Kathy Johnson

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Busy Season for Summerside Yacht Club and Marina

New members and visiting boaters, combined with weekly racing and entertainment, has added up to a busy summer at the Summerside Yacht Club and Marina. “This has been a very busy season for our marina, with upwards of 12 new boats and members,” said general manager Tom Peters. “Visiting boats continue to be a large part of our activities.” The Summerside Yacht Club and Marina is part of the Silver Fox Entertainment Complex, a non-profit community complex managed and owned by its ...

Back on the Water

Chester Race Week draws 107 vessels in 12 classes Planning will soon be starting for Helly Hansen Chester Race Week 2022 after a successful 2021 regatta, held Aug. 11 to 14, attracted 107 sailing vessels racing in 12 classes. “The dates are set, Aug 10–13, 2022, but our first task will be to review 2021, then set out our planning schedule,” said Pat Nelder, On-Water Chair for Chester Race Week. The largest keelboat regatta in the region, participation was down slightly this year ...

Remembering Mickey Cormier: Colleagues Reflect on Numerous Contributions of New Brunswick Sailor

The late Mickey Cormier will long be remembered by the Maritime sailing community for his passion, knowledge and contributions to the sport. A lifelong resident of Shediac, New Brunswick, Cormier passed away on July 8 at the age of 82. Among other things, Cormier was a long-standing member and supporter of the Shediac AbleSail/Handi-Voile Accessible Sailing program, was instrumental in starting the Northumberland Strait Yachting Association, was a director of the New Brunswick Sailing ...

LaHave River Yacht Club: ‘A Hidden Treasure’

Located 12 kilometres south of the Town of Bridgewater, on the West side of the picturesque LaHave River, is the LaHave River Yacht Club. “It’s a hidden treasure, it really is,” said Barry Rofihe, who has been a member of the LaHave River Yacht Club since 1960. ” It’s a great little club. Friendly, not white tablecloth dining by any stretch of the imagination. The food has always been good with great service and wonderful people to chat with. It’s a very friendly place to ...

New Infrastructure, Resources for Boaters in Nova Scotia

Above photo: Located in the heart of the Halifax waterfront near Salt Yard, is the new Foundation wharf featuring 30,000 square feet of boardwalk and nearly 500 feet of additional floats accessible for free daytime berthage with overnight rates. Develop Nova Scotia photo From $14.2 million in infrastructure projects to the creation of informative boating guides, Develop Nova Scotia and its partners have been improving the province’s marine destination network with an eye to further ...

There’s More Than One Way to Enjoy Being on the Water

Above photo: Sean Therien enjoys surfing in a kayak wave rider. Contributed photo Depending on who you ask in the Therien family of Dartmouth, a good day on the water could mean windy, wavy or calm conditions. Wife and mother Kate is a stand-up paddle boarder. Husband and father Sean likes to surf in his kayak wave rider, while son Luc, 14, is into sailing and looking forward to his first season on the i420 race team at the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron (RNSYS). “For the three ...

Promoting Sailing Across Atlantic Canada

Sail Canada Programs Well Utilized by Participants From learning to sail in a dinghy to officiating at world class events, Sail Canada training programs are an anchor for clubs across the country. “Every member club is impacted by the Sail Canada programs,” said Frank Denis, executive director of Sail Nova Scotia in an interview. “Some use all. Some just use race officials or junior sailing. All of them offer some form of their programs.” Denis said Sail Canada puts together ...

Ben Eoin Yacht Club and Marina Getting Ready for Another Great Summer

Plans are well underway for another great summer of boating and sailing at the Ben Eoin Yacht Club on the Bras d’Or Lake in Cape Breton. “I think this summer will be similar to last year,” said Commodore Ray Campbell. “We had a great summer last year and I think we will have a great summer this summer. I think the claws of uncertainty have been removed.” The claws of uncertainty that Campbell is referring to is COVID-19. “We are very fortunate our members are more than ...

Ultimate Global Sailing Races on Horizon for Halifax Sailor

Halifax sailor Sergei Morozov is hoping to be at the helm for either the 2022 Golden Globe Race or the 2024 edition of the Vendée Globe, described as “the greatest sailing race round the world, solo, non-stop and without assistance.” Morozov, who completed his first solo circumnavigation on May 24, 2014, almost two and half years after leaving Halifax on Dec. 5, 2011, has been planning to do a second solo circumnavigation for several years, but competing in the renowned global races is ...

Chester Race Week Back on Deck for 2021

By early spring, plans for the 2021 Helly Hansen Chester Race Week should be finalized, online and registration open. The largest keelboat regatta in the region will run from Aug. 11 to 14. “We have a situation called COVID-19 so we cannot plan to have Chester Race Week as we're used to having it,” said Pat Nelder, on-water chair and steering committee member in an interview. “We are used to having five racing courses with 15 classes in total racing,” but for 2021 “we will ...