News Releases

May 31st - June 1st, Lunenburg Yacht Club, in partnership with Sail Nova Scotia, played host to a successful Sail Canada Coaching Para Sailors Professional Development workshop. Sailing coaches and program leaders from around Nova Scotia and Cape Breton gathered for the one day workshop to learn about sailing specific considerations and adaptations for sailors with a disability. Given high demand, the workshop was offered to two different groups, one on Saturday and one on Sunday. Both days saw sunny conditions and light wind, good news since most of the workshop takes place outside: on the docks to learn and practice transfers, and on the water to try out the accessible boats and practice companioning skills.  There was a strong Lunenburg Yacht Club contingent as LYC prepares to launch their Sail Able program this summer, using their two newly acquired Martin 16s. A big thank you to Sail Able Halifax coach Dee Osmond, who helped to organize and facilitate the workshop, and Sail Able Halifax sailors Kevin Penny and Debbie Earle, who shared their knowledge and expertise so generously with the participants.   
Saturday, 24 May 2014 00:00

Garrison Cup Race 2014 Great Success

The 2014 Garrison Cup Race attracted 34 boats and more than 200 sailors for the annual event.Under grey cool skies 2nd Hummin defended its title by capturing the Bedford Basin start while Silver Woman captured the title from the RNSYS start. Karen Fowler and the crew of Cheap Thrill was first across the line led by a female skipper. Full results can be found on the link below.The Garrison Cup is the largest fundraiser for the Nova Scotia Sailing Team.Thank you to all those who participated. 
Sail Nova Scotia is very excited to announce that we will be offering the Sail Canada Coaching Athletes With a Disability module for instructors, coaches and volunteers at Lunenburg Yacht Club on Saturday, May 31 and Sunday, June 1. The one day course (candidates can choose which day) will train instructors and coaches all they need to know about working with athletes with a disability. The one day module will cover a range ot topics. Space is limited and candidates will be selected based on their application which can be found below.The application deadline is Friday, May 9.
Monday, 14 April 2014 00:00

2014 Provincial Sailing Circuit

Sail Nova Scotia is pleased to once again offer a Provincial Sailing Circuit for those competing in the Laser Radial Class and the Club 420 Class.The circuit encourages teams to travel to regattas throughout the province where they will benefit from guest coaches and sailing in different conditions. Sailors are scored after each event and then totalled at year end. Dates for the events can be found on the Circuit Poster. For more information contact Lisa Ross, Provincial Sailing coach.
Thursday, 10 April 2014 00:00

2014 Provincial Sailing Circuit Announced

Sail Nova Scotia is once again holding a Club 420 Circuit and Laser Radial Circuit for all racers this summer. Take a look at the poster for all the dates and details.
Sail Canada is progressing well with Transport Canada to reduce the amount of distress signaling equipment that recreational craft are required to carry.  Currently, the carriage requirement is for 3 flares in vessels up to 6m, 6 flares for vessels between 6m and 9m and 12 flares for vessels over 9m. Transport Canada have agreed with Sail Canada’s contention that, in light of developments in other forms of communicating distress, the amount of pyrotechnics required to be carried can be reduced, lessening the potential for injury from accidental discharge or misuse, decreasing the problems associated with disposal of time-expired pyrotechnics and reducing the cost to sailors. At the same time, developments in non-pyrotechnic flares will result in a standard for such being developed, allowing them to replace traditional flares in time. Stay tuned!  
Friday, 28 February 2014 17:02

4 Nova Scotians Win National Sailing Awards

At the 2013 Rolex Sail Canada Awards, held Friday, February 28 in Toronto, 4 Nova Scotians were recognized with awards. Corinne Peters, from the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron, won the Bill Burk Youth Sailor of the Year award. Corinne represented Canada in the Laser Radial Class at the 2013 Youth World Sailing Championships and followed that up with a silver medal at the 2013 Canada Summer Games.   Winning "Rookies of the Year" or the Marvin McDill award were the 470 team of Jacob & Graeme Chaplin-Saunders from Chester but now sailing out of RNSYS. The brothers won the award for posting the best finish at their first world championships.   Capturing the Recreation Event of the Year award was the Sail All program, led by Graham Mann and hosted by the Lunenburg Yacht Club. The program introduced more the 300 public school children to the sport of sailing many for the first time. The program is now in the process of expanding across the province.   For a full list of winners from across the country click here
Tuesday, 18 February 2014 15:27

Sail Nova Scotia Hiring Club Development Coach

Sail Nova Scotia is hiring a Club Development Coach to work May through September to assist the Provincial Sailing Coach with implementation of coach and club development initiatives using an on-site support and mentorship approach. The application deadline is March 17, 2014.For full details see the ad in the attachments section below.
Friday, 14 February 2014 13:04

4 Nova Scotians Win National Sailing Awards

Nova Scotians will be well represented when Sail Canada hands out their annual awards at a ceremony in Toronto on February 28.Corinne Peters wins the female youth sailor of the year while Jacob and Graeme Chaplin-Saunders win the Marvin McDill award as "Rookies of the Year" on the Canadian Sailing Team.Finally Graham Mann and the Sail All program have been named winners of the Recreation event of the Year award for introducing more than 250 school children to the sport last spring.A full list of award winners can be found at
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…