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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.
Wednesday, 30 January 2019 13:54

I Am A Sailor: Pat Nelder

From Chester Race Week, the Halifax Boat Show, Boating Atlantic and the Indian Point Yacht Club Pat Nelder is sure involved with the sport here in Atlantic Canada!In 1999 Pat saw an advertisement for Co-ordinator of the Atlantic Trades Association and that was the beginning of her involvement with our regional marine industry.Atlantic Trades Association morphed into what we know today as Boating Atlantic, which owns the Halifax Boat Show which is produced by Master Promotions.  Boating Atlantic is responsible for producing the popular Boating Atlantic Guide which provides detailed information to Marinas and Yacht Clubs in the region.   Aside from being informative, it is also sprinkled with sailing stories from local sailors. Along with being Executive Director of Boating Atlantic, Pat is also a Board Member with the Nova Scotia Boat Builders Association and an industry representative on the National Recreational Boating Advisory Council (NRBAC) of Transport Canada Marine Safety. We are fortunate to have Pat call Nova Scotia home as she started out as a child sailing with her parents on the west coast of Scotland. After graduating university Pat found her way to working in the charter boat industry in the Caribbean. After that stint Pat found her way to the Bras d'Or Lake and transferred her Caribbean skills to a bareboat charter venture and built composite recreational power and sailboats at the Big Pond Boat Shop. Since moving to Mahone Bay, Pat has been involved in the development of the Indian Point Yacht Club and has…
Monday, 28 January 2019 19:10

AGM Set for February 9

Sail Nova Scotia is looking forward to a good turnout at our upcoming Annual General Meeting. The meeting is set to take place Saturday, February 9 at 1pm at the Halifax Boat Show which is being held at Halifax Exhibition Centre. All those who wish to attend qualify for a free pass to attend the Show that day. Just contact the office at [email protected] AGM materials can be accessed here Prior to the AGM we will host an LTS Directors / Coaches / Instructors meeting at 10:30am and following the AGM a Commodores meeting at 2pm. We look forward to seeing you all on the 9th!
Thursday, 17 January 2019 18:42

Sail NS Hiring 2 Mobile Instructors

Looking to travel across Nova Scotia delivering sailing programs to youth aged 8-12 years old? Like the thought of getting from community in a rental car? How about teaching using very well taken care and almost new equipment?If you answered and emphatic "YES" to those questions then the Sail Nova Scotia Mobile Program is for you.  The program runs over 7 weeks in July and August with a week in June to prep the program and a week in late August to wrap it all up. The deadline to apply is February 15. See the ad below!
Sail Nova Scotia is now looking for communities to host our Mobile Sailing program in July and August 2019.Now in its 10th year the Mobile Program consists of a 24 foo trailer with 6 Optis, a Coach Boat and motor and all the safety gear. It is led by two Sail Canada trained instructors. You can find all the details including dates and costs on the pdf below. Any questions, please contact Frank at the Sail Nova Scotia office.
Thursday, 03 January 2019 13:28

I Am A Sailor: Mike Evans

When Mike was young he took sailing lessons at the Bronte Yacht Club in Albacores and high-performance Fireballs.   Along with that Mike also had the advantage of having command of his own Bombardier 3.8 before the age of 10.   Having served in the Royal Canadian Airforce as a pilot, Mike has been able to transfer his skill set from flying to sailing. The theory of flying and sailing are similar but Mike’s expertise as a pilot allows him further insight to aerodynamics of sails and wings. “They both depend on airflows and a sailboat has sails that must be handled correctly just like the wing controls of an aircraft. Having an aviation background definitely gains insight into things like what sail shape will work best and turn that into speed.”   Another similarity to flying that benefits Mike is that both are airplanes and sailboats are operated by small crews to either complete a mission or sail a race. Proper crew chemistry is an important ingredient for success. Jumping ahead to 2012 Mike started racing with fellow Nova Scotia sailor Matt Stokes in Korea. That year they represented Canada at the Korea Cup while working with the Korean Sailing Federation. This was the start of a domino effect that led to Mike participating in the Yellow Sea Race and in 2018 China Cup in Hong Kong and Phuket Cup.   This month Mike is headed to participate in Macao Race Week. Though English is predominate among Asian cultures, communication onboard can sometimes…
Monday, 26 November 2018 14:12

I Am A Sailor: President Jeff Nelson

When Jeff Nelson had his inaugural sail at the Bedford Basin Yacht Club in 1982 little did he know he would have a career in sailing.   Honing his skill at the Nepean Sailing Club in Ottawa Jeff served as both sailing director and Commodore. Answering the call to Nova Scotia, Jeff re-located to Halifax and made the Armdale Yacht Club his new Port o’ Call. At AYC Jeff took up the familiar role of sailing director and eventually Sail Nova Scotia invited Jeffrey to join the Board of Directors. From there Jeff transitioned from crew to take the helm of Sail Nova Scotia. In his role as President of Sail Nova Scotia, Jeff takes great pride in his crew and is quick to deflect any and all credit to his colleagues.    The latest of which is the partnership with Sail Canada enabling Sail Nova Scotia to acquire highly touted double handed coach, Kristoph Kierkowski to assist double-handed athletes to compete at the Olympic level. Aside from Olympic competition, Jeff wishes to promote sailing to Nova Scotia families as an inexpensive lifestyle.  “There are a lot of sports available to Nova Scotians but sailing is one of the few where families can enjoy the sport and the lifestyle together. Most people do not really appreciate how affordable and rewarding sailing can be.” As Sail Nova Scotia charts a new course to the future with Jeff at the helm the philosophy of a fun and relaxing lifestyle is an added destination. The hybrid…
Monday, 19 November 2018 14:33

Sail Nova Scotia Awards 2018

Sail Nova Scotia held its 2018 Awards on Friday night at the Halifax Central library.   Sailor of the Year went to Tim Woodford originally from Baddeck, but now living in Liverpool. Woodford finished 3rd at the Laser Grand Master World Championships in the summer.Other winners were:Female Sailors of the Year: Georgia Lewin LaFrance & Madeline GillisMale Sailor of the Year: Ryan AndersonYouth Sailors of the Year: Noah Adler, Jackson Macaulay, & Savannah TaylorOfficial of the Year: Warren NethercoteRegatta of the Year: Mobility CupOffshore Sailor of the Year: Judy RoberstonCoach of the Year: Meghan HenneberryInstructor of the Year: Ashley AnthonyVolunteer of the Year: Colin & Ian Mann and Windward CrewWomen on Water award: Kim HatcherLegacy Fund Award: Ryan AndersonPerseverance Award: Gerry Giffin  
Tuesday, 02 October 2018 18:15

Sailing Conference Set for November 17

Sail Nova Scotia is excited to announce the line-up for our one-day Sailing Conference set for Saturday, November 17 from 9 - 3:30 pm at Citadel High School in Halifax. Cost is $30 per person which includes lunch, a small gift from Sail NS (no not a pen) and a chance to win some great Helly Hansen gear.The Conference is open to anyone with an interest in sailing in the province including instructors, coaches, volunteers, keelboat racers, Club Managers, etc. Anyone and everyone is welcome.Our keynote speaker Nevin Sayre is an excellent presenter who will give you some great tips on improving your youth sailing programs and all programs at your home club. Nevin is travelling from Martha's Vineyard to join us.Registration is open here and you can view the Conference line-up and schedule on the left.We look forward to seeing everyone on the 17th of November.
Tuesday, 02 October 2018 12:54

I Am A Sailor, Sydney Peach

Sydney Peach was often found playing baseball, hockey, swimming or playing with her friends before adding sailing to her repertoire.   Looking from the shores of Grand Lake Sydney (12) would sometimes see sailboats racing on the lake and thought it looked like fun. Shortly afterwards she was enrolled in the Sail Nova Scotia Mobile Sailing School program at the CANSail 1 level hosted by the Grand Lake Yacht Club and quickly became a proficient dinghy sailor. Every now and again a young sailor comes along that exhibits an intangible sixth sense, whether it be a touch, a feel or some other intangible commodity.   In this case Sydney was identified to have an uncanny ability to know where the lightest of zephyrs are coming from. “They have a rule in the Mobile Program that if the instructor, Carson Murray, blows the whistle three sharp blows, the lead boat has to circle to the back of the fleet. The instructor has never had to do this before but was continually doing this for the week’s duration of the CanSail 2 course with Sydney” recalls proud father Robin. In a great father-daughter bonding moment the duo lovingly restored a Skunk 11 sailing dinghy for which Sydney now commands. With her new boat Sydney has successfully extended her sailing season beyond sail camp and occasionally helming in Tanzer 22 races with club commodore Doug Caldwell. The 12 year old has taken mid-fleet finishes against adults on Grand Lake. “The big boats get the glory…
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