News Releases

Tuesday, 21 February 2012 13:47

Flinn and Burns Qualify for Youth Worlds

Congratulations to Max Flinn and Andrew Burns from the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron who finished in 5th place at the 420 Mid-Winter Regatta which concluded in Jensen Beach, Florida on Monday. By virtue of their excellent result and their first place finish at the Canadian Youth Championships in 2011, the duo has now qualified to represent Canada at the 2012 ISAF Youth World Sailing Championships in Sligo, Ireland this summer.Other RNSYS sailors at the 420 Mid-Winters were Allie Surrette and Ali Tenhove who finished 55th and Jake Megaffin and Taylor Shaw who finished in 83rd position.The teams were coached at the event by Agustin Ferrario.Full regatta results can be found here.
Tuesday, 21 February 2012 13:31

CANSail Symposium Held in Nova Scotia

The weekend of February 18-19 brought together Learn to Sail Directors, Learning Facilitators and Sailing Instructors from across the province to learn more about the new CYA CANSail program which in Nova Scotia will be rolled out in 2013.Dr. David Telles-Langdon, from the University of Winniped presented 5 Professional Development sessions to attendees, while Jen Braem from Victoria BC spoke about the resources which will accompany the new program including the Instructor Resource Packs and Checklists. Sarah Case from the Canadian Yachting Association spoke about the program as well specifically how it was developed with the Long Term Sailor Development model in mind. She also provided details on the new Community Coach program.
Monday, 06 February 2012 13:48

Will Apold and SMSC Recognized at CYA Awards

The Rolex CYA Awards were held in Toronto on Saturday, February 4 and two Nova Scotians were recognized.Will Apold, a member of both the Bedford Basin Yacht Club and Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron, was named the 2012 Gerry Roufs Offshore Sailor of the Year for winning the Marblehead to Halifax yacht race in July. He was the first Canadian to win the race in the modern era. St. Margaret Sailing Club was awarded the Chisholm Trophy for Excellence in Race Management for their efforts hosting the 2011 CYA National Sailing Championships. Attending the event on behalf of SMSC was Dave Lane.
Monday, 30 January 2012 13:31

Danielle Dube Qualifies for London Olympics

Danielle Dube from the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron and St. Margaret Sailing Club has qualified to represent Canada in the Laser Radial class at the 201 London Olympic Games. In the photo she is celebrating with a bottle of champagne and Erin Rafuse.This news was featured on the front page of the Chronicle Herald. Read the full story here. Several other Nova Scotia sailors had oustanding results at the Miami Olympic Class Regatta. They included: Paul Tingley - 2nd place in the 2.4mR class.Brendan Wilton 6th in the FinnLisa Ross 12th in the RadialErin Rafuse 36th in the RadialJacob & Graham Chaplin-Saunders 19th in the men's 470 classDana Archibald & Karen Filbee-Dexter 13th in the women's 470 classFull results in all classes can be found here.
Monday, 23 January 2012 13:55

NS Sailors Vie for Olympic Team Spots

Several Nova Scotia Sailors are competing this week at the Miami Olympic Class Regatta which is the final qualifying event for sailors hoping to earn a spot on the Canadian Sailing Team that will compete this August in London. In the Radial Class, Lisa Ross, Erin Rafuse both from RNSYS and Danielle Dube from St. Margaret Sailing Club will try and unseat Isabella Bertold of Vancouver for the Radial spot in London. Brendan Wilton, RNSYS will compete in the Finn with Dana Archibald, Karen Filbee Dexter and Graham and Jacob Chaplin-Saunders competing in the 470 class. Paul Tingley, fresh off his 3rd place finish at the 2012 Disabled Sailing World Championships will compete in the 2.4mR class. Follow all the results here
Monday, 21 November 2011 13:22

Wanted: Mobile Sailing Instructors

The NSYA is now accepting applications from instructors for summer positions with the Mobile Sailing Program which will travel throughout Nova Scotia in summer 2012. Full details about the program can be found here. The job ad for instructors can be found here.Any questions, please contact Frank Denis, NSYA Executive Director at [email protected]  
The NSYA is now seeking expressions of interest from communities across Nova Scotia to host the NSYA Mobile Sailing School in summer 2012. The program will run for 7 weeks and visit a community for a minimum of one week. The program has been extremely popular in the past and we expect that to continue next year as well.For complete details about the NSYA Mobile Sailing School click here.To express interest, please send a note to Frank Denis, NSYA Executive Director at [email protected] no later than the first week of December.
Saturday, 19 November 2011 18:44

NSYA Annual Awards Presented

The Nova Scotia Yachting Association held its annual awards ceremony on Saturday, November 19 to recognize the best in the sport in 2011. Sailor of the Year was Will Apold (pictured on left with NSYA President Dwayne Primeau) who became the first Canadian to win the Marblehead Ocean Race last summer. Offshore Sailor of the year went to Hal Davies posthumously. Mr. Davies contributed significantly to Offshore racing in Nova Scotia including being a founding father of the Halifax – ST. Pierre Ocean Race. Female Sailor of the Year was Lisa Ross who continues to be one of the best Laser Radial Sailors in the country as she prepares to earn a spot on the Canadian Sailing Team that will compete at the 2012 Olympic Games. Male Sailor of the Year went to Dave DeWolfe. Mr. DeWolfe was instrumental in incorporating the world renowned Royal Yachting Association program into Nova Scotia.Youth Sailors of the Year were Max Flinn and Andrew Burns who captured the National Youth Championships in the 420 class. Youth Sailors of the year went to Andrew Burns and Max Flinn who captured the National Youth Championships in the 420 Class. Leagcy Fund Award winners were Karen Filbee-Dexter and Dana Archibald who continue to train and compete in the 470 class to earn a spot on the Canadian Sailing Team and a berth at the 2012 Olympic Games. The Nova Trophy Community Coach Award went to Laura MacKillop from the Bras d’Or Yacht Club. The WOW! Women On…
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.