News Releases

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 …
Hi everyone,   I hope everyone is doing well given these extraordinary circumstances.   I wanted to update you on plans for our instructor courses this spring and re-certifications for those who need them.   Sail NS will deliver our scheduled Fundamental Course for new instructors online over the Easter weekend as planned. We have 11 candidates so far, so please encourage your new instructors to sign up as the course will go ahead. They can register here   Our Tune-Up / Team Racing weekend is set for May 2-3 in Hubbards. We will make the call on whether to hold that by April 20.   Sail Canada is currently looking at how provinces can run instructor clinics if self-isolation guidelines are still in place. Stay tuned.   For those instructors with recently expired instructor certifications, First Aid, and or Coach Boat Safety, Sail Canada is looking at granting an extension on those so as not to restrict instructors from teaching this summer. When I have more details on those I will send them out.   In the meantime, please, please, please, encourage your instructors to get familiar with using their CANSail profile to check expiry dates and access valuable resources.   To do so they can log in here   If they have difficulty logging in have them e-mail me at [email protected] and I can help them.   As for "When will we get the all clear for sailing programs?", for that we will wait for the Province to give the okay. Sport Nova…
Wednesday, 18 March 2020 12:22

Working From Home

Like everyone else these days, I will be working from home for the next while.You can reach me at [email protected] or by phone at 902-425-5450 ext 312. Leave a message and I will be notified by e-mail there is a message. Stay safe.  Frank
Wednesday, 12 February 2020 17:59

Sail Nova Scotia Seeks a Technical Director

Sail Nova Scotia, with funding from the Support 4 Sport Technical Leadership Employment program (TLEP) is hiring a Technical Director. The successful candidate will be responsible for working with Clubs in Nova Scotia that offer or seek to offer CANSail programs (youth and adult) and the more than 60 registered instructors and coaches. The Technical Director will work to increase participation numbers, improve the quality of instruction & coaching, and ensure that programs are providing participants a quality sport experience across all levels of the athlete development pathway. The position works to advance Sail Nova Scotia initiatives when it comes to Participation and Coaches/Instructors. The position is based in Halifax and a valid driver’s license is required.All the details can be found in the ad below.
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