News Releases

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 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.
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.…