News Releases

Monday, 13 October 2014 21:00

2 Nova Scotia Sailors Compete at Korea Cup

Two Halifax sailors recently returned from Korea where they competed in the 2014 Korea Cup. Emmanuel Comtois and Cam Haley sailed on the Sydney 40 U2. Held in the small fishing town of Hupo Harbor in Uljin Province (central east coast of South Korea), the seventh edition of the Korea Cup made way for some amazing sailing in the East Sea. This internationally diverse event is composed of a mix of inshore and offshore races. We were fortunate to be invited to participate in the blessing of the fleet, a traditional ceremony where offerings to the gods are made to ensure a safe sailing. Read more about it here.   
Congratulations to the St. Mary's University Sailing team for capturing the first ever Match Racing championship on Saturday.The event was held in Bedford Basin in conjunction with the 1st ever Make Waves for the IWK regatta. The format consisted of 8 races of 20 minutes in duration with three boats per team.Special thanks to the Waegwoltic Club for the use of their boats. 
Saturday, 27 September 2014 21:00

David Sapp Repeats as Opti Provincial Champ

For the second year in a row David Sapp from the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron has captured the NS Provincial Optimist Sailing Championships which wrapped up Sunday at Hubbards Sailing Club.   David beat out in 2nd place Ryan Anderson (RNSYS), and in 3rd place Jack Groves (Hubbards Sailing Club).   45 competitors took part in the 2 day event under warm and sunny skies.This was the first regatta hosted by the Club and by all accounts a tremendous success!   Full regatta results here
Monday, 08 September 2014 21:00

Machum Wins Laser Atlantic Coast Championships

Henry Machum from the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron captured the Laser Atlantic Coast Championships in late August at the regatta held in Maine.Also placing well at the Championships were Luke Ruitenberg in 4th place and Sandy Beatty in 5th.In the Laser Radial Class, Canadian Sailing Team member Corinne Peters from RNSYS finished in 3rd place overall.Complete results here
Thursday, 28 August 2014 21:00

Nominations Open for Sail NS Board

The Nominating Committee of Sail Nova Scotia is calling for nominations from interested individuals who are prepared to help shape the future of the sport of Sailing in the province. Candidates for election to the Board of Directors must be a member in good standing of a member club, other member organization.   The Board consists of the President, and fifteen Directors at large. Every year at the AGM, Board vacancies are replaced through an election by the Members.  The term of office for the President is two years and is eligible to be elected for a second term.  Directors at large serve for two years. Directors at large are eligible to be elected for a second term.    A nominating committee performs a recruiting role issuing the call for candidates and publishing the list of candidates with brief biographies.   The nominating committee are also tasked with ensuring that there is reasonable representation of regions and differing abilities amongst the candidates.   Interested persons should send their name, contact information and qualifications to Dwayne Primeau, Chair of the Nominating Committee no later than September 30 to [email protected]
Sunday, 24 August 2014 21:00

10 Great Days of Sailing in NS Wrap Up

What a great 10 days! From Chester Race Week to the Opti Nationals, capped off by a thrilling Disabled Sailing World Championships, the province shone brightly not only the national sailing scene but around the world as well.Several competitors commented not just on the wonderful sailing conditions, but also on the hospitality shown to all.While the events stretched our volunteers and race committees, not to mention resources to the max, the province shown brightly. Many thanks to everyone for making the events such a tremendous success!
Sunday, 24 August 2014 21:00

NS at Women's Keelboat Nationals

The team of Karen Fowler, Leanne Gillis, Sarah Crutcher, and Christina Scarfe competed in the middle of August at the annual National Women's Keelboat Championships and finished in 10th place in the 11 boat fleet. The regatta was held at the Pointe Claire Yacht Club in Montreal and sailed in Shark 24s, a boat the team was not used to. Skipper Karen Fowler said this about the team's experience at the regatta; "The experience was fabulous. PCYC was incredibly welcoming & accomModating. The RC did a stellar job banging off 3 races everyday. They had Shark racers on the water giving us trimming tips. It was a tight fleet by day 2. Such a good experience sailing one design with this calibre of sailors...raising our bar! Our training day saw +18kts with rain. Fri & sat were 8-14kts with sunny periods & Sunday was 15-20kts, big gusts & building all day, rain on & off. Everyone was glad to see a team from NS had made the effort to be there. I really think it is important to have at least one team from here attend yearly....would love to see 2 or 3 teams heading to this event." One of the legacies of hosting the 2013 event is Nova Scotia now has funding to support teams to travel to the Nationals every year. If you're interested, contact Sail Nova Scotia. Full regatta results can be found here
Thursday, 14 August 2014 21:00

5 Podiums at Youth Nationals for Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia sailors proved again this year that they are some of the best young sailors in the country.   At the Canadian Youth Sailing Championships which wrapped up today (August 14) in Kingston, Ontario Nova Scotia sailors posted 5 podium results.   Antonia Lewin-Lafrance was National Champion in the female radial class while in the Laser class Luke Ruitenberg from the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron won silver medal in the men's radial.   Henry Lockyer and Max Wood Westenberg, also from RNSYS were bronze medallists in the 29er class .   NS sailors also took 2 of three podium spots in the 420 class with Georgia Lewin-Lafrance & Kyla MacLennan as National Female Champions while Alyson Turner & Terra Carling-Lanteigne took home the silver medal. .   The team was coached by Agustin Ferrario at the regatta.   Full results can be found here
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 21:00

The World Is Coming to Nova Scotia

Sailors from all over the world will converge on the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron August 19-24th for the High Liner Foods IFDS Worlds 2014. Registration closes August 1st and already it is clear this will be a highly competitive week of sailing, right on our doorstep. There will be three racing circles based on the Paralympic competition boats. They are the single-person 2.4mR sailboats, the two-person keelboat SKUD-18 and the three-person Sonars. Top competitors will pre-qualify for the 2016 Rio Paralympics at this regatta. The world champions crowned in Kinsale, Ireland last summer will all return to the competition to defend their titles. The 2.4mR class winner was Heiko Kroger from Germany. Alexandra Rickham and Niki Birrell from Great Britain hold the SKUD-18 championship, and the French team of Bruno Jourdren with crew Eric Flageul and Nicolas Vimont-Vicary are the Sonar champs to beat.Kroger was actually ranked 4thin by IFDS for the 2.4 mR in rankings issued in  January 2014. And he will face all three sailors ahead of him in the rankings in Halifax - #1 Helena Lucas (GBR), #2 Bjonar Erikstad (NOR) and #3 Megan Pascoe (GBR). Kroger placed first in the most recent ISAF Sailing World Cup event in Hyeres, France in April. The competition history is strong among this group. Lucas beat out Kroger for the gold medal at the 2012 Paralympics in London. The highest ranking Canadian competitor is Bruce Miller of British Columbia, who is #10 in the IFDS rankings. The winner of the Canadian disabled sailing championship, the Mobility Cup held at the RNSYS last August, will…
Opti Sailor Nick Gentleman from the Hubbards Sailing Club became the first visually impaired sailor to compete in a dinghy regatta in Nova Scotia.Nick, who suffers from a condition known as "feber" is 12 years old and has been sailing with his family for a number of years now. He first enrolled in sailing lessons when he was 8 but Bay Wind / Sail East was his first regatta experience. He competed in the Opti Green fleet and while there were challenges he admits it was a lot of fun'I couldn't see the race marks until I got close to them so I followed others and then when I saw the mark I went off on my own before picking up others again""When the regatta finished I was really proud of myself. I can't wait to get out there and do some more racing!"Next up for Nick is the Opti Provincial Championship to be held at his home club in September.After his year in the Opti he and his coach Jim Schwartz are looking at the 420 in 2015.
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