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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:   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.
Tuesday, 14 October 2014 00:00

2 Nova Scotia Sailors Compete at Korea Cup

Two Halifax sailors recently returned from Korea where they competed in the 2014 Korea Cup. Emmanuel Comtois and Cam Haley sailed on the Sydney 40 U2. Held in the small fishing town of Hupo Harbor in Uljin Province (central east coast of South Korea), the seventh edition of the Korea Cup made way for some amazing sailing in the East Sea. This internationally diverse event is composed of a mix of inshore and offshore races. We were fortunate to be invited to participate in the blessing of the fleet, a traditional ceremony where offerings to the gods are made to ensure a safe sailing. Read more about it here.   
Congratulations to the St. Mary's University Sailing team for capturing the first ever Match Racing championship on Saturday.The event was held in Bedford Basin in conjunction with the 1st ever Make Waves for the IWK regatta. The format consisted of 8 races of 20 minutes in duration with three boats per team.Special thanks to the Waegwoltic Club for the use of their boats. 
Sunday, 28 September 2014 00:00

David Sapp Repeats as Opti Provincial Champ

For the second year in a row David Sapp from the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron has captured the NS Provincial Optimist Sailing Championships which wrapped up Sunday at Hubbards Sailing Club.   David beat out in 2nd place Ryan Anderson (RNSYS), and in 3rd place Jack Groves (Hubbards Sailing Club).   45 competitors took part in the 2 day event under warm and sunny skies.This was the first regatta hosted by the Club and by all accounts a tremendous success!   Full regatta results here
Tuesday, 09 September 2014 00:00

Machum Wins Laser Atlantic Coast Championships

Henry Machum from the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron captured the Laser Atlantic Coast Championships in late August at the regatta held in Maine.Also placing well at the Championships were Luke Ruitenberg in 4th place and Sandy Beatty in 5th.In the Laser Radial Class, Canadian Sailing Team member Corinne Peters from RNSYS finished in 3rd place overall.Complete results here