News Releases

With our announcement yesterday that we have won the bid to host the 2022 49er, 49erFX, and Nacra 17 World Championships, our attention turns to hiring a General Manager to lead the event. We hope to have someone in place in May 2021 through October 2022. The deadline to apply for this position is Monday, April 26. If you're interested please see the job ad below.  
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!
Wednesday, 24 March 2021 08:41

New Halifax Boaters Guide Just Released

Through the efforts of the Halifax Harbour Safety committee comprised of; Develop Nova Scotia, Sail Nova Scotia, Port of Halifax, Halifax Regional Police, Coast Guard, Transport Canada and Metro Yacht/Sailing Clubs, we are proud to present a new Halifax Boating Guide. The new 2 page guide provides helpful information for all recreational boaters who use the Harbour, Northwest Arm, and Bedford Basin such as: - Low-Wake areas- Services Available and where (Dockage, fuel, pump out etc.)- Contact information for Metro Yacht Clubs- VHF channels to monitor and Emergency contact info- Speed restricted areas such as downtown waterfront and NWA- Hazard areas to avoid- Other helpful information for all boaters We hope to distribute hard copies this spring so look for copies at your yacht club. Wishing everyone a safe boating season in 2021!
Wednesday, 24 February 2021 13:33

NS Sea School Joins Sail Nova Scotia

A big welcome to Sail Nova Scotia's and Sail Canada's newest member the Nova Scotia Sea School! The Sea School has been around for 27 years and promotes the Maritime tradition of boats and the sea as a means for young people to learn the values that seafaring has taught for generations including; leadership, courage, responsibility, and Cooperation. Offering programs primarily for teenagers, the adventure experiences transform how the participants see themselves and the world around them Programs are offered on 30-foot expedition vessels for extended periods of time on the ocean. Full details about the Nova Scotia Sea School and its programs can be found here.Welcome Aboard Nova Scotia Sea School!   
Tuesday, 23 February 2021 11:12

Sail NS AGM on April 11 - Official Notice

Sail Nova Scotia will host its 2021 Annual General Meeting on Sunday, April 11 beginning at 7:00 pm Halifax time. The meeting will be held virtually on the Zoom platform. Commodores have all received the Zoom link and if you are interested in attending please reach out to your Club Commodore or Sail Nova Scotia [email protected] All the meeting materials will be posted on our website when they are ready. You can find the page with all the materials here https://www.sailnovascotia.ca/about-us/annual-general-meeting.html  
Sail Nova Scotia has produced a Board of Directors Nomination package for those interested in joining the Sail Nova Scotia Board of Directors. The Director Nomination Package will assist you in understanding Sail Nova Scotia, the Board and culture as well as to support your completion of the nomination process.The application deadline for Board Nominations is February 28, 2021. The AGM will be held on Zoom on Sunday, April 11 at 7pm. Please take a look at the package below and if you are interested please complete pages 10-14 and return them to [email protected] by February 28.  
Sail Nova Scotia and the Canadian Sport Centre Atlantic (CSCA) are excited to announce Stephen Waldie as the provincial skiff development coach.  Stephen brings 15 years of high-performance experience as an athlete and a coach to his new role. Hailing from Montreal, Stephen will be working with Club Race Team coaches across the province and leading the Nova Scotia Sailing Team program.  Stephen will be joining a team of CSCA coaches which includes national coaches such as Jack Hanratty (Rugby Canada), Patrick Cody (Row Canada), Kevin McIntyre (Atlantic Division of Canoe Kayak Canada), Csom Latorowvski (Canoe Kayak Canada), and Kryzysztof Kierkowski (Sail Canada).      Stephen is looking forward to growing the base of sailing athletes in Canada and encouraging young sailors to pursue high-performance racing.  “I am passionate about sailing as a competitive sport, and my goal is always to inspire more young people to pursue high-performance sailing,” said Waldie.  Stephen was the coach for Team Canada at the 2018 and 2019 Youth Worlds and named the Quebec Sailing Coach of the Year in 2019.  “All of us at Sail Nova Scotia are excited to have Stephen Waldie join our team. We are looking forward to seeing the impact he will have on athletes and coaches in the sailing community,” said Frank Denis, Sail Nova Scotia Executive Director. Stephen’s official start date with Sail Nova Scotia is February 1, 2021.  For more information please contact Frank Denis, Sail Nova Scotia Executive Director [email protected]
Thursday, 19 November 2020 11:28

Chris Harrington - BBYC Volunteer of the Year

Meet Chris Harrington - BBYC's wonderful Volunteer of the Year!Chris has been the kind of volunteer you could really count on in 2020. He cared about the members' experience during this difficult season. Chris was instrumental in the club experiencing a very positive summer by engaging members in activities during these trying Covid times. His insight and enthusiasm for keeping our members engaged and united created many opportunities for us to be innovative and create safe and engaging activities. Chris was always there to lend a helping hand whether it be repurposing furniture to create a wonderful outdoor seating area, or organizing a take-out lobster supper. Chris takes the time to help his fellow boaters and club staff members and cares about new member experiences and making BBYC members feel welcome. Chris has dedicated many hours in 2020 to BBYC. He oversaw the completion of the fuel dock, repaired equipment and fixed the learn to sail dock. He could even be found mowing the lawn. His leadership stood out during a very challenging year as we grappled with Covid -19 restrictions. For these reasons and more we nominate Chris as volunteer of the year 2020 for BBYC.
Hubbards Sailing Club would love to nominate Maria Fitzgerald for Sail Nova Scotia’s Shooting Star award. Maria Fitzgerald has been a joy to have around the sailing club, ever since her debut in our Wet Feet program at age 5. A regular at HSC, we happily welcome her back year after year. Maria had a busy summer, balancing work, sailing, friends, and family commitments. Despite this, she always had an encouraging word for every coach and sailor at the club. She can often be heard on the water giving a pep talk to some of the younger sailors or letting the coaches know what a great job they are doing. This summer, Maria helped address some of the unique challenges related to COVID. She was an enormous help in keeping her laser race team bubble distanced from other groups. In past years, Maria loved playing games with the Wet Feet and CANSail 1/2 groups along with showing them her laser and encouraging them to keep with the sport. It was a big change for her this year, having to keep her distance from some of the younger classes.  However, this did not dampen her enthusiasm. She adapted and found ways to communicate with the younger sailors, across bubble boundaries, keeping them happy and encouraged. This year marked Maria’s third season in the Laser 4.7. Her improvement in the boat over the past few seasons has also been a great encouragement to everyone at the club.  Unfortunately, without a regatta circuit…
One of the major issues facing sailing today is how can we transition youth sailors into keelboats as traditional pathways for this currently do not exist. This past summer Roby volunteered his time with Robb's Farr 30 and partnered with the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron Race Team to create a youth to keelboat program utilizing two Farr 30's. Participants would go out training 1-2 times a week and also have the opportunity to race on Wednesday nights as well as at the Lunenburg Welcome Back Regatta, & Fall One Design. Boats were made up of mainly all youth sailors and one older person in charge. This gave youth sailors a chance to race while traditional dinghy regattas were canceled but also an opportunity to experience keelboat racing in the region. This is a great step forward and while our race team could not travel due to COVID they were able to experience a new area of sailing with the Youth Farr 30 Race program.  For their efforts leading this great initiative, Roby Douglas and Robb Apold are the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron Volunteers of the Year.
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