News Releases

Best of luck to all the Nova Scotia sailors taking part in the 50th Newport to Bermuda race which begins on Friday.Nova Scotia skippers in the race (as reported to Sail NS by the one and only Mike Evans) include Liz Shaw, Stuart MacRae, Todd Barnard, Mike Evans, and Bill Greenwood. Several others are crew on boats. Follow the race here.
Tuesday, 14 June 2016 16:28

Boxing Rock Cup Race Set for Saturday

The weather looks fantastic for the annual harbour race now known as the Boxing Rock Cup Race which is set for Saturday, June 18. It is a pursuit race with starts at BBYC and RNSYS with the finish off Bishop's Landing. Base start time is 1:00pm. The event is the largest fundraiser for the Nova Scotia Sailing Team. All the details on the attached NOR and event poster.
Dee Osmond, a certified Sail Canada instructor working with the Sail Able NS program is pleased to offer the Coaching Athletes With Disability Module at the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron in June. This one day course will be offered June 18 and June 19 at a cost of $25 which includes lunch. So pick your preferred day and contact Dee [email protected] Here is what the CAWAD module is all about.  This is a professional development module created to provide instructors & coaches with resources and training to work with sailors with a disability. The module is designed to provide the basics of what you need to know to get started, especially in First Contact, Fundamentals, and learn to sail fast settings. Sail Canada Trained and Certified Instructors & coaches, at any CANSail level are eligible to take this course. Volunteers working with para sailors and programs are also encouraged to participate to increase their understanding and awareness. The module is designed to provide additional and specialized information to CANSail instructors and para program volunteers who wish to gain more knowledge or specialize in instructing & coaching sailors with a disability.
Monday, 06 June 2016 14:27

Adult Dinghy Regatta in Shelburne

Shelburne Yacht Club is leading the way when it comes to getting adults back into dinghy racing or providing them an opportunity to try it! Here are the details: The preferred date is Saturday June 25 for a great Team Racing event in Shelburne. (The alternate date is Saturday July 9). If July 9 works better for you, please let Henry know. The details are as follows: Cost: $55 per person. What you get: A full day of team racing organized by the coaching staff at the Shelburne Sailing Academy. This is geared towards adult sailors who are thinking about or otherwise interested in dinghy sailing in Nova Scotia.After sailing there will be a nice sit down dinner put on at the Shelburne Harbour Yacht Club with a Boxing Rock beer pairing. All included in the entry fee. No one will leave disappointed. We're looking for approximately 12-15 interested adults to participate in some of the most exciting toe to toe boat racing in Nova Scotia. The event starts with a briefing at 09:00 at the Shelburne Sailing Academy to sort out strategy and assign teams. The aim is to be on the water by 10:00 and off the water by 4:30. Bring a lunch. Dinner will be served at 6:00 pm. This will be great!To register and for more information contact Henry Pedro [email protected]
Sail Canada announces today that Jacob and Graeme Saunders (Chester, NS) have qualified for Rio 2016 in the men’s two-person 470 boat. Jacob (Helm) and Graeme (Crew) teamed up in the double-handed boat in 2009, qualifying for the National team in 2013. The sibling duo have been campaigning for Rio for over 5 years, making continuous progress on the international sailing stage. In January 2016, Team Saunders finished a career high 7th at the Sailing World Cup – Miami and secured a country berth for Canada. Jacob and Graeme competed at the 2015 Olympic Test Event last August and look forward to getting back on the water in Brazil as soon as possible. “We’ll shift our focus to training in Rio right after Weymouth World Cup, getting to know the venue better and working hard to ensure we perform our best at the Games this summer.” The Saunders team qualification brings the total count up to 8 Canadian sailors punching their ticket to Rio. Graeme and Jacob will be nominated to the Canadian Olympic Committee alongside teammates Tom Ramshaw (Finn) Brenda Bowskill (Laser Radial), Nikola Girke and Luke Ramsay (Nacra 17) and Erin Rafuse and Danielle Boyd (49erFX). The Canadian trials continue for the remaining Olympic hopefuls through until the end of Weymouth World Cup in Dorset, UK in early June. Prior to being named to the final Canadian Rio 2016 Team, all nominations are subject to approval by the Canadian Olympic Committee’s Team Selection Committee following its receipt of…
Tuesday, 24 May 2016 18:11

Laser Skills Weekend May 28-29

Calling all Laser & Radial Athletes and Coaches!Sail Nova Scotia will hold a Laser skills clinic May 27-29 for coaches and May 28-29 for athletes. The clinic will be held at the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron and be lead by Provincial Coach Lisa Ross.Registration is only $10. Full details and to register click here 
Huge congratulations to Erin Rafuse and Danielle Boyd who have been selected to represent Canada at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in the 49er FX class. In November they qualified the country and Sail Canada announced today that they will be the team! This marks the 4th consecutive Olympic Summer Games that NS has sent at least one sailor.
Sail Canada honored the best sailors of 2015 at an awards ceremony in Toronto on Friday evening and Nova Scotians tokk home 2 awards. Danielle Boyd & Erin Rafuse who sail in the 49er FX were recognized with the Female Athlete/Team of the Year for their ca,paign which was highlighted by qualifying Canada for the Rio Olympics in their class. Pat Wilson & Arie Moffat, from Kingston, Ontario but who sail with the RNSYS Race Team were named Male Youth Sailors of the Year for their success in the 420 class, highlighted by their participation at the 2015 World Youth Sailing Championships. The Rolex Sailor of the Year was Lee Parkhill who captured a bronze medal in the Laser Class at the 2015 Pan Am Games.
Monday, 01 February 2016 15:08

NS Sailors Shine in Miami

Olympic qualification for Canada secured in Miami by NS sailors!Congratulations to Team Saunders for securing the Olympic berth for Canada and qualifying for the World Cup medal race, to be held tomorrow!! Good luck boys!Congratulations to Allie Surrette and Ali ten Hove for their 12th place finish, also securing a berth for Canada.The team of Paul Tingley, Scott Lutes and Logan Campbell won the Gold in the Sonar class!!! Congratulations!!Other NS highlights from Miami World Cup include Corinne Peters with a strong showing after just missing the cut for gold fleet, finishing up in 45th place and 3rd Canadian.In the 49er, Arthur and John Ferguson placed 52nd overall and Max Flinn and Cameron Sawyer finished 51st in their first 49er World Cup.Team Rafuse/Boyd placed 21st after an OCS in their last race. The 49ers and 49er FX's will be training and ramping up for their World Championships in Clearwater on Feb 9th.We would also like to congratulate Luke and Nikola for securing an Olympic spot for Canada in the Nacra class!Full results can be found here:…
Friday, 29 January 2016 14:34

Mobile Sailing School Instructors Wanted

Are you a Sail Canada sailing instructor looking for a unique and fun job this summer? Then the Sail Nova Scotia Mobile Sailing School is for you. We're looking for two energetic instructors who will deliver sailing instructor to kiids in communities across Nova Scotia. The program is a great success and been around for 7 years. In 2016 the program will have 6 brand new Optis.For all the details about the instructor positions, see below.