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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.
Thursday, 29 August 2013 00:40

Ryan Anderson 3rd at Opti Canadians

Ryan Anderson from the RNSYS led a strong showing of Nova Scotia sailors at the Canadian Optimist Championships last week in Montreal. Anderson finished 3rd overall and was followed by Cameron Shaw (RNSYS) in 5th place, Will McInnes (Chester) in 8th, Connor Mraz (Chester) in 7th, Nicholas Yuill (RNSYS) in 9th, and David Sapp (RNSYS) in 13th, More than 70n athletes competed. Full results here.
Congratulations to Cathy Shaw from the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron for capturing the 2013 Canadian Women's Keelboat Championship. The championship was hosted by the Bedford Basin Yacht Club and the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron and held at RNSYS.Pictured from left; Gillian Graves, Leanne Gillis, Lynne Simmons, Cathy Shaw Read the full story and see the results here.
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


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
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
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