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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.
The Nova Scotia Yachting Association crowned two new provincial sailing champions on Sunday, July 7. In the Under 16 event, Ryan Anderson captured the championships with a strong performance in the Optimist class. In the Under 19 event, Will Jones captured the title with a great series of scores in the Laser Radial Class. Both sailors sail out of the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron. The championships were held as part of ARK Regatta at Bedford Basin Yacht Club.ARK 2013 Results can be found here. The Laser Provincial Championships will be held July 19-21 at the Bay Wind Regatta in St. Margaret's Bay. (In photo Ryan Anderson receives his award from Provincial Coach Lisa Ross.)
Thursday, 27 June 2013 12:49

NSYA Mobile Sailing School Launches

For the fifth year in a row the NSYA is launching their summer mobile sailing school.Led by certified Sail Canada instructors, Daniel Gaw and Shawn Benteau the program will visit 7 communities over the next 7 weeks starting July 1. The schedule includes stops in Antigonish, Guysborough, Arichat, Eskasoni, Whycocomagh, Grand Narrows and Port Hawkesbury.14 kids can be accommodated each week. The mobile trailer includes all the equipment inclusing 6 Optis and 1 Access dinghy as well as all the safety gear and a coach boat.
Watch out world...here comes Nova Scotia!July will be a very busy month for Nova Scotia sailors as 5 of them have earned the opportunity to represent Canada at World Championships.At the Optimist World Championships to be held in Italy, Cameron Shaw will be a member of Team Canada thanks to his second place finish at the Opti Nationals last summer. Also in July, 4 Nova Scotians will be heading to Cyprus for the ISAF World Youth Sailing Championships. Jake Megaffin and Alex Sapp will compete in the International 420, while Allie Surrette and her partner from Ontario Ali ten Hove will do the same in the female division. Corinne Peters will compete in the Radial Class.Coaches for the Youth Worlds are Lisa Ross and Agustin Ferrario as well as Rosie Chapman, past NSST coach now working in Quebec.All athletes are members of the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron race team.
For the first time in a number of years, Nova Scotia hosted a Sail Canada Basic Cruising Instructor Evaluator and Instructor course.Delivered by Jamie Gordon from Ontario and hosted at the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron, the course ran from June 18-22.This is the first level in the Cruising Instructor Program. Successful candidates are able to certify the Basic Cruising Standard and Introduction to Boating (sail) as well as conduct examinations for the Pleasure Craft Operator Card.Attenting the course were Sue Molloy, Judy Robertson, Kate Thompkins and Gilles Lebrun.
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 17:58

Nova Scotians Represent Canada at Korea Cup

Team Canada was well represented at the 6th annual Korea Cup International Yacht Race and the 5th annual Presidents Cup by Matthew Christie (RNSYS) and Geoff Dalzell (RNSYS) both from Halifax, N.S. The event started with a 2 day Presidents Cup inshore event (in a new Korean built, 4 person sport boat) 10 boats were available for the 20 teams so there was a 2 race qualifying round to pick the top 10 teams for the finals. Team Canada (sailing with 2 Korean junior sailors ) scored a 2,3 and moved onto the finals. Puffy and shifty conditions on very short courses highlighted crew work and boat handling. In the final round the boat that was drawn had loose keel bolts. It was moving around considerably and the team decided that it was bad enough to retire. They did not file for redress as there was a draw for boats. The opening ceremony and Presidents Cup awards that night were spectacular. As the largest event of the year for Korea Sailing the budget is in the millions. Outdoor stage on the beach, dining area for 500, free food for 500, dignitaries, lots of speeches, huge prizes and prize money for the winners. Very well done, World Class. Next up the Korea Cup, big boat offshore series. The Canadian/Korea Team sailed on a Taylor 47 called DIVA. The owner Kim Chong Hoi, is a prominent business man and the President of Korea Sailing. He runs a great program. Ironically, DIVA (1995)…
On Sunday, June 2 the NSYA hosted the first ever Sail Canada Coaching Athletes With A Disability Module in Nova Scotia. Held at the the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron, the module attracted instructors from across the province and one from New Brunswick.Jenny Davey led the module which is very timely as the RNSYS will be hosting both the 2013 Mobility Cup and the 2014 IFDS Sailing World Championships.