News Releases

Tuesday, 26 June 2018 09:44

I Am A Sailor...Cameron Sullivan

Cape Breton, the jewel of Nova Scotia, is known to be short on population but long on talent.  One has to look no further than Natalie McMaster, Rankin Family, Barra MacNeils, the late Rita McNeil,  Matt Minglewood or Al MacInnis as examples of individuals from small town Cape Breton that have made a big splash in larger locales.   Cameron Sullivan, a young Cape Breton sailor has the potential to do just that.   Though he’s only in grade 6 Cameron has been quite mobile as he’s already in his 5th school and currently living in Calgary.  Like a lot of Bluenoser’s living out west, Nova Scotia will always be home and his three years of lessons at the Mabou Sailing Club is serving him well at the Calgary Yacht Club.   Cameron made his first appearance at the Calgary Yacht Club’s Icebreaker Regatta June 1-3 and finished 2nd in his class with 3 bullets, 5 seconds and two 3rd place finishes.  As I can personally attest to the high calibre of sailing in southern Alberta these results say a lot about the Mabou Sailing Club.  From his first sailing lesson Cameron stood out to his coaches to be an enthusiastic albeit nervous student but always showed up with a huge smile.  With determination and coaching he overcame his initial fears of falling off the boat and now excels in his skill.  “Some people are really good at certain things, and others are really good at other things.  Everyone’s good at something”  
Sail Canada in partnership with Sail Nova Scotia and the Canadian Sport Centre Atlantic is excited to welcome Krzysztof Kierkowsk in the role of Sail Canada Next Gen Double Handed Coach.    Coach Krzysztof, from Poland, is a 2-time Olympian, and Polish National Sailing Team alumni. He has extensive experience in the sport and has coached many sailors, including Team Norway at the 2016 Rio Olympics in the FX class.    Kyzysztof will be located in Halifax, Nova Scotia where he will be working with a number of Next Gen Athletes but will also be travelling across Canada to work with Double Handed athletes and Coaches across Canada.   “We are excited to be working with Krzysztof as he coaches Next Gen athletes in the 29er, 49er, FX and Nacra classes. He will be a great asset to Canadian sailors, helping them develop the necessary skills to progress to the next stage of their sailing careers” stated Mike Milner, Sail Canada High Performance Director.
Under warm and sunny, with some clouds, more than 260 sailors and 42 boats took part in the annual Sail Nova Scotia Boxing Rock Cup Race in Halifax Harbour on Saturday, June 9. The annual race, which has been around for more than 45 years always draws a great crowd.Full results are posted here.
Tuesday, 29 May 2018 14:05

I Am A Sailor ~ April Hubbard

All too often we judge each other or our own self-worth on accomplishments, titles, and letters behind our name or numbers in our bank account.  But the reality is a person’s impact on others is the defining factor.   As a pioneer in the adaptable sailing movement I can say with confidence that all the volunteers that make the program function are true impact players.   April Hubbard of Sail Able NS is a true impact player. Her journey began at the annual Sail Able BBQ in 2006 in an effort to meet other wheelchair users who were living active lives.  “I have met many amazing individuals who are living their dreams while embracing their disability rather than overcome it.”   On her inaugural sail the wind breathed life into her sails both literally and figuratively.  A whole new world opened up for April as it was the first time in years that she had a moment of power over a disease that attacked her body.  “For years I was only seen as a disabled person.  No one believed I could take care of myself let alone anything else.  On my first day with Sail Able, they had no doubt about my abilities and trusted me to sail a Martin 16. Their faith in me gave me the confidence to start believing in myself.” As a measure to give back to a program that has given her so much April has taken on the role of writing grant applications and running fundraising campaigns…
Sail Canada recently announced the 2018 Canadian Sailing Team and it consists of 5 Nova Scotia athletes. Paul Tingley and Erin Rafuse are on the National Team while 3 are included on the Canadian Sailing Development Squad. Those athletes are Luke Ruitenberg, Georgia Lewin-LaFrance, Madeline Gillis and Erin Rafuse.For a list of all the athletes go here
Thursday, 01 March 2018 10:50

Race Officials Courses Set for April 13-15

Sail Nova Scotia will be offering the following Sail Canada Race Officials courses the weekend of April 13-15 at the Mahone Bay Community Centre in Mahone Bay.Courses offered are Mark Laying Course, Assistant Race Officer and Club Race Officer. The cost of the three courses in $100 or $50 for an individual course. The Courses will be led by Peter van Muyden an International Race Officer and co-taught by Dan Conrod. This is a great opportunity to get people at your club certified to run races! Hours will be Friday: 6pm - 10pm, Saturday & Sunday, 9am - 4pm. Registration is now open here If you wish to register for a course individually please contact Frank at the Sail Nova Scotia office. [email protected]
Monday, 22 January 2018 10:14

Nova Scotian Sailors Win National Awards

Sail Nova Scotia is thrilled to hear that a number of NS sailors will be recognized with national Sail Canada awards! Congratulations Madeline & Georgia on being named Female Youth Sailors of the Year, Luke Ruitenberg on being named Canadian Sailing Team Rookie of the Year and the five Nova Scotians who race on Team Triple Lindy who won the Gerry Roufs Offshore Sailors of the Year award. For the complete list, go here awards will be presented March 2 in Toronto.
Wednesday, 03 January 2018 13:50

Wanted: Double Handed Next Gen Coach

The Canadian Sport Centre Atlantic in partnership with Sail Canada and Sail Nova Scotia is hiring a Next Generation (Next Gen) coach to work with identified Next Gen athletes in the Nacra, 49er and 49er FX classes as well as 29er classes. The position will be located in Halifax, Nova Scotia but the candidate will be expected to travel to other parts of Canada and occasionally to international events.  The candidate will be employed by the Canadian Sports Centre Atlantic but will work directly within the Sail Canada HP System supporting both national team and Next Gen athletes who have been identified by Sail Canada to have podium potential within 6 to 10 years and are identified as a Next Gen Emerging or Development Athlete in the Sail Canada Gold Medal Pathway.For all the details see the attachment below.
Tuesday, 02 January 2018 11:16

Mobile Instructors Wanted

Sail Nova Scotia is looking to hire 2 Sail Canada registered instructors in the summer of 2018 to deliver sailing programs to youth with our Mobile Sailing School Program. Instructors will be provided a rental vehicle and will not be required to tow the equipment. Prospective communities in 2018 are Antigonish, Grand Narrows, Pictou, Grand Lake and Ketch Harbour. Below is the job ad. The application deadline is January 26, 2018.
Thursday, 21 December 2017 19:57

Novi Sailors in Sydney-Hobart Race

While most Nova Scotian sailors are settling in for Christmas, 6 are preparing for the Sydney - Hobart Race aboard Triple Lindy. Sailing are L-R Sean McDermott, Rory MacDonald, Sandy MacMillan, John MacKay, Rob Trainor, & Will MacKay. (usual crew member Patrick LaRoche is at home with family). They are sailing on Triple Lindy a Cookson 50. Follow the boat throughout the race on Twitter @3lindyoffshore and at triple-lindy.comHere is what the crew was up to todayThis is the 14th day of practice for some of the crew. We head out tonight for an overnight 24 hour practice. The boat, an all-carbon Cookson 50 footer is a real machine. We hit 21 knots in a 25 knot gust, very cool. The race starts near 13:00 on Boxing Day, or Christmas evening in Nova Scotia near 21:00. It is live-streamed to more than a million viewers online. There are over 2,500 spectator boats which makes for a bit of a zoo. Cheers and Merry Xmas - Sean
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