News Releases

Wednesday, 24 April 2019 16:34

5 NS Athletes Named to Canadian Sailing Team

Sail Canada announced the 2019 Canadian Sailing Team today and of the 28 members, 5 are from Nova Scotia. Earning positions on the team are; Luke Ruitenberg a Laser sailor from St. Margaret's Bay. The sister team of Georgia and Antonia Lewin-LaFrance of Chester are 49er FX sailors. And Max Flinn from Chester and Allie Surrette from St. Margaret's Bay competing in the Nacra 17 class. All the sailors race out of the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron. Congratulations to these 5 outstanding sailors.  
Tuesday, 23 April 2019 09:16

I Am A Sailor...Ed Trevors

To sail what is arguably the most popular Canadian designed, high-performance dinghy, the Laser demands slow deliberate movement in light air and quick acrobatic manoeuvres in heavy air. With a LOA of 13’9 and beam or 4’7, its tiny cockpit is better suited for a teenager or small adult.   When I took sailing lessons on the Glenmore Reservoir in Calgary my instructor, Jim, was 6’1 and I remember him saying the Laser is perfect for a guy like “Big Jim”.   But Jim was a sailing instructor with many years of dinghy sailing experience. Ed Trevors is 6’3 with no experience. In his younger years, Ed was an avid basketball and volleyball player but as he aged the body just couldn't take that kind of high tempo every day. Ed’s path to sailing was paved by his daughter Maya as he watched her fall in love with the sport while taking lessons at the Shelburne Harbour Yacht Club (SHYC) .   At about that time Ed was invited to crew for a friend at the East Coast Albacore Championships and the rigors of racing got him hooked on a new passion and he soon purchased a used Laser. “I’m about 6’3 and when I started I really filled out my wetsuit-I was a bit over 250lbs. Being in the cockpit was not an easy place to be.” Lumbering in light air Ed usually found his Laser Radial on top of him but his sense of humour and perseverance has helped immensely…
Congratulations to Savannah Taylor, Elsie Gillis, Ryan Anderson, Moritz Heidenreich, and David Frost for being named to team Canada that will compete at the 2019 Youth World Sailing Championships this summer in Poland. The team will be lead by RNSYS head coach Agustin Ferrario. See the full release here 
Thursday, 11 April 2019 09:28

Statement Re Metro Regatta 2019

Sail Nova Scotia, who has organized Metro Regatta over the Natal Day weekend for the past three years has issued the following statement regarding the 2019 event. We believe this new direction will only benefit racing in the Metro Halifax area. If you have any questions or comments please direct them to Frank Denis, Sail NS Executive Director at [email protected]  
Tuesday, 09 April 2019 11:48

Lisa Ross, New Technical Director

We may have 20 cm of snow on the ground, but to help cheer you up Sail Nova Scotia has some exciting news to share.   Lisa Ross, our former Provincial Team Coach began a new role with the Association as Technical Director earlier this week.   This new position will see Lisa working with our Learn to Sail Clubs, coaches and instructors throughout the year and especially in the summer months. This spring a big focus will be on helping clubs adopt the Coaching Association of Canada's Safe Sport movement which aims to make sport positive and rewarding experience for everyone. As well, she will be assisting clubs with concussion protocols, instructor professional development and launching a coach mentorship program.   While our provincial team athletes will receive coaching this season from their club coaches, Lisa will also oversee the High-Performance program.   Lisa can be reached by e-mail at [email protected]   Please join me in welcoming Lisa in her new role as Technical Director.
Wednesday, 03 April 2019 11:56

Race Management Courses set for April & May

St. Margaret Sailing Club is hosting three Race Management course this April and May. The courses are; Mark Laying, Assistant Race Officer, and Club Race Officer. Anyone with an interest in running sailing races should atteend.Full details including times and price can be found here
Tuesday, 26 March 2019 10:56

I Am A Sailor - Holly Chisholm

Though her family is sprinkled with sailors, Holly was a bit of a late bloomer to adopt the family passion for sailing. Despite having attended sailing school at the age of 8 for a few seasons and having great memories with extended family she didn’t fill her sails until the post-teen years. But her sails took life Holly split her time sailing competitively in North Sydney Harbour and recreationally in the picturesque Brasd d'Or Lake.  “Few things are better than sailing on the Bras d'Or Lake, rafting up with friends for a BBQ and then enjoy a slow sail home” Holly is living proof that the fastest growing demographic of people new to sailing are women.   It’s been often said that no two sailing races are alike as the continuous variables are never replicated and the same can be said for leisurely day sails as well.   Thus the adventures are truly endless and that is what keeps Holly interested in sailing. It never gets boring. Considering that the sailing season is short at the best of times in our northern climes it can be a struggle to fulfil all the plans and goals one has dreamed of during the long dreary winter. When not on the water Holly is often found at the Northern Yacht Club volunteering for various successful events that NYC has become famous for.   NYC is also lucky to have Holly as a member of the newly minted Board of Directors at Sail Nova Scotia.   In…
International sporting events increase tourism and contribute to economic growth in Atlantic Canada. They provide opportunities to promote the area in world markets, bring in new visitors, and help to ensure the long-term sustainability of the region’s tourism industry. That is why the Government of Canada is supporting the Shelburne Harbour Yacht Club so it can host the2019 Albacore International Championship Regatta. The week long competitive sailing and social events will be held at the Shelburne Harbour Yacht Club in Shelburne, Nova Scotia, from August 24-30, 2019. The event will bring international exposure to this historic community. The support will go towards infrastructure upgrades, marketing, skills training, and accommodations for the anticipated 500 room rentals from sailors, volunteers, and spectators.   Quotes   “The 2019 Albacore International Championship Regatta will be a great showcase for the beautiful Town of Shelburne, and for the province of Nova Scotia, as a high-caliber event destination. I’m pleased that our support will help Shelburne build on its experience and ability to host this world-class sporting event.”   -         The Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Rural Economic Development and Member of Parliament for South Shore – St. Margarets “The Town of Shelburne is pleased to partner with ACOA and the Shelburne Harbour Yacht Club to bring the 2019 Albacore International Championship to the community.This event will provide an opportunity to watch the high level Albacore racing on the third best natural harbour in the world - truly a ‘must see’ event.” -         Mayor Karen Mattatall, Town of…
Wednesday, 27 February 2019 10:29

I Am A Sailor: Chris Power

Like many people living on the coast of Nova Scotia, Chris was introduced to sailing at a relatively young age. Though he didn’t exactly take to it like a fish to water, opting for soccer in his formative years, Chris eventually fell in love with sailing.   Chris has gained a lot of knowledge on a variety of boats he’s sailed as racing crew, including his own J/ 29 Jaeger. Chris’ first job was a tender operator at South Shore Marine and then again at RNSYS where Chris often yarned with Jim Snair, owner of Sunnybrook Yachts.  Jim’s ability to spot talent zeroed in on Chris which eventually led to his successful career at Sunnybrook Yachts. In this capacity, Chris has sold over 100 power and sailboats “The most rewarding aspect of working in the boating industry is helping people realize their dream of boat ownership. You would be surprised how many people in our own backyard have never stepped foot on a powerboat or sailboat.” Chris is a big believer in ‘giving back’ to the sailing community and has served as chair of the Halifax International Boat Show and also serves on the Board of Directors for the voice of the marine industry, Boating Atlantic. Recently Chris has joined the Sail NS board with a self-imposed agenda of getting as many people as possible out on the water. “Sailing is getting people together, cruising around islands, coming in from a weeknight race with the sun setting. Is there anything better?”…
Sail Nova Scotia will hold a number of Sail Canada instructor courses this spring at clubs. Registration is now open here. Before registering be sure to make sure you know what the pre-reqs are. You can find all those here.
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