News Releases

Wednesday, 01 April 2020 12:50

COVID-19 Sailors Q&A

Sail Nova Scotia is committed to ensuring the health and safety of our member clubs, schools, sailors, staff, volunteers and stakeholders as well as every Nova Scotian in the communities where we live, work and play. We recognize that these are difficult times for all the clubs and their members, and we are here to support you while ensuring we are following the recommendations from the Department of Health & Wellness.  We continue to monitor the situation closely and to review the impact it will have on our sailing community.   We are actively liaising between our membership, government and our stakeholders to communicate the best available information during these unprecedented times.  We have created this page to answer some of the questions boaters have as we approach the 2020 season. If you have a question please share it with [email protected] and we will add it to this page and provide an answer. When do you think Sailing Season will begin? That is a very good question! As of today, April 2, nobody can say for sure, but we are hopeful we will be sailing this spring. The NS Department of Health & Wellness will be the agency to advise all Nova Scotians when it is safe to resume activities. Sail Canada is currently working on social distancing guidelines for sailors so that when we are in a position to go sailing again we have guidelines on how to do it safely. When will we know if Regattas are canceled? For Sail…
Tuesday, 31 March 2020 15:17

COVID-19 Links to Information

Sail Nova Scotia recognizes that during these trying times accessing information can be challenging and difficult to find. On this page we will post links to important information for sailing clubs, sailing instructors and sailors in Nova Scotia. If you would like to see something added to this page, please send a note to [email protected] Sail Canada Information Changes to Sail Canada Instructor Certification Policy Province of Nova Scotia Province of Nova Scotia State of Emergency Sport Nova Scotia Tips to Keep You Happy & Healthy During the Pandemic Government of Canada Resources Canada Emergency Response Benefit Preventing COVID-19 in the workplace Physical Distancing Guidelines
Hi everyone,   I hope everyone is doing well given these extraordinary circumstances.   I wanted to update you on plans for our instructor courses this spring and re-certifications for those who need them.   Sail NS will deliver our scheduled Fundamental Course for new instructors online over the Easter weekend as planned. We have 11 candidates so far, so please encourage your new instructors to sign up as the course will go ahead. They can register here   Our Tune-Up / Team Racing weekend is set for May 2-3 in Hubbards. We will make the call on whether to hold that by April 20.   Sail Canada is currently looking at how provinces can run instructor clinics if self-isolation guidelines are still in place. Stay tuned.   For those instructors with recently expired instructor certifications, First Aid, and or Coach Boat Safety, Sail Canada is looking at granting an extension on those so as not to restrict instructors from teaching this summer. When I have more details on those I will send them out.   In the meantime, please, please, please, encourage your instructors to get familiar with using their CANSail profile to check expiry dates and access valuable resources.   To do so they can log in here   If they have difficulty logging in have them e-mail me at [email protected] and I can help them.   As for "When will we get the all clear for sailing programs?", for that we will wait for the Province to give the okay. Sport Nova…
Wednesday, 18 March 2020 12:22

Working From Home

Like everyone else these days, I will be working from home for the next while.You can reach me at [email protected] or by phone at 902-425-5450 ext 312. Leave a message and I will be notified by e-mail there is a message. Stay safe.  Frank
Wednesday, 12 February 2020 17:59

Sail Nova Scotia Seeks a Technical Director

Sail Nova Scotia, with funding from the Support 4 Sport Technical Leadership Employment program (TLEP) is hiring a Technical Director. The successful candidate will be responsible for working with Clubs in Nova Scotia that offer or seek to offer CANSail programs (youth and adult) and the more than 60 registered instructors and coaches. The Technical Director will work to increase participation numbers, improve the quality of instruction & coaching, and ensure that programs are providing participants a quality sport experience across all levels of the athlete development pathway. The position works to advance Sail Nova Scotia initiatives when it comes to Participation and Coaches/Instructors. The position is based in Halifax and a valid driver’s license is required.All the details can be found in the ad below.
Tuesday, 07 January 2020 18:04

Sail NS AGM Set for February 8

The 2020 Annual General Meeting of Sail Nova Scotia will be held on Saturday, February 8th at 1pm at the Halifax Boat Show in the Halifax Exhibition Centre. All meeting materials are posted on the website here. Posted materials include the meeting agenda, 2019 AGM Minutes, 2019 Financials, Proposed By-Law Changes, and the Nominating Committee Report.The Annual report will be posted on that page when completed. All those wishing to attend the meeting should contact the Sail NS office [email protected] to get a free pass to attend the meeting and Boat Show.Prior to the AGM Sail NS will host a meeting for all LTS Directors / Coaches and Instructors beginning at 10:30 am and free passes are available to attend that meeting as well. Commodores will meet immediately following the AGM for about an hour. We look forward to seeing you at the meetings and the Boat Show.
Sunday, 17 November 2019 14:32

Sail Nova Scotia 2019 Awards

More than 100 sailors and friends gathered for the annual Sail Nova Scotia awards on Saturday at the Saraguay.The evening included recognizing outstanding performances and dedication to the sport from Shelburne to North Sydney. Find out who won what in the complete list of winners with bios below.
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. 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…
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