News Releases

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…
Tuesday, 04 September 2018 12:04

We Are Sailors...Allie Surette & Max Flinn

With visions of gold dust dancing in their heads, Allie and Max, are in an all-out campaign to make it to the starting line of the 2020 Olympics in Japan. Representing Canada, Allie and Max will be in the Nacra 17 Class as it’s the only male/female fleet in sailing. As catamarans go, the Nacra 17 has always been fast with its knife shaped hulls, but is now a foiling boat which they find very exciting. To be truly successful the team must be committed to their commitment and to each other. National coach and three time Olympian Krzysztof Kierkowski (Poland) provides the on water training 5 days per week. Accompanied by intense on water training the duo are working with the Canadian Sport Center Atlantic fitness trainer on a 4 day a week gym routine. Extra sessions for massage and physiotherapy and sport psychology are also provided. “As athletes we are only as good as the team behind us and we are extremely lucky to have such an amazing support system” Along with intense training intense, financing such an ambitious project is equally important and is admittedly their largest challenge. “Sometimes Allie and I spend so much of our time fundraising and sitting behind a desk we don’t feel like athletes.”   To offset the financial worries Allie and Max are thrilled to be pioneers of a foiling Nacra.   The SurretteFlinn team is in a race against the world to figure out the boat in time to get to the starting…
On Saturday October 27th a Club Judge Seminar and test will be given in the Sport Nova Scotia Building, 5516 Spring Garden Road.  The club judge seminar and test are prerequisites for certification.  The seminar will start at 0900 (0830 check-in) and run until 1600.  The seminar fee is $10.00, HST included. On Saturday and Sunday, November 3/4  a Regional/National Judge seminar will given in the Sport Nova Scotia Building.  This seminar covers more advanced topics than the Club Judge Seminar and is intended for experienced candidates interested in  Regional or National Judge certification.  The seminar will start at 0900 (0830 check-in) and run until 1600 each day.  The seminar fee is $20.00, HST included.  Club Judges who are renewing their certification may take the RJ/NJ Seminar in lieu of the Club Judge Seminar, but new Club Judge candidates must take the Club Judge Seminar. Applications should be submitted to the Sail Nova Scotia office before Friday October 12.  Joining instructions and pre-seminar reading materials and exercises will be sent to registrants prior to the seminars.
Thursday, 23 August 2018 12:49

Adler Wins Canadian Opti Championships

Congratulations to Noah Adler from RNSYS for winning the Canadian Opti Championships which wrapped up yesterday in Squamish, BC. Noah was coached by Flor Siccardi. This marks the 3rd year in a row that a NS sailor has captured the Canadian Opti Title. Full results here
Monday, 13 August 2018 18:30

Anderson Finishes 5th in Poland

Dziwnow, Poland -  Today Ryan Anderson, a 16-year old laser radial sailor from the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron, finished 5th overall at the 2018 Europa Cup Dziwnow, Poland (Aug 11-13), capturing a bronze medal in the U19 division. He was top Canadian at the regatta. Following a six-day training camp in Puck, Poland with four other Canadian Laser Radial Class athletes, Ryan put a consistent eight-race series together over the three days of the Europa Cup Poland. Ryan will now travel to Kiel, Germany for the 2018 World U19 Laser Radial Class Championships (Aug 18-25 ) where 385 athletes are expected to test the Baltic waters.Last December, Ryan represented Canada in the Laser Radial finishing 15th at the World Youth ( U19) Sailing Championships in Sanya, China where 51 countries were represented.Coaching Ryan in Europe along with four fellow Canadians is former Laser Radial World Championship silver medalist, Polish National, Alek Arian.Laser Europa Cup - Poland Results ( scroll down to third division ( Laser Radial ) 
The demographics of sailing are changing and more women are getting involved and are often rooted in sibling bonds. That is the case of Lorna Bennett and her sister Sheliah Tulloch who currently call the Bedford Basin Yacht Club (BBYC) their home base. From a young age Lorna and Sheliah were introduced to sailing by their father who in the late 70’s when he was commodore of the Dobson Yacht Club. During Henry’s tenure, the DYC membership took on the project of building a fleet of sailing prams for the local children. His daughters took to sailing immediately despite their fear of falling into Sydney Harbour and attained all of their White Sail badges. As time progressed the girls had their own pram “212” which was often seen plying the waters of the Bras d’or Lakes on many summer vacations. As their skill progressed a Flying Junior joined the family and often became an unofficial entrant for racing in Baddeck. It was in this vessel that Lorna received her first lesson in “Set and Drift” as on one occasion she took the boat to relieve some stress and sailed triumphantly from her home port only to find that she couldn’t sail against the current to get home. Unknowing to Lorna, Dad “the stressor” was watching the misadventure unfold and called his friend to tow her home. To make matters worse for an embarrassed a frustrated Lorna, dad had a great laugh as he gave her the “I told you so”…
Noah Adler, an Opti Sailor from RNSYS captured the first Provincial title of the season winning the U16 Championship which was part of ARK Regatta in Bedford last weekend.More than 120 sailors took part in the regatta which saw a  number of NSST Prospect Team athletes post great results.In the Laser full rig Ben George won gold beating out 8 others while Ryan Andreson finished first in the 25 boat Radial fleet. In the I420 fleet Jack Gogan teamed up with David Frost to win the title. Full ARK 2018 Regatta results can be found here
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