News Releases

Tuesday, 07 January 2014 00:00

Boats Needed for IFDS Worlds 2014

Organizers for the World championships for disabled sailing which will take place at the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron next August are looking for some boats in addition to many volunteers in various roles. The RNSYS is home club of Paul Tingley, Gold medal winner at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics. An organizing committee headed by former club commodore Heather Robertson has already been working for months to prepare for the 200+ IFDS sailors who will come to Nova Scotia from more than 30 countries. Among the organizers are Nova Scotians Brian Todd, an executive member of the IFDS board and Rob Williams, an international race officer. An immediate need to find enough inflatable boats has been identified by committee member Chris Shaw. He is marshalling all the on-water assets and is looking for any 14’ or larger inflatable boats that could be made available to the regatta from August 15th to 24th, 2014. If you have a boat that might be suitable for use, please email either Chris Shaw [email protected] or his fellow committee member Stephen Dauphinee [email protected] The racing schedule for the IFDS Worlds is set to run Aug. 18-24th. The Notice of Race is already posted on the event’s website . When registration opens, Nova Scotians who want to volunteer are encouraged to register through the website. Racing will take place in 2.4 mR, Skud 18s and Sonars.   Many sailors are expected to arrive earlier to train and take part in preliminary competitions. The Skud 18 North Americans…
Sail Nova Scotia is now accepting applications for our 2 Mobile Instructor positions to run our one week program in communities across Nova Scotia. Instructors will be provided a vehicle and all living expenses will be covered. Host communities are responsible for towing the sailing school trailer with all the equipment. Full details about the Mobile School can be found here. The job ad for the positions can be found here http://www.sailnovascotia.ca/291-2014-mobile-ad/file For further information please contact Frank Denis at the Sail Nova Scotia office [email protected]
Thursday, 28 November 2013 13:39

Cuts in St. Peters Canal Hours Affects Boaters

In early 2013 Parks Canada announced significant reductions in the operating hours of the St. Peter's Canal, a very important link for boaters to access the Bras d'Or Lake. Despite various marketing campaigns and events which encouraged boaters to sail on Bras d'Or Lake, the cuts went ahead significantly disrupting access. The Wallace MacAskill Yacht Club in St. Peters, an NSYA member, is leading the campaign to have the decision reversed.At the Commodores meeting last Saturday they presented and Clubs agreed to support the campaign by contacting the Federal Minister of the Environment whose department oversees Park Canada. If you would like to lend your support, please contact Gordon Kerr for more information and details.
Sunday, 24 November 2013 00:54

NSYA Holds Annual Awards

The Nova Scotia Yachting Association held its annual awards ceremony on Saturday, November 23 to recognize the best in the sport of sailing in 2013. Sailor of the Year was shared by Warren Nethercote a sailing judge and Rob Williams, a race official who have volunteered their time at a number of events around the world over the past 30 years. Offshore Sailor of the year went to Mary Ridgewell a long time safety officer when it comes to offshiore sailing. Female Sailor of the Year was Corinne Peters who continues to be one of the best Laser Radial Sailors in the country. She won a silver medal at the 2013 Canada Summer Games. Male Sailor of the Year went to Greg Simms and Devan Dube who won the Canadian 29er Championships this year and also a Canada Games bronze medal. Youth Sailors of the Year were Allie Surrette, Ali ten Hove, Jake Megaffin, Alex Sapp, and Luke Ruitenberg 5 of the best young sailors in the country. Legacy Fund Award winner was Corinne Peters. The Nova Trophy Community Coach Award went to Graham Mann from the Sail All program. The WOW! Women On Water Award went to Karen Fowler from the Bedford Basin Yacht Club. Recognized for winning the 420 Nova Scotia Circuit Championship were Emmett Hall-Hoffarth & Paul Braha. Recognized for winning the Laser Radial Circuit Championship was Spencer Dalzell. Merit awards were handed out to 13 youth sailors from across the province. Cameron ShawRyan AndersonSiobhan MacDonaldRiley MorashMorgan…
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 13:13

NSYA AGM to Consider Name Change

At the NSYA Annual General Meeting scheduled for Saturday, November 23 at 12 noon at the Saraguay House (360 Purcell's Cover Road, Halifax) a Special Resolution is on the Agenda.The resolution proposes to change the name of the association to Sail Nova Scotia Association.For the resolution to pass it must be done so by at least "three fourths of such members entitled to vote as are present at a general meeting of which notice specifying the intention to propose the resolution has been duly given."
Friday, 18 October 2013 12:05

NSYA AGM Set for November 23

The NSYA is in the final planning stages for the 2013 Annual General Meeting which will be held at 12 noon on Saturday, November 23 at the Saraguay House of the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron, 360 Purcell's Cove Road in Halifax.The AGM will be preceeded by divisional meetings and followed by the awards luncheon. You can find a schedule of the day's events on this page. We will also be populating that page with other materials such as the Nominating Committee report and Annual Report when they become available.Looking forward to seeing you on November 23. 
Thursday, 17 October 2013 17:40

Ruitenberg 2nd at Mid-Atlantics

Luke Ruitenberg from RNSYS finished in 2nd place to lead Nova Scotia athletes at the 2013 Mid Atlantic championships held last weekend in Bellport, New York. Luke competed in the Radial class and was followed in 8th place by Spencer Dalzell. 17 competitors were in the Radial class. In the 420 Class the due of Alex Sapp and Jake Megaffin were best NS boat finishing in 5th place of 46 boats. In 41st place was the team of Maddie and Alexa Dalzell.
Monday, 16 September 2013 00:21

Sapp Wins Opti Provincials

David Sapp from the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron captured the 2013 Optimist Provincial Sailing Championships which concluded today at Bedford Basin Yacht Club. Sapp won the title by posting the best results over the 8 race regatta. He beat out RNSYS teammate Nick Yuill who finished in 2nd place. Finishing in 3rd place was Will McInnis from Chester Yacht Club. The Optimist dinghy is for youth aged 8-14 years old.25 sailors took part in the 2 day competition.Full results can be found here http://www.bbyc.ca/Default.aspx?pageId=1406859
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 16:16

Quebec Sailor Wins Mobility Cup

The winner of the High Liner Mobility Cup 2013 is Christine Lavallée of Gatineau, Quebec. Lavallée is only the second woman to ever claim the top prize in the history of the event. The trophy for the best results in the Gold fleet at this year's Canadian regatta for people with mobility impairments was presented at the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron in Halifax by the Regatta chair, Mike Archibald and the president of High Liner Foods, Henry Demone. Lavallée had three first place finishes over a seven race series in Halifax harbour Aug. 27-30th. Second place was taken by last year's winner, Marc Villeneuve of Laval, Quebec and third by the 2011 winner, Pierre Richard of Montreal, Quebec. Lavallée also won the gold medal at the Canada Games in Sherbrooke in the 2.4 mr class earlier this summer. The winner of the Dallaire Cup as the top competitor in the Silver fleet this year is Jean-Paul Dussault of LaSalle, Quebec. Tracy Schmitt of Toronto, Ontario was second in the Silver fleet and Basil Katsivalis of Pointe-Claire, Quebec won third place. The group of 41 sailors included competitors from Australia and the United States as well as many Canadian provinces. Mobility Cup sailors used a fleet of 21 Martin 16s which were shipped in from sailing clubs across the country. The sailors have a wide range of disabilities but the boats are adapted to make the competition fair for everyone. Electronic winches are installed to control the lines and an…
Tuesday, 03 September 2013 17:22

NS Has Strong Showing at CDN Youths

The duo of Ryan Smith & Owen Dunkley from the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron posted the best Nova Scotia result at the 2013 Canadian Youth Sailing Championships which concluded August 31 in Vancouver. The pair finished in 2nd place overall in the 420 class and were closely followed by the team of Erin & Kyla MacLennan (RNSYS) in 4th Place. 25 boats competed in the 420 class.Other results included; Laser Radial FemaleAntonia Lewin LaFrance 5th placeMeghan Henneberry, 6th placeLauren Sullivan, 9th placeAlannah Peters, 10th placeClaire Sears, 12th placeLaser Radial MaleLuke Ruitenberg, 11th placeMore than 100 sailors participated in the regatta. Full results can be found here. http://www.sailing.ca/features/youth_nationals_final_day_of_racing_sunday/