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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.
Sunday, 02 June 2013 00:12

NSYA Garrison Cup Attracts 282 Sailors

On Saturday, June 1 the NSYA hosted the annual Garrison Cup Race. With starting lines at both the RNSYS and BBYC, more than 280 sailors and 38 boats took part under ideal sailing conditions to raise funds for the Nova Scotia Sailing Team.First boat across the finish line from the Bedford Bain Yacht Club start line was 2nd Humming skippered by Terry Booth.Hummin, skippered by Bill Haliburton won the RNSYS starting fleet.Top female boat was Luna skippered by Mary Lou Landry.Special thanks to all who participated and to our generous sponsors; Garrison Brewing, Hamachi Stekhouse, Bishop's Cellar, Doyle Sail and Waterfront Development Corp.2013 Garrison Cup Results can be found here.
The Sail All program, launched this week at Lunenburg Yacht Club, introduces sailing to public schools and their students. If successful in its pilot year at LYC, it is hoped that the program can be expanded to other yacht clubs.Led by Graham Mann at LYC, the program has received considerable financial support from the province and Sport NS.'Sailing is such a big part of the history here in Nova Scotia." says Graham. 'Most kids in the area have never sailed before and I wanted them to at least experience it." See a CBC News feature report here.
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 16:39

Coaching Sailors With a Disability

The NSYA together with Sail Able NS is excited to announce we are hosting a one-day Coaching Athletes With A Disability Module, on Sunday, June 2 from 8:30am - 5pm at the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron in Halifax. Jenny Davey, from Montreal will be delivering the module. NSYA will supply lunch that day to all participants. While the module will be delivered Sunday there will be an opportunity on Saturday afternoon to assist and learn more about the Martin 16s such as launching and stepping the mast. Please RSVP to NSYA if you can make it no later than Wednesday, May 29 so catering arrangements can be made. This course, which emphasizes hands-on practice, is designed to provide you the basics of what you need to know to get started especially in First Contact, Fundamentals, and learn to Sail Fast settings. Sailors with a disability are like any other sailors: they have diverse interests, abilities, personalities and needs. Like any sailor, it is most important to get to know each person individually so you can ensure a safe, productive, and enjoyable sailing experience. This course is a professional development module created by Sail Canada in its ongoing effort to ensure coaches have access to resources and training required to work with any sailor. The development and refinement of this course have been supported by the Coaching Association of Canada and the Canadian Paralympic Committee. Sail Canada Trained and Certified Coaches, of any level, are eligible to take this course.…
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 15:43

NSYA Announces Canada Games Support Team

The NSYA is pleased to announce the support team for sailors represented to select the province at the 2013 Canada Games to be held in early August in Sherbrokke, Quebec.Head coach is 2 time Olympian and current Provincial Coach Lisa Ross with help from Women in Coaching Apprentice Coach Lesley Taylor. Team Manager is 2009 Canada Games gold medalist Jonathan Reid while 2008 Paralympic Champion Paul Tingley has been named Support Person for the team. All four will be present at the Canada Games along with up to two boat drivers who have yet to be named. Supporting all our support team is Kathy Spurr, Team Nova Scotia Mission Staff.The team will be slected following ARK Regatta in Beford July 6-7.
With the keelboat racing season just around the corner, it's a good time for Clubs to review all that is required when running races.In 2011, the NSYA published a brochure titled What a Race Committee Needs to know about PHRF-NS. It contains lots of valuable information about setting courses, how to access the yacht database with the ratings and much more. You can find the brochure on our website here PHRF Racing Brochure. You can also find a number of links to other valuable PHRF-NS information on our website here.
Tuesday, 26 February 2013 12:54

Corinne Peters Qualifies for Youth Worlds

Corinne Peters from the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron has earned a spot on Team Canada that will be competing at the 2013 Volvo Youth Worlds Sailing Championships this July in Cyprus in the Laser Radial Class. She won the sailing trials over an Ontario sailor. The trials consisted of best score of two regattas the 2012 Youth Nationals and the 2013 Laser Mid-Winters East which was held on the weekend in Clearwater, FL. Corinne finished 23rd overall in the 105 boat fleet. Corinne was coached at the event by Agustin Ferrario.Corinne joins 4 other NS Sailors on the Youth Worlds team. Earlier this month Allie Surrette, Ali ten Hove, Jake Megaffin and Alex Sapp all qualified in the 420 class. Full results here http://www.regattanetwork.com/clubmgmt/applet_regatta_results.php?regatta_id=6072&;show_division=1&show_country=1
Tuesday, 19 February 2013 13:26

Four 420 Sailors Qualify for Youth Worlds

4 Nova Scotia Athletes qualified to represent Canada at the 2013 Youth Sailing Worlds Championships to be held in Cyprus in July. The female team of Allie Surrette and Ali ten Hove from the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron finished 9th overall at the Club 420 Mid-Winter championships in Jensen Beach, FL. In August they captured the National Youth Championships in Gimli, MB and will be nominated by Sail Canada to represent the country in Cyprus. On the men's side Jake Megaffin and Alex Sapp, also from RNSYS finished in 11th position in the 76 boat fleet. Their excellent result along with their finish at Youth Nationals also qualifies them to be nominated by Sail Canada. Both teams were coached by Agustin Ferrario.Full results here http://www.regattanetwork.com/clubmgmt/applet_regatta_results.php?regatta_id=5923&;show_crew=1&preview=1 Later this week Nova Scotia's best Laser sailors will compete at their mid-winter regatta in Florida with spots on the Youth Worlds team also on the line.