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Sail Nova Scotia is now looking for communities to host our Mobile Sailing program in July and August 2019.Now in its 10th year the Mobile Program consists of a 24 foo trailer with 6 Optis, a Coach Boat and motor and all the safety gear. It is led by two Sail Canada trained instructors. You can find all the details including dates and costs on the pdf below. Any questions, please contact Frank at the Sail Nova Scotia office.
Thursday, 03 January 2019 13:28

I Am A Sailor: Mike Evans

When Mike was young he took sailing lessons at the Bronte Yacht Club in Albacores and high-performance Fireballs.   Along with that Mike also had the advantage of having command of his own Bombardier 3.8 before the age of 10.   Having served in the Royal Canadian Airforce as a pilot, Mike has been able to transfer his skill set from flying to sailing. The theory of flying and sailing are similar but Mike’s expertise as a pilot allows him further insight to aerodynamics of sails and wings. “They both depend on airflows and a sailboat has sails that must be handled correctly just like the wing controls of an aircraft. Having an aviation background definitely gains insight into things like what sail shape will work best and turn that into speed.”   Another similarity to flying that benefits Mike is that both are airplanes and sailboats are operated by small crews to either complete a mission or sail a race. Proper crew chemistry is an important ingredient for success. Jumping ahead to 2012 Mike started racing with fellow Nova Scotia sailor Matt Stokes in Korea. That year they represented Canada at the Korea Cup while working with the Korean Sailing Federation. This was the start of a domino effect that led to Mike participating in the Yellow Sea Race and in 2018 China Cup in Hong Kong and Phuket Cup.   This month Mike is headed to participate in Macao Race Week. Though English is predominate among Asian cultures, communication onboard can sometimes…
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 )