The Legacy Fund was established in 1994 in memory of Paul Thomson, an elite Nova Scotian sailor who ascended from the Club racing level to become a member of the Canadian Sailing Team.
Paul was considered one of the best sailors ever to emerge from Nova Scotia. He had a competitive edge that few sailors acquire. Over the years, technical and financial support were among the numerous resources that Paul and his Soling team members Phil Gow and Stuart Flinn worked to acquire. These resources are not readily obtainable for the members of the province's competitive sailing community.
It was Paul's desire to help other sailors achieve their competitive best, boosting them to the national team level where they would have access to some funding and, more importantly, be exposed to a variety of international and world class events, enabling them to have access to that same competitive edge.
Over the years the Sail Nova Scotia has added to this fund from the legacy of other notable Nova Scotia yachtsmen including David Forsythe and Alan McLean.
Donations to the Legacy Fund are now tax-receiptable. Contact the Sail Nova Scotia office for a Donor Form
A planning committee of the Board of the Sail Nova Scotia is committed to managing and developing this Legacy Fund. The committee is comprised of the Sail Nova Scotia President, Sail Nova Scotia Executive Director, Brian Todd - Former National Team Coach, Gordie Anderson, financial advisor and former CST member, and Kathy Thomson - Paul's sister.
Anyone interested in learning more or wishing to donate to the fund is asked to contact Frank Denis, Sail Nova Scotia Executive Director at (902) 425-5450 ext 312.
Previous fund recipients have included Rachel Dennis, Andrew Childs, John Haverstock, Geoff Beck, Oliver Bone, Lisa Ross, Corinne Peters, and Jacob Chaplin-Saunders.