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This year Canada was represented at the 31st Student Yachting World Cup by Dalhousie University. The regatta took place October 21-28th, 2011. The Dalhousie team consisted of Ted Murphy, Justin Hall, Dave Castle, Valerie Keast, Hugh Goodday, Jacob Chaplin Saunders and Catherine Richards. After a long haul getting to La Trinite-sur-Mer on the West coast of France and two days of training in the Archembeault Grand Surprise, Team Canada was disappointed as the first two days of this year’s SYWoC were blown out with gale force winds along with rain and huge swell in the racing area kept the teams from 14 countries waiting on shore. Tuesday, October 25th saw the first day of racing with four races sailed in medium breeze in the Baie de Quiberon. After dealing with equipment failure in race one Dalhousie sailed a very consistent day with finishes in the range of 5th to 7th in races two to four and redress being awarded for race one. Wednesday was another windy day with 15 knots with gusts in the high teens. Dalhousie had a difficult start to the day finishing the first race in 11th and being OCS in the second. Dal wrapped up the day with two solid fifth place finishes. Thursday was an interesting day with the first race being sailed in very solid breeze and seeing Dal finish seventh. The breeze got progressively lighter with the final downwind leg becoming a drifting match aided by the current that pushed Team Canada into…
Tuesday, 18 October 2011 18:37

Notice of NSYA Annual General Meeting

The NSYA will be holding its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Saturday, November 19 at 12 noon at the Saraguay House of the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron, 360 Purcells Cove Road in Halifax. The AGM will be preceeded from 9am - 12 noon with divisional meetings and followed by the Annual NSYA Awards and lunch which we expect will start at 12:30pm.Full details about the AGM and a schedule for the day can be found here.
Friday, 14 October 2011 16:57

Tipton & King 2nd at Fireball NAs

Featuring the closest racing in the Heineken High Performance Dinghy Open Regatta, only 3 points separated 1st, 2nd and 3rd for the Fireball Class North American title. Matt King and Guy Tipton of Shelburne placed second after 8 races over three beautiful, light air days on Long Island Sound near Rye , New York. Teams representing Canada, USA and Sweden were in attendance and it was the team of Patrick Crump and Jane Millican, from Florida, who emerged as the North American Champs. John Driver and Robert Levy from Point Claire Yacht Club near Montreal rounded out the top three.
Monday, 03 October 2011 18:50

Dube and Bell Crowned NS Laser Champions

Congratulations to Danielle Dube from RNSYS/St. Margaret Sailing Club and Anthony Bell from the Hubbards Sailing Club for capturing the Provincial Radial and Laser Championships respectively this year.The Championships were contested over a series of three regattas which consisted of Bay Wind, CORK, and Nationals with points based on finishing position and fleet size. Danielle narrowly edged Erin Rafuse from RNSYS while Anthony beat Zachary Dunn.
The Trihedral CYA National Championships for the Laser, the Radial and Radial Men wrapped up at St Margarets Sailing Club in Glen Haven on the weekend. In the hotly contested Laser Radial womens class, Lisa Ross from RNSYS in Halifax finally found the turbo charge button and sailed an easy win in race eleven of the series, Lisa ended the series second overall on a tie break with Danielle Dube also from RNSYS who had to settle for third. The overall winner was Isabella Bertold from RVYC in Vancouver, who had an excellent series with 7 first place finishes. Her statement to the press “wow the sailing is good here in Nova Scotia” The Laser fleet was won by Chris Dold from RCYC in Toronto, he won with a convincing score sheet of 10 races finishing fifth place or better. In second place Lee Parkhill, also from RCYC Toronto, while third place went to Rob Crane from Noroton YC in Conn. The Radial Male fleet was won by Canadian Youth Champ Hugh Mcrae from KYC in Kingston Ontario. Second place in Radial went to Alexander Burke From Hubbards Sailing Club, third place went to Jack Bignell from the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron. The St. Margaret Sailing Club has always delivered a quality sailing regatta and they really went all out this time. Rod Millar put together a team of the best regatta committee in the country and delivered an event of the same quality as the Laser Worlds held…
On September 13th, Evan Bower, Nick Williams, Daniel Race, Eliza Hyde, Matt King and Guy Tipton all loaded into Guy Tipton’s van and headed to Toronto towing their albacores behind them. They were all fired up and eager to represent the Shelburne Harbour Yacht Club in the Albacore Canadians and Albacore Internationals hosted at a complex of sailing clubs in downtown Toronto (J-Town, Mooredale and Westwood). There were five boats representing the East Coast of Canada, three of the five boats were from Shelburne, Nova Scotia. The last time Toronto hosted the International Albacore Championships was 40 years ago. The first two days of the event were the Canadian Championships and the following four days were the International Championships (informally referred to as the “Worlds”). There were 74 teams competing in the Canadians which were held September 17th and 18th. The conditions were challenging for the Canadian Championships with 2 to 6 foot waves and steep chop both days with winds ranging from 8 – 17 knots. The racing was done well into Lake Ontario. At the end of the weekend, Nick Williams and Evan Bower were the 1st Place Junior Team and Daniel Race and Eliza Hyde were the 2nd Place Junior Team. Third Place went to a junior team from Toronto. These two Junior teams of young athletes did not feel they were being challenged enough competing under the title of Juniors and asked that their junior category be disregarded and allow the teams to race against the…
Wednesday, 28 September 2011 18:07

Nova Scotian Wins Cdn Match Racing Champs

The Toronto/Nova Scotia team of Peter Wickwire (Toronto/Halifax-RCYC) Matt Christie (Halifax-BBYC) and Tim Bishop (Toronto-RCYC) won the 2011 Canadian Match Race Championships in Toronto this past weekend at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club. The team went 13-0 in the 2 round robins and 3-1 in both the semi finals and finals to win this years event. Two time Olympian Jen Provan of RCYC was second, third was two time Olympican Sheron Ferris and fourth was current Soling World Champion Peter Hall (RStLYC). The event was held in Sonars and over the three days had winds ranging from light to heavy. There were 10 teams representing all regions of Canada.
Monday, 26 September 2011 17:42

2 RYA Yachmaster Examiners Certified in NS

The RYA conducted a Yachtmaster Examiner course in Halifax on September 6 and 7. It was conducted by Richard Falk, the RYA Training Manager and Chief Examiner. The 5 candidates were all CYA cruising Instructors and RYA Yachtmaster Instructors. All five were successful. They were: East Coast - Chris Connor and Dave DeWolfe; Central: Jamie Gordon; West Coast: Katy Roden and Oliver Woolcock. There is now no need to bring in an examiner from the UK. This is all part of a developing collaboration between the CYA and the RYA, and is good news for Canadian Sail Training.
Many European countries require the International Certificate of Competence (ICC). If a vessel is stopped by local authorities and the operator does not have the ICC, heavy fines may be levied. You are able to challenge the ICC in a day-long session in Halifax on board Semper Vivens or, if you are not able to come to Halifax, we can come to you. This is not an instructional-learn to sail course but a practical evaluation of a sailor’s ability to operate a sailboat and his/her knowledge of rules of the road. There is also an additional requirement (CEVNI) for operating a vessel in the canal systems in Europe. As we are a CYA/RYA sail training centre, we are able to offer courses from beginner levels through to the commercial endorsement of RYA Yachtmaster Offshore. The RYA courses are recognized by over forty countries and are often required to charter sailboats in both the Mediterranean and the Caribbean. For more details on course descriptions, please visit the or and for details concerning course dates or bookings contact Judy Robertson of In Slocum’s Wake Sailing Centre at [email protected] or at (902)-802-7730. 
Friday, 09 September 2011 18:39

Basic Amateur Radio License Course

The Halifax Amateur Radio Club is again hosting a Basic Amateur Radio Certification Course leading to an amateur radio callsign and certificate of proficiency from Industry Canada. The successful completion of the course will give access to the long distance HF ham bands along with the VHF/UHF frequencies and the repeater network across the three Maritime Provinces along with other repeaters across Canada. The course starts on Thursday 22nd of September at 7:00 pm with registration and information in the club classroom of the Halifax Amateur Radio Club station. It is located upstairs in the Saint Andrew Community Centre, Barnstead Lane off Bayers Road outbound, one block west from Romans Avenue intersection. Registration will also be accepted Sat 24th Sept and Thurs 29th Sept. The first full class is Saturday 24th at 10:00 a.m. on basic fundamentals. Classes will normally run for 90 min on each Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm. The fee for the course is $120 unless a person already has the study manual. Otherwise it is $65. Any returning course member will be offered a reduced rate. The fee includes the course manual, thirteen weeks of expert instruction by senior club members, photocopied handouts, examination by one of HARC’s accredited examiners and the application submission to Industry Canada for your station’s callsign. Our course has had a significant number of mariners and sailors over the years who obtained their ham licence. A licence will allow a mariner to stay in touch via HF when they…