News Releases

Wednesday, 23 October 2019 12:27

Skiff Coach Wanted

In partnership with the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron and Canadian Sport Centre Atlantic, Sail Nova Scotia is hiring a full time Nova Scotia Skiff coach who will coach 29ers at the Skiff Intro level and lead the Emerging Next Gen athletes in the skiff. The position is based in Halifax. The application deadline is November 12. See the ad below.
Tuesday, 22 October 2019 12:51

I Am A Sailor...Dionne Reid

Despite being born and bred on the beautiful island of Cape Breton, Dionne’s appetite for sailing was somewhat delayed but was wetted by a cruise on Nova Scotia’s famous Bluenose 2.   As wind breathed life into Bluenose’ sails Dionne’s ambitions were poked out of slumber and dreams of life on the water began to stir.  Sometimes life gets in the way and her time was spent seal hunting on ski-doos in the winter and riding motorcycles and mountain bikes in the summer. Along with playing softball, a regular workout regimen and attainment of two masters degrees her plate was pretty full. But the dream always there. On a one week trip to Mexico Dionne finally had the opportunity to learn the basics of sailing on a Hobie Catamaran at the resort. “It started out with him drawing lines in the sand with a stick to illustrate the concept of tacking etc. Then we went for a short sail and by the end of the week I was taking the little boat out myself and feeling quite proud of my accomplishment” A few years later destiny knocked in the form of her teaching colleague who invited Dionne to sail with him onboard Hipnautical.   A Grampian 26 with the lofty title of DYC’s 2014 Boat of the Year. Fighting through her intimidation of a larger vessel Dionne was intent on learning the ropes and helping out while intensely listening to her salty old skipper. “As a single mother of a 5 year…
Tuesday, 01 October 2019 12:33

I Am A Sailor...Murray Brown

Many years ago when I became involved with the disabled sailing movement I always had this thought in the back of my head “I love sailing but if something happened to me that wouldn’t allow me to go sailing, I’d be extremely grateful to the person that would make an effort to the person that got me out on the water” At the age of 13 Murray Brown of Halifax, Nova Scotia was introduced to sailing in a Sunfish at a YMCA camp on Lake Simcoe. A camp counselor who had a 7’10” Dutch Pram befriended Murray and together they did their best to push the pram to its limits. When Murray entered the workforce his disposable income was used to pay for what became his lifelong habit of sailing. “Once I had an annual income I spent too much money on various sailboats in Regina (Wascana Lake), Fredericton, Saint John and Halifax." Decades later Murray found that his body just couldn’t keep up with the rigors of sailing and begrudgingly traded in his freedom of sailing for a walker. After 5 long years of being landlocked on Canada’s Ocean Playground Murray was introduced to Sail Able NS while attending a lecture by Kevin Penny and Paralympic sailor Paul Tingley. One night in the dead of winter, at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Murray’s inner soul awoke and the excitement of sailing rejuvenated him. “My summers became increasingly boring and inactive after I was unable to safely sail my…
Friday, 06 September 2019 13:43

Opti Provincials in Hubbards Sept 21-22

The Opti Provincials in Hubbards are in a couple of weeks with the early bird registration deadline set for Sept 10. All the details here Hubbards Sailing Club is hosting the 2019 Nova Scotia Optimist Provincial Championships. This marks the fourth year the event will be held in Hubbards and is sure to be another exciting fall event. We can guarantee fair and fun racing out of our club! You can normally expect a sea breeze building in the afternoon and wind consistently from the SW. Keep in mind that this event is on the circuit as a choose (1) of (3) for placing; Nova Scotia Optimist Provincials, Optimist Canadians, or another provinces’ Optimist Championship. We can't wait to see you all there!!! Click here to register now- Just a reminder that early bird registration is open until Sept 10!
Monday, 22 July 2019 12:10

Laser Provincial Champions 2019

Congratulations to the 2019 Provincial Laser Champions, crowned this weekend at Bay Wind Regatta at St. Margaret Sailing Club.Guy Tipton from Shelburne captured the Radial title which Noah Adler from RNSYS posted all bullets in his 6 races to capture the 4.7 title.Full results hereThis weekend Lunenburg Yacht Club will host the U19 Provincials this weekend as part of Sail Fest.  
Congratulations to Allie Surrette of St. Margaret's Bay and Max Flinn from Chester for being named to Team Canada.The sailors will represent the country in the Nacra 17 class at the August PanAm Games in Paracas, Peru.For the full Sail Canada release announcing the team see here.
Saturday, 08 June 2019 20:06

2019 Boxing Rock Race with Results

What a fantastic day for the 2019 Boxing Cup Harbour Race! Sunny skies, northerly breeze and warm temps brought more than 200 sailors and 39 boats together for a fun afternoon of racing and a great raft up party! Winners this year were Dancer (Eric Strathdee) from the Bedford Start while Paul Rafuse and the crew of Bleep won the RNSYS start. A very special thank you to Boxing Rock for their very generous support and to Develop Nova Scotia (formerly Waterfront Development) for their great support. Winning the Boxing Rock Gift basket for best Social Media posts was Flux (Jordan MacNeil). And thank you to everyone for participating.  See you all in 2020. Full results below.
  Sailor Ryan Anderson, from Halifax beat out 27 sailors to win the Canadian Laser Radial Championship last weekend at a regatta held in Montreal. Ryan posted three first place finishes in the 4 race series.   Anderson who sails out of the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron captured the National Youth Championship in 2018 and as a result was selected to represent Canada at the 2019 Youth World Sailing Championships set for July in Poland.   Full regatta results from the National Laser Championships can be found here.  
Tuesday, 28 May 2019 17:20

We Are Sailors...Gillis & Taylor

Putting a team together with the hopes of achieving international success is not an easy task. But the job is made easier with quality coaches who know what qualities make a good team and then bring the athletes together. That was the case with Elsie Gillis from Halifax and Shelburne’s Savannah Taylor, Sail Nova Scotia’s female youth sailor of the year in 2018. Both sailors had been sailing the International 420 for 2 and 3 years respectively and had success at both international and national events. Since their partnership was formed, the duo has qualified to represent Canada at the 2019 Youth World Championships in Gdynia, Poland in July. Since being placed together last fall they have successfully competed in Connecticut for the Atlantic Coast Championships, Miami for Mid-winters and participated in a training camp in Miami. So far their training schedule has included a training camp at the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron (RNSYS) which gave them the opportunity to train with fellow top Canadian sailors and coaches.  Aside from sailing they are regularly found in the gym doing weight training or cardio on the rowing machine under the direction of the Canadian Sports Center Atlantic to enhance and maintain conditioning. The off-water challenges for this duo has been their biggest obstacle.   Not only do they live about a 2 hour drive from each other, Savannah recently had pneumonia for 3 weeks! Throughout Savannah’s downtime, Elsie continued her on-water training.   Despite these set-backs their commitment to the commitment and,…
Wednesday, 24 April 2019 19:34

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.  
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