News Releases

Monday, 21 September 2020 14:45

Yacht Clubs Hurricane Preparation Plans

With Hurricane season upon us, Sail Nova Scotia connected with yacht clubs in the province to share their Hurricane Preparation Plans. Here are some of them.Armdale Yacht Club INTRODUCTION Since 2003 we have learned to not take the threat of hurricanes lightly. With this in mind the Committee of Management would like to remind Members of their responsibilities to prepare their boats for severe weather. This plan attempts to make our Club as ready as possible to withstand the force posed by hurricane winds and surge. All action taken has the over-riding priority of protecting the Armdale Yacht Club Marina and Infrastructure. In doing so, we also offer protection to the Member’s boats. Getting as much windage/weight off the marina as possible protects the marina, the boats taken off the marina and those boats remaining on the marina. Pre- and post-hurricane, the area in front of the Yard Shop will be a designated a muster area for all Staff and Members to gather. All hurricane supplies such as ropes, pumps and chains, will be located at the Yard Shop. Moving onto marinas should only be done in pairs and wearing a PDF (Personal Floatation Device). Staff will not be on site if conditions are unsafe. Marina Sweep Chain Adjustments: Staff will be responsible for coordinating and completing the adjustments of marina sweep chains prior to the arrival of a hurricane. This work will also include the installation of additional anchor blocks and chains on the most exposed Marinas. The Marine…
Tuesday, 08 September 2020 12:30

Sail NS Hiring a Provincial Skiff Coach

In partnership with the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron and Canadian Sport Centre Atlantic, Sail Nova Scotia is hiring a full time Nova Scotia Skiff coach who will coach 29ers at the Skiff Intro level and lead the Emerging Next Gen athletes in the skiff. The position is based in Halifax. Sail Nova Scotia was hoping to fill the position in early 2020, but the COVID-19 pandemic delayed plans. See the ad below.
Sail NS is leading a group made up of Metro Yacht Clubs, Develop NS, and the Port Authority to increase safety when it comes to boating in Halifax Harbour including the NW Arm and Bedford Basin. Yesterday we received word that the Port Authority has installed two No Wake buoys on the Halifax Waterfront at Bishop's Landing and Cable Wharf. The next initiatives are more signage and the development of a Safety Card with important safety information for boaters in the Harbour.
Sail Nova Scotia is excited to announce the hiring of Sophia Josenhans as our new Technical Director. From Lunenburg, Sophia has extensive experience leading sailing programs at LaHave River Yacht Club and Lunenburg Yacht Club. Sophia was also involved in Sail All which introduces schools to sailing programs.    Sophia is a Sail Canada Learning Facilitator and able to re-certify and evaluate existing instructors.   Sophia is looking forward to working with clubs on introducing more youth to the sport and most importantly retaining youth in the sport.   She will be in contact with each of the 16 youth Learn to Sail programs this week and looks forward to connecting.   She can be reached at [email protected]   Please join me in welcoming Sophia to Sail Nova Scotia.
Wednesday, 03 June 2020 12:35

Let's Go Sailing!

Sail Nova Scotia is excited to announce that many clubs are currently working hard to put together a Racing program and deliver CANSail training for youth this summer, keeping in mind of course public health measures.Contact the club in your area to see what they are offering. It won't be "business as usual" but participants should be able to learn and enjoy the sport. Sail NS is in communication regularly with club leaders about modifying programs and we have heard of some great examples.You can find the Return to Play, Competition, and Training (all as one) document  here For any questions about programming this summer please contact Frank Denis, Sail NS Executive Director at [email protected] you on the water!
Congratulations to the 4 Nova Scotia sailors who were recently named to the Sail Canada Canadian Sailing Development Squad in 2020; Georgia & Antonia Lewin-Lafrance in the 49er FX class, Luke Ruitenburg in the Laser, and Jacob Chaplin-Saunders in the 470 class. See the full team list here  
On Friday, the Province eased restrictions regarding COVID-19. The restrictions eased included allowing yacht and sailing club members to access their boats in order to prepare them for the boating season. Read the full news release here:Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, chief medical officer of health, announced today, May 1, the easing of some public health restrictions around COVID-19."We know that getting outdoors for recreation is important for people's physical and mental health," said Premier McNeil." That's why we are easing some restrictions, while still keeping the majority of our public health directives in place to continue fighting the virus. But I need to be clear: if we see an increase in positive cases or people not continuing to adhere to all the public health measures, the restrictions will return."Existing public health directives around social distancing and social gatherings remain in place. People must keep two metres apart and not gather in groups of more than five.The initial steps are:-- provincial and municipal parks can reopen, but playground equipment will continue to be off limits-- trails are allowed to open-- people are allowed to use and visit community gardens-- garden centres, nurseries and similar businesses can open-- sportfishing is permitted from shore or boat, but fishing derbies are not allowed-- people can attend boating, yacht or sailing clubs for the purpose of preparing boats for use-- golf driving ranges can open, including those at golf clubs, but the course must remain closed; golf clubs can perform necessary maintenance…
UPDATE: These courses are now full. We were expecting up to 20 and in the first 48 hours reached 50! We will explore adding more candidates and even another weekend of Race Management Courses. Any new information will be posted on our website here. Sail Nova Scotia was all set to hold our annual Sail Canada Race Official Courses April 18 & 19 at Bedford Basin Yacht Club. However,  in-person courses are not possible this year.    Working with the club and the Race Management Course Conductor Dan Conrod, we are excited to offer the courses virtually with Sail Nova Scotia covering all the costs. This means the courses are free for anyone interested! The costs can usually run $75 - $150 per person.   We can accommodate as many people as interested. Those with current certification who are looking to get back up to speed before the racing season starts are welcome to join.   Here is the schedule.   Sail Canada Assistant Race Officer Course - Saturday, April 18 from 9 am - 1pmSail Canada Club Race Officer Course - Saturday, April 18 1 - 4 pm & Sunday, April 19  9am - 4pm   The meeting will be hosted using Zoom.   If you're interested in this great opportunity please e-mail [email protected] by Thursday, April 16 and we will add you to the list. All candidates will also receive a link to the current Sail Canada Race Management manual (2016 - 2020).
Wednesday, 01 April 2020 12:50

COVID-19 Sailors Q&A

Sail Nova Scotia is committed to ensuring the health and safety of our member clubs, schools, sailors, staff, volunteers and stakeholders as well as every Nova Scotian in the communities where we live, work and play. We recognize that these are difficult times for all the clubs and their members, and we are here to support you while ensuring we are following the recommendations from the Department of Health & Wellness.  We continue to monitor the situation closely and to review the impact it will have on our sailing community.   We are actively liaising between our membership, government and our stakeholders to communicate the best available information during these unprecedented times.  We have created this page to answer some of the questions boaters have as we approach the 2020 season. If you have a question please share it with [email protected] and we will add it to this page and provide an answer. On Friday, May 1 the Province eased some restrictions. How does it affect yacht clubs?The first phase of the easing of restrictions allows for yacht clubs and marinas to open to allow members to prepare their boats, however, the State of Emergency is still in effect and social-distancing must be respected. Read the full news release from the province here New Question: If I don't or can't check on my boat at the yacht club is my insurance void if I need to submit a claim for damage?We posed that question to Andrew Robertson, Senior Vice-President of Gallagher Skippers'…
Tuesday, 31 March 2020 15:17

COVID-19 Links to Information

Sail Nova Scotia recognizes that during these trying times accessing information can be challenging and difficult to find. On this page we will post links to important information for sailing clubs, sailing instructors and sailors in Nova Scotia. If you would like to see something added to this page, please send a note to [email protected] Sail Canada Information Return to Sailing, Competition, and Training Changes to Sail Canada Instructor Certification Policy Province of Nova Scotia Province of Nova Scotia State of Emergency Sport Nova Scotia Tips to Keep You Happy & Healthy During the Pandemic Government of Canada Resources The Government of Canada recently announced three emergency funding programs that yacht clubs may be interested in. Thanks to Boating Atlantic for compiling the following information. FEDERAL BUSINESS AID  Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy   The federal government has released the details of the new Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy, which would cover 75% of the first $58,700 normally earned by employees (up to a maximum benefit of $847 per week). Below are the key details for your business: Eligible employers include individuals, taxable corporations (including non-resident corporations operating in Canada), and partnerships consisting of eligible employers as well as non‑profit organizations and registered charities.  To claim the benefit, employers will need to show at least a 30% drop in gross revenues in March, April, or May compared to the same month in 2019 — see table below: Wage Subsidy — Eligibility PeriodsPeriod 1     March 15–April 11March 2020 over March 2019Period 2 …
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