News Releases

North Sydney, NS - Disabled sailors will have the opportunity to take to the water Sunday, July 17 during a special event hosted by the Northern Yacht Club Junior Sail Association, Sail Able of Nova Scotia, and the Canadian Paraplegic Association (Nova Scotia). Three accessible boats will be available from 10:00am to 2:00pm at the NYC located on Seaview Drive, North Sydney. On site will be the 20.5 foot Free Spirit offering high back bucket seats complete with over the shoulder harnesses providing extra security for any would-be sailors. Those interested in trying their hand as skipper can take the tiller while under instruction of a qualified sail instructor. During a recent renovation, the NYC Junior Sail Association had their sights set on providing sailing activities for those with limited mobility. With renovations now complete, the Junior Sail Association will be hosting its first Sail Able program. In addition to the Junior Sail building offering accessible facilities, a specialized lift will be available to transfer sailors in and out of boats and personal flotation devices will be provided by Sail Able. Sailors and their families will be welcomed by a team of staff and volunteers. In addition to sailing opportunities, the event will include refreshments and a barbecue at no cost for participants. Sailors are encouraged to bring sunscreen and clothing appropriate for the weather. For more information contact: Lorna Griffin-Fillier Canadian Paraplegic Association (NS) (902)733-3098 orPaula Smith, NYC Junior Sail Association (902)561-5096
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 16:24

Paul Tingley Story Featured in the Herald

On Sunday the Chronicle-Herald had a feature story on sailor Paul Tingley with a great video. The ocean and the wind don’t know Paul Tingley is paralyzed. A breezy day on open water is a great equalizer, where the 41-year-old Tingley has everything he needs to win. In a wheelchair since the age of 24, the Halifax native is a highly accomplished international Paralympic sailor with a 2.4-metre solo keelboat world championship in the Netherlands in 2010 — only the fourth in 20 years for a disabled sailor — and a gold medal at the Summer Paralympics in China in 2008.Read the rest of the story and see the video here.
The award-winning NSYA Mobile Sailing School launches this week with a stop in Arichat at the Isle Madame Boat Club. The instructors this year are Katy Rehse and Carson Murray who are very excited to spread sailing programs across Nova Scotia. The itinerary in 2011 includes:Arichat - July 4 - 9Grand Narrows - July 11 - 16Mabou, July 18 - 22 & 25 - 29Antigonish, August 2 - 5 & 8-12Digby, August 15-19 With 6 Optis and 1 Access dinghy, the program hopes to introduce sailing to 100 youth this summer and inspire communities to develop their own Learn to Sail program.If your community is interested in hosting the program in 2012, please contact the NSYA office for details.
Tuesday, 28 June 2011 16:33

Judge Seminar to be Offered

Warren Nethercote will be offering a Club Judge Seminar in conjunction with the SMSC Bay-Wind regatta, on the weekend of 23-24 July. The seminar will consist of classroom sessions covering Parts 5, 6 and 7 of the Racing Rules of sailing, followed by a 50 question true-false test. The test, together with either a recognized judging or race management seminar is a requirement for certification as a CYA judge. The seminar will be given from 0900-1600, Friday July 22nd. The fee for the seminar will be $10, to cover materials. Register by email with the NSYA office or directly to [email protected], indicating your preference for seminar scheduling.
Discovery Sailing, based in Chester Basin, Nova Scotia, has recently completed a 5 day RYA Yachtmaster Prep week conducted by Dave DeWolfe. This live aboard course is designed to be completed in advance of the RYA Yachtmaster exams. The Prep Week was followed by two days of RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Exams conducted by RYA Yachtmaster Examiner Christian Mach. Exams include both oral and practical components. Two candidates were successful in completing the requirements and passing the exams. As a result these two individuals were awarded the RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence. To learn more about Discovery Sailing please visit In the picture are Christian Mach (RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Examiner), Max Shaw and Frederick Crossley (newly minted holders of the RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence) and Dave DeWolfe (RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Instructor).
Thursday, 09 June 2011 17:27

Tipton & King to Fireball Worlds

Current North American Champions, Guy Tipton and Matthew King of Shelburne Harbour Yacht Club, will be heading off this week for the Fireball Worlds Sailing competition begining June 13th. The two week event will be hosted by the Sligo Yacht Club in Sligo, Ireland and will feature 58 confirmed entries, spread across 9 nations and 3 continents. "This is going to be fantastic!!" the team stated, "racing against the best from the United Kingdom, Ireland, Switzerland, Australia, France, Germany, Czech Republic and Shetland Islands.". "The first week of racing will be for the International Trophy (10 races) and the next week we will compete for the Worlds Championship Trophy, also the best of 10 races." "Perhaps some day we can host this event here in Nova Scotia" the excited duo stated. Daily reports and results can be found at and follow on the blog
Monday, 06 June 2011 14:22

NSYA Appleton Estate Race Results

The 40+ Annual NSYA Harbour Race, now known as the Appleton Estate Cup Race took place on Saturday, June 4 under cloudy skies. 40 boats took part with 267 sailors. The event is a fundraiser for both the Nova Scotia Sailing Team and WOW! Women on Water Fund. Winning the Bedford start was USA833 with skipper Terry Booth. Rick Taillieu's Nemesis from Shearwater Yacht Club took 1st place from the RNSYS start and the top female skipper was Mary Lou Landry as she guided her boat Luna to second overall from RNSYS. Special thanks to our sponsors; Appleton Estate, Garrison Brewing, Hamachi Stekahouse, Bishop's Cellar, Doyle Sails amd the Waterfront Development Corp.To see the results of the race click here.
Two Nova Scotia sailors have been selected by the Canadian Yachting Association to represent Canada at the Korea Cup International Yacht Race in Pohang, Korea. Matt Stokes of the Bras d’Or Yacht Club in Baddeck and Mike Evans of the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron in Halifax will be travelling to Korea to compete in this international regatta from May 31st to June 6th. The regatta is a series of inshore and offshore races and will feature yachts and sailors from a variety of countries including Korea, Russia and the United States. The regatta starts on May 31st with a series of inshore races in Pohang. The event then continues with a series of offshore races from Pohang on the Korean Peninsula to the islands of Ulleungdo and Dokdo in the East Sea, and back to Pohang. Matt and Mike will be teamed with a crew of Korean sailors for the event, and are looking forward to what promises to be a difficult and competitive international regatta.
Two Nova Scotia Sailors and one coach have been selected by the Canadian Yachting Association to represent Canada at the Volvo Youth World Sailing Championships in Zadar, Croatia. Julien Fougere and Henry Machum, from the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron will compete in the 420 Class while RNSYS Coach Agustin Ferrario will be the team leader.The competition will be held at the Sailing Club Uskok venue from July 7 -16th. In 2002 Lunenburg Yacht Club hosted the event. Pictures and Bios from the members of the 2011 Canadian Youth World Sailing Team can be found here.
This weekend past the University of Guelph was challenged by Dalhousie University for the right to represent Canada at the 2011 Student Yachting World Cup in 32 foot keelboats at Trinity-Sur-Mer, France, to be held this October. The nine race series was held at Bronte Harbour Yacht Club in Oakville, Ontario. The two teams raced 24 foot Shark class boats in light to medium wind. The Dalhousie crew, consisting of skipper Ted Murphy (Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron) with crew Dave Castle and Justin Hall, prevailed with nine straight wins over the Guelph team. This will be 19 year old Ted Murphy's third World Championships. The Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron member is a former Canadian Optimist Dinghy champion. Recently, he has sailed to 3 top ten finishes in the North American Championships in the 29er and 420 dinghy classes as well as in the 30 foot Etchells keelboat class.