News Releases

Join Sail Nova Scotia and sailors & boaters from across Nova Scotia as we come together to celebrate excellence and raise some funds at the 1st annual Evening of Excellence & Fundraising. Set for Friday, November 19 at the Atlantica Hotel in Halifax the evening will feature guest speakers, the 2021 awards and much more. Tickets cost $60 each and after November 11 rise to $75 per person. Space is limited so get your tickets early. To order tickets click here.
Congratulations to Chester sailors Georgia & Antonia Lewin-LaFrance for winning the bronze medal at the 49erFX European Championships that wrapped up yesterday in Thessaloniki, Greece. The 37 boat fleet competed in 15 races over 6 days in the Greece sun and heat.  The sisters secured 3rd place by a strong showing in their first-ever medal race.The team now heads back to Nova Scotia before heading to Oman in November for the 2021 World Championships. Following that their focus will be on the 2022 World Championships which will be held in St. Margarets Bay in early September. Cheering them on in Greece was Sail NS Exceutive Director Frank Denis and President Eric Hill. The two were there along with the General Manager of the 2022 Worlds to better understand planning for the Worlds here.    
Lunenburg Yacht Club is in final preparations for hosting the 2021 Women's Provincial Keelboat Championships set for September 11-12. Racing will be in Sonars and while the event is now full, there is a waiting list. All the information can be found here Best of luck to all the competitors!  
Best of luck to Nova Scotia sailors Jacob Chaplin-Saunders and Oliver Bone and their coach Paul Tingley as they are in the final days of training in advance of the Tokyo Olympic Games.Jake and Ollie are sailing in the men's 470 class and this is their 2nd Olympic Games.While the Games begin July 23 and the sailing competition begins July 25, the first race for the men's 470 is set for Wednesday, July 28. The Medal race is set for August 4.The full sailing schedule and results can be found here.  
Tuesday, 08 June 2021 10:36

Sail Nova Scotia Launches 29er Program

Sail Nova Scotia is very excited to announce that along with the Canadian Sport Centre Atlantic we have just purchased three new Mackay 29ers and are launching a Skiff Program this summer! The program will be based at the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron and open to all Nova Scotians interested in giving the 29er a try! We'll be hosting a number of "Try-It" days this summer including from July 21-24 at St. Margaret Sailing Club, and July 28-30 at Lunenburg Yacht Club. If you would like more information about the program or to make arrangements to host a try-it-day at your club, please contact Stephen WaldieSkiff Development CoachSail Nova Scotia / Canadian Sport Centre Atlantic(514)660-SAIL(7245) [email protected]
Today the province announced its Re-Opening Plan when it comes to easing COVID-19 restrictions. This plan takes effect on June 2, 2021 at 8am. The easing of restrictions on June 2 as they pertain to sailing and boating programs are:1 - Outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people with no social distancing. This allows sailing and boating with up to 10 people.2 - There is no change to the indoor gathering limits ie. the people you live with or if you live alone you can visit one other household.3 - Training / Practice can resume provided groups, including the coach/instructor are no more than 10 people in the group. If two groups they must remain distanced.4 - Competition / Regattas are currently not permitted. In the Re-Opening Plan, you will see competition can take place only once the province reaches Phase 3. In their news briefing this afternoon the Province announced they expect to be in Phase 3 around July 1. 5- Travel is still restricted into and out of HRM and CBRM. This restriction is to be lifted the morning of June 1, 2021. Up until June 2 the following restrictions are in placeThe current Provincial Health Restrictions forbid competition including regattas and sail training of any kind to take place. However, owners can prepare, launch and use their boats at this time.When preparing and launching your boat you must follow all COVID-19 protocols such as socially distance at all times, wear a mask, regularly clean all high touch surfaces,…
Wednesday, 19 May 2021 16:38

New Nova Scotia Boating Guide Released

We’ve got a new guide to inspire our next adventures along our coastline! Thanks to Develop Nova Scotia for putting together a beautiful and very informative Nova Scotia Boating Marine Guide for those wishing to explore our wonderful province by powerboat or sailboat. The Guide includes great information about each region of the province including suggested itineraries as well as services and information about each yacht club and marina. If you're a boater here in NS this is the resource you’re really going to enjoy – many thanks to Develop Nova Scotia for creating this and making it available!
  In winter 2021 the Canadian Coast Guard moved some of the buoys in Halifax Harbour that several of our clubs use for their racing program. The buoys were moved so that bigger container ships had deeper waters in which to enter Halifax Harbour. Sail Nova Scotia contracted GeoNet to update the sheets that clubs make available to their members and you can find those for download below. Note that these sheets are NOT FOR NAVIGATION, and instead are meant to show where all the buoys are including where clubs drop their own racing marks. A special thank you to Luke Porter, Race Director at RNSYS for his help with this project. If you would like these files in pdf form or larger versions, please reach out to Sail NS [email protected]
Tuesday, 04 May 2021 08:58

Anchoring Skills for Pleasure Boaters

Sail NS is excited to present a training seminar called "Anchoring for Pleasure Boaters". Led by Michael Ernst, a Sail Canada certified Cruising Instructor and operator of Sail Mahone Bay in Nova Scotia, this hour-long presentation on Monday, May 17 at 8pm (Halifax time) will cover a number of very important anchoring topics including; anchoring under motor and sail, anchoring for beach landings, freeing a fouled anchor and more. Each topic will feature a video and then a discussion after each. Michael has led informative anchoring sessions at the Halifax Boat Show for years. This will be an opportunity to learn more about anchoring and help create a safer boating experience for you and your crew. Please register by Sunday, May 16 so we can send you the Zoom link to the presentation. The session will begin at 8pm. The cost is $25 per household. Registration is open here
The World is coming to Nova Scotia in 2022. Sail Nova Scotia is thrilled to announce that we have secured the 2022 49er, 49erFX, and Nacra 17 World Championships!   Hubbards Sailing Club will host the event in wonderful St. Margaret's Bay. We expect more than 400 sailors from 35 countries to attend the regatta which will be held in September 2022.   This will be the first world championships in NS since the 2014 Disabled Sailing World Championships.   The province has already committed $250,000 to support the event and we're hoping for support from the other levels of government.   You can read the full News Release in both English and French here. Exciting times!
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