News Releases

Wednesday, 30 March 2011 15:39

NS Ice Boating Championships

Saturday/Sunday March 26/27, Sherbrooke Lake, Nova Scotia A week after the 2011 Maritime Championships, the ice was not only still holding on Sherbrooke Lake, but it was getting better. Courtesy of cold nights, all the drain holes had frozen over hard, and the surface itself was getting smoother during the days. We scheduled the Nova Scotia Championship over two days, although in the end, weather limited us to one day of racing. There were 13 entries, including 1 from Prince Edward Island and 2 from Connecticut. Sherbrooke Lake is about 6 miles long and a mile wide, but unlike Maritime Championships the week before, the westerly winds blew across the lake, so we were restricted to about a ¾ mile course. And the winds tried to blow the dogs off their chains. On Saturday we started with a scrub race to establish starting positions, but abandoned the first attempt when snow squalls wiped out visibility. For the rest of the day we squeezed races in between the snow squalls, which were separated by clearer spells with winds dropping to the 15+ knot range. But even at the best of times there were huge velocity and direction shifts that made the beats a challenge. Saturday brought some bad luck to two: Dutch Baerken, who broke his plank in the first series race, and Howard Garland, whose boom split while leading race four. The split boom damaged Howard’s luff tape, leading to another failure in Race 5 and a DNS in Race…
Monday, 21 March 2011 11:47

Maritime Ice Boating Champs Held

It was not a very good year for iceboating in Nova Scotia, with not enough rain to clear the February snows off the lakes, and temperatures too warm to reliably freeze salt water sailing sites like Mahone Bay Harbour or the LaHave River. We did get good sailing days, but it was hard to convince the less than committed that there were good conditions to be had. On Sunday March 20th, we finally had our Maritimes Championship, but as a 1 day, 8-race event, rather than our traditional 12 races over a two day weekend. Only nine DNs sailed, with many of the Halifax sailors either disbelieving that there was ice anywhere, or unprepared to drive to Sherbrooke Lake. The PEI sailors had finished for the year. We were a little bit worried about the ice conditions, because we had sailed Sherbrooke Lake on the previous Wednesday and had been forced to use slush runners by 12:30PM, but on Sunday March 20th it was cool enough for some competitors to sail the whole day on 3/16 insert runners, despite the bright sunshine. Winds were about 10 knots, but variable both in strength and direction. Bob Crinion was the strongest competitor, discarding a second, to take the championship. We lost Art Samson from the mix early on, when he chose to ‘power through’ a gust in race 4 and capsized as a result, shearing off his plank mounting plates. Howard Garland showed good speed and tactics to take 2nd, and Dave…
Friday, 18 March 2011 13:52

NEW PHRF Adjustments for 2011

The NSYA Handicapping Committee announces that the following adjustments are new for NSYA and will be implemented for the 2011 sailing season. Some of these new adjustements are specifically targetted at non racing boats and must be applied for individually by a written submission to NSYA at [email protected] The submissions will be reviewed by the handicap committee to determine if the credit should apply. The following adjustments are given only upon application to NSYA: Recreational adjustment: - This must be the racing inventory of the boat and sail materials and measurements must be included with submission In mast furling adjustment. Asymmetrical Spinnaker adjustment: cloth type and measurements to be included For all the details click here.
Two sailing teams from Shelburne Harbour Yacht Club represented Nova Scotia at the Fireball North American Mid-Winter Championships hosted by the Davis Island Yacht Club in Tampa, Florida on the weekend. After three days of racing Guy Tipton & Matt King were successful in repeating as Fireball North American Champions. "The racing was very competitive and the weatherman provided us with both windy and calm conditions" the team stated "We are now looking forward to the Internationals and Fireball Worlds' in Sligo, Ireland in June." The second team of Evan Bower & Nick Williams, the youngest team in the regatta, finished a very respectable 12th position amongst an accomplished fleet of former Canadian and American champions. The talk around the regatta was that most of the competitors had been sailing for longer than Evan and Nick have been alive and they were very impressed with their level of sailing.
Paul Tingley Named Canadian Male Sailor of the YearPaul Tingley from Halifax will be honoured with the Canadian Yachting Association Male Sailor of the Year Award at an awards ceremony in Toronto on Saturday, February 26. Tingley, who sails out of the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron, captured the 2.4 mR World Sailing Championships in September. The 2008 Paralympic Gold Medallist is now preparing for the 2012 Paralympic Games. Also at the CYA Awards, the Nova Scotia Yachting Association will receive the Recreation Event of the Year Award for its new Mobile Sailing School program. The Mobile School visited communities across the province last summer and introduced more than 100 youth to the sport. For a complete list of CYA Award winners, click here
Lisa Ross of Lunenburg, representing the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron finished 3rd at the Laser Radial North American Championship Regatta held in Clearwater, Florida on the weekend. The two-time Olympian was top Canadian at the event.Also in Florida, 6 Nova Scotia sailors competed in the 420 Mid Winter Regatta which wrapped up on Monday. Again a Nova Scotia boat was top Canadian boat. Henry Machum and Julien Fougere from the RNSYS finished in 16th place overall while Max Flinn (Chester) and Andrew Burns (Lunenburg) were close behind in 21st position. Also at the regatta were Riley Morash and Morgan Morash from the Hubbards Yacht Club who finished in 70th position in the 77 boat fleet.Nova Scotia Sailing Team Coach, Rosie Chapman says "The three Nova Scotia boats posted some of the best results for Canada at this event in the past 15 years. It's not easy for NS Sailors to be off the water for a few months and then compete against some of the top boats from the US who are on the water everyday. These results are a great way to start the 2011 sailing season." Results from the 420 MidWinter Regatta can be found at
Wednesday, 16 February 2011 19:45

Hal Davies Remembered

With great sadness, the NSYA learned today of the passing of Hal Davies, skipper of Third Wave (RNSYS).Hal was vacationing with his wife in the Bahamas when he passed away on Monday, February 14.Hal was a founding father of both the Premier Class Association and Route Halifax - St. Pierre Race. The recipient of the 2005 CYA Gerry Roufs Award for excellence in offshore racing, Hal was a great supporter of both the NSYA and CYA. He will be missed by all of the Nova Scotia Sailing Community. You can read his obituary here.
Tuesday, 15 February 2011 19:20

Instructor Clinic Registration Information

The NSYA will be holding our Annual CYA Instructor Clinic in the spring to train new White Sail Coaches and Bronze Sail Coaches.The dates are just about set (we are awaiting confirmation from one more Learnin Facilitator) but we are confident and have posted the registration form. You can find the registration form here. Please do not send payment for the course until instructed to do so. However it is important to get your name on the list as space is very limited this year.Any questions, please contact the NSYA office.
Friday, 11 February 2011 18:03

Meet the 2011 NS Sailing Team

Sailors named to 2011 Nova Scotia Sailing TeamThe Nova Scotia Yachting Association today announced the Nova Scotia Sailing Team for 2011. Team members represent 3 Regions of the province, Metro Halifax, Cape Breton and the South Shore. Head Coach Rosie Chapman says she expects some great results in 2011 from team members. “The 2011 team is very exciting to work with as they are all motivated to put in the training to achieve outstanding results. Athletes have been training since January in the gym and on the water in Florida. We should see some exceptional results this spring and summer when the team hits the water.” 2011 NSST Athletes by RegionMetro HalifaxFraser WellsBrandon BrownDevan DubeMaggie KennedyMeghan HenneberryJulien FougereHenry MachumDee OsmondTaylor ShawDana ArchibaldKaren Filbee-DexterTed SkiffingtonAllison SurretteGreg SimmsMinette MurphyCole RiceAmy Minnikin Cape BretonSteven LeblancBen DooleyMitchell ShawEmma HillierStephen CantwellSouth ShoreAndrew BurnsSandy BeattyMax FlinnMorgan MorashRiley MorashJacob Chaplin- SaundersGraeme Chaplin-SaundersBryant Wood-30- For more information contact Rosie Chapman at (902)802-2250 or [email protected] Denis (902)425-5450 ext 312 [email protected]
Friday, 04 February 2011 12:29

New Boating Safety Website Launched

Have you ever searched the web for a simple single source for relevant boating safety information and instead of finding one site that is easy to navigate you find yourself in a mass of web pages relating to dozens of boating safety issues? Well you aren’t alone and we are sure that the Canadian Safe Boating Council and its project is just the site for is an initiative to develop a communication strategy designed to help change recreation boating behaviours on Canada’s waterways using a comprehensive website to house and distribute boating safety materials and information through proactive outreach that builds on resources, past, present and future. is more than just another ‘boating safety website’. It will provide a great deal information on how to be safe when a person boats, whether it be by kayak, fishing boat, sail boat, power boat, PWC or any other type of pleasure craft. It also makes sure that information is streamed so that individuals who come to the site will find answers to their boating safety questions efficiently and effectively. Partnerships are forged with organizations like Canadian Power & Sail Squadrons, the Lifesaving Society and law enforcement agencies to ensure the messaging is properly crafted and targeted. By categorizing boating safety information, users are able to locate information that pertains to their on the water activity and find suggestions and useful tips on the best type of safety equipment and practices for them.There are five key messages: Don’t Drink and…