News Releases

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…
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 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."