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 for the last 3 years volunteered as co-chair for the Helly Hansen Race Week in Chester.

“I suppose that I have felt a sense of accomplishment each time we finish a new boat, but that would be true of any project or of most things in life, whether it’s having a family, growing a garden or having a great walk with my dog.”

Pat’s plans for the future are to build boats and enjoy life. Photo at left by Nick Croken.

by: Rob Dunbar   [email protected]