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Many European countries require the International Certificate of Competence (ICC). If a vessel is stopped by local authorities and the operator does not have the ICC, heavy fines may be levied. You are able to challenge the ICC in a day-long session in Halifax on board Semper Vivens or, if you are not able to come to Halifax, we can come to you. This is not an instructional-learn to sail course but a practical evaluation of a sailor’s ability to operate a sailboat and his/her knowledge of rules of the road. There is also an additional requirement (CEVNI) for operating a vessel in the canal systems in Europe. As we are a CYA/RYA sail training centre, we are able to offer courses from beginner levels through to the commercial endorsement of RYA Yachtmaster Offshore. The RYA courses are recognized by over forty countries and are often required to charter sailboats in both the Mediterranean and the Caribbean. For more details on course descriptions, please visit the or and for details concerning course dates or bookings contact Judy Robertson of In Slocum’s Wake Sailing Centre at [email protected] or at (902)-802-7730. 
Friday, 09 September 2011 18:39

Basic Amateur Radio License Course

The Halifax Amateur Radio Club is again hosting a Basic Amateur Radio Certification Course leading to an amateur radio callsign and certificate of proficiency from Industry Canada. The successful completion of the course will give access to the long distance HF ham bands along with the VHF/UHF frequencies and the repeater network across the three Maritime Provinces along with other repeaters across Canada. The course starts on Thursday 22nd of September at 7:00 pm with registration and information in the club classroom of the Halifax Amateur Radio Club station. It is located upstairs in the Saint Andrew Community Centre, Barnstead Lane off Bayers Road outbound, one block west from Romans Avenue intersection. Registration will also be accepted Sat 24th Sept and Thurs 29th Sept. The first full class is Saturday 24th at 10:00 a.m. on basic fundamentals. Classes will normally run for 90 min on each Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm. The fee for the course is $120 unless a person already has the study manual. Otherwise it is $65. Any returning course member will be offered a reduced rate. The fee includes the course manual, thirteen weeks of expert instruction by senior club members, photocopied handouts, examination by one of HARC’s accredited examiners and the application submission to Industry Canada for your station’s callsign. Our course has had a significant number of mariners and sailors over the years who obtained their ham licence. A licence will allow a mariner to stay in touch via HF when they…
Thursday, 01 September 2011 23:22

NS Sailors Place Well at Youth Nationals

The Trihedral CYA Youth National Sailing Championships came to a close today with some outstanding performances from Nova Scotia sailors. Two Nova Scotia teams were on the podium of the 420 fleet. Max Flinn and Andrew Burns won the regatta with Allie Surrette and Minette Murphy finishing 3rd overall. Both teams sail for the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron.Silver medals were awarded to Nova Scotians in two of the three Laser fleets; Fraser Wells in the full rig, and Devan Dube in the male Radial fleet. Corinne Peters won bronze in the Radial. All three sail for the RNSYS.There were no Nova Scotia boats in the 29er fleet.Full results can be found here As well, the CYA Youth Nationals was the final event in three Nova Scotia Provincial Championship series.Dee Osmond from RNSYS won the Under 16 title, Sydney Beatty and Claire Boileau from Lunenburg Yacht Club won the Under 18 championship, and Morgan and Riley Morash (pictured above) from the Hubbards Sailing Club were awarded the 420 Championship.
Congratulations to Nova Scotians Nick Williams and Evan Bower for capturing the Royal Canadian Sea Cadet National Regatta this week in Ontario.Williams and Bower are the first sailors from Nova Scotia to win the regatta since 2002.Both sailors also sail out of Squadron 180 in Shelburne and are supported by the Shelburne Harbour Yacht Club, Shelburne Sailing School Association and the local community.
Friday, 26 August 2011 18:50

Shelburne Hosts Albacore Regatta

The 4th annual East Coast Championships were held August19-21 in Shelburne Nova Scotia. A total of 18 boats attended the event including 3 from Toronto. Of the 18 teams approximately 15 had at least one junior on the team including 12 year old Tatum, helming every race in the 5 to 15 knot winds. There were also 5 or 6 teams composed of two juniors. This event had easily the best winds of any regatta this year with steady 12 knot average winds and 1 mile beats with 50 min races and waves and chop. The weekend started with a practice race on the Friday night. The wind started at 7 knots and built to 13 knots by the finish. This was followed by burgers and hotdogs and a nautical skills contest. The knot tying contest was easily won by 9 year old Savannah who wowed us all with a novel way to tie a bowline (she crewed in the 8th place boat). For an encore she tied a monkeys fist (which most of us have never heard of). After all the knots were tied and spinnakers packed in record time, there was of course the mussel eating contest. The regatta proper started on Saturday morning. The winds were light at 5 knots but built to 10 for the 2nd race and 15 for the 3rd race. The RC elected to stop a little early so we could all go back and enjoy the pig roast. Then the band showed up for…
Monday, 08 August 2011 17:22

2011 Women's Keelboat Provincials Held

Over the July 23rd weekend the 2011 NS Women’s Keelboat Championships were held at Bedford Basin Yacht Club with 6 fantastic all female crews out to compete in 2 classes; 3 spinnaker, 3 non-spinnaker. We had great winds both days which made for some excellent windward/leeward racing, we were able to squeeze in 4 races on the first day. On Saturday Karen Fowler on Cheap Thrill (j22) won 3 out of 4 races, and Colleen Dewis on Pursuit (Niagara 26) took a first place. Liz Whyte & her crew on Highlander (Dehler DB-1) had an extremely strong showing both days. On Sunday longer courses were set; in the fist race of the day Highlander and Pursuit tied for first and Shannon Ingraham-Christie on Sulis (Mirage 25) came from behind for a big win on the second race. In the final standings, Cheap Thrill took the honours of overall regatta winner. Highlander finished 2nd in spin class with Turning for Turtles taking 3rd. In the non-spin class Pursuit finished first followed by Sulis in 2nd & Agent 99 in 3rd. Although the numbers were down this season everyone who came out had a great time. The weather was on our side and a good time was had by all. The off-water activities were well received; once again the students of the Canadian School of Massage and Hydrotherapy treated all participants to well deserved massages after a day of racing, followed by a delightful BBQ put on by Captain Cook. We ended…
Monday, 08 August 2011 13:40

NSYA Hiring Provincial Sailing Head Coach

The NSYA is receiving applications for the position of Provincial Sailing Head Coach. The role of the Coach is to provide leadership and expertise to Club Sailing Coaches, the Nova Scotia Sailing Team and developing sailors. The application deadline is September 15, 2011. Full job ad can be found here.
Wednesday, 27 July 2011 17:16

NS Sailors 9th at 420 North Americans

Two RNSYS sailors were the top Canadian boat at the 420 North American Championships at Buffalo Canoe Club this week. Julien Fougere and Henry Machum, just back from representing Canada at the Worlds, came 9th. There was a total of 113 boats competing with 5 boats from Nova Scotia. Fougere and Machum had five top 5 finishes in a close battle for first overall. Also competing from the Squadron were Ted Murphy and Taylor Shaw (26th), Max Flinn and Andrew Burns (35) Alison Surette and Minute Murphy (43), Ellie Wollmann and A. K. Turner (54) Antonia Lewin-LaFrance and Amy Minnikin (86). Danielle Boyd was the coach for the Nova Scotia Sailors.
Twice a year Sport Nova Scotia accepts applications from Community Organizations for funding throug the Nova Scotia Amateur SportFund. Yacht Clubs and Sailing schools have been successful securing funding from this fund over the years.The review committee bases its decisions considering a number of factors: how will the program increase capacity? Is it innovative? Will it lead to those from under-represented groups signing up for programs? Is the initiative sustainable? Is there support for the initiative from other community groups?Full details about the Sport Fund Community Organization fund can be found here.The deadline for Sport NS to receive the complete application is September 1, however NSYA must review and endorse all applications and therefore we must have them no later than Thursday, August 25.Prior to submitting an application, please discuss your initiative with Executive Director Frank Denis.
Tuesday, 19 July 2011 12:30

Cruise to Cape Breton

Course space is still available on Sou’wester Adventures fourth annual Cape Breton Cruise August 8th-26th. The course originates from Atlantica Oak Island Marina in Mahone Bay, and covers the South and Eastern Shores all the way to the Bras D’or Lakes. The schedule this year (August 8th-13th) will see advanced (Coastal Skipper) students sailing direct to the St. Peter’s Canal, then lock up to the lakes with several additional days of local cruising. The return trip happens two week later (August 21-26th). Intermediate (Bare Boat Skipper) students will then sail the return leg from St. Peter’s back to Mahone Bay via a number of remote anchorages, coastal seaports, and marinas. Both courses lead to CYA certification upon successful completion, and provide plenty of practical experience in all aspects of live-aboard cruising and navigation. Contact Sou’wester Adventures Sailing School for further details on line at www.souwesteradventures or toll-free at 1-877-665-4004.