out Provincial Laser Championship trophies on Sunday at the conclusion of Bay Wind Regatta held in St. Margaret's Bay.Alex Palmeter captured the Laser award for the second year in a row while Luke Ruitenberg captured his first provincial Laser Radial championships. Bots sailors sail out of the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron.Read the full Chronicle Herald story here
WOW! Women On Water! has established bursaries to encourage women’s health and well-being through the sport of sailing in Nova Scotia. The sailing opportunities will take place aboard the schooner Sorca, Nova Scotia’s Small Tall Ship, built by Murray Stevens. “The purpose behind WOW! Women on Water, which was founded in 2007 in memory of Pamela Lerch who passed away from breast cancer that same year, is to encourage women of all ages and abilities to take up the sport of sailing,” said founder Jacquie Gahagam. “As a health promotion strategy, WOW! Women on Water offers sailing bursaries and the Pamela Lerch Cup each year to promote and recognize women’s potential as mentors in sailing – from the purely recreational level through to the Olympic hopeful level.” Schooner Sorca offers hands on, experiential learning which begins with the basics of “what makes us sail and how do we do it” perspective. The vessel is sailed by an experienced team of volunteer crew members who work together in a learning environment. “Operating and maintaining a classic wooden vessel takes a lot of time, energy and passion, but it is absolutely a labour of love, and we are always looking for folks who feel the same way”, said Anne-Louise Dauphinee of Think Sail Inc. “We have a great group of volunteers who do everything from scraping and varnishing to helping us move the vessel from one port to the next, but we can always use more hands. Working with WOW! Women on…
The 2013 Steele Subaru Bay Wind Regatta, hosted by St. Margaret Sailing Club on July 18-22, 2013, has expanded significantly this year to welcome over 200 competitors for an international and national competition. More than 150 boats are expected to brave the steady winds and open waters of the four-day event in St. Margaret’s Bay. “St. Margaret Sailing Club is no stranger to large scale regattas having hosted many national and world championships,” says Jane Filbee, Bay Wind Regatta Chair. “We have an international reputation for hosting major events and have built a solid volunteer base helping our club gain recognition in the sailing community. I’m pleased to be a part of a group that shares a passion for sailing. We’re really looking forward to holding another exciting regatta in the Bay.” The events include C420 North American Championships, Laser and Radial Canadian Championships, Sail Canada Sail East Championships, Sail Canada Under 17 Eastern Championships and the Nova Scotia Laser and Radial Provincial Regatta. The C420 North American Championships will be leg two of the new C420 Triple Crown. “St. Margaret Sailing Club is the perfect host for the second jewel in our Triple Crown, the 2013 North American’s” says John Vandemoer, Executive Director of Club 420 Association. “Their sea breeze and open water sailing will test any Club 420’s boat speed, this regatta and the venue are not to be missed.” Steele Subaru Bay Wind takes place in Glen Haven, Nova Scotia with competitors coming from all over North…
Tuesday, 16 July 2013 18:23

4 NS Sailors Competing at Youth Worlds

Best of luck to the four Nova Scotia sailors competing at the 2013 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships taking place in Cyprus from July 13 -20.Jake Megaffin and Alex Sapp will be competing the in Boys I420 class while Allie Surrette (RNSYS) and partner Ali ten Hove (Ontario) will be in the female I420 class. Corinne Peters (RNSYS) is competing in the Radial Class.The team is being led by coaches Lisa Ross and Agustin Ferrario, both from Nova Scotia. Follow the results here.
Monday, 15 July 2013 12:48

Meet the Canada Games Sailing Team

The Nova Scotia Yachting Association has selected its team to represent the province at the 2013 Canada Summer Games. Leading the team will be two time Olympian Lisa Ross as head coach, supported by 4 time Paralympian Paul Tingley. Representing the province on the water will be; Henry Machum, Laser Class from HalifaxCorinne Peters, Radial Class from HalifaxSiobhan MacDonald, 2.4mR Class, Mabou Amy Minnikin & Krista Grunsky, 29er Class, HalifaxDevan Dube & Greg Simms, 29er Class, HalifaxTeam Manager: Jonathan Reid, HalifaxWomen in Coaching Apprentice Coach: Lesley Taylor, Windsor In 2009 the sailing team won 1 gold and three silvers in the 4 events. The 2013 Canada Games will be held in Sherbrooke, Quebec. The sailing event takes place from Sunday, August 4 thru Thursday, August 8.