Kathy Johnson

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Bras d’Or Yacht Club an Integral Part of Baddeck Community

It was the Bras d’Or Yacht Club’s junior sailing program that initially brought Commodore Peter Patterson to the community of Baddeck in Cape Breton, N.S. some 25 years ago. At the time, he had just gotten back from a stint in the Caribbean as a sailing instructor and was looking for a job. “I called the Nova Scotia Sailing Association, that’s what it was called at the time and they said they are looking for someone to take over the program at the Bras d’Or Yacht Club. I said ...

Hubbards Sailing Club Dedicated to Youth

For more than 50 years, the Hubbards Sailing Club has been dedicated to teaching youth in the community life skills through sailing. “We don’t have one keel boat. We don’t have a senior membership. Just youth,” says Commodore Bill Doane. “We’re 100 per cent dedicated to learning to sail programs. Our biggest mandate is to make it as accessible as possible to the youth of our community.” Approximately 180 youth between the ages of five and 18 go through one of the club’s ...

Bedford Basin Yacht Club is Your Typical Close to Home Boat Club

Deep in the Bedford Basin, as far as one can go, is the Bedford Basin Yacht Club, home port for more than 100 sailing and motoring vessels and a club to call their own for some 190 members. “The Bedford Basin Yacht Club has a lot of history in the community and is your typical ‘close to home’ boat club,” says Commodore Craig Sooley. “It’s kind of quirky looking outside and offers the same charm inside with interesting angles up in the wardroom and flags hanging everywhere. ...

Lewin-LaFrance Take Canadian Skiff Sailing to New Horizons on International Stage

Above photo: Sisters Antonia and Georgia Lewin-LaFrance, Chester, N.S. competing last year in the 49er FX class. From medalling at the European championships, placing sixth overall at the 49er FX Sailing World Championships, to being named Sailors of the Year and Female Sailors of the Year by Sail Nova Scotia, 2021 was a year of achievements for the sailing team, sisters Antonia and Georgia Lewin-LaFrance of Chester, Nova Scotia. The Lewin-LaFrance team became the first Canadians ...

Adventures Logged and Friendships Made Through Love of Sailing

From the Antarctic to Greenland, a love of sailing has led to a lifetime of adventure for Duncan and Renée Finlayson of Hodges Cove, Newfoundland and Labrador. It was the summer of 1963 and Duncan Finlayson had just finished his first year of university in Montreal when he first set foot on a sailboat. “A friend and I decided we wanted to work on a sailboat for the summer and we managed to get a job on a 47-foot Alden schooner out of Long Island, New York. We had a great summer. It was ...

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 ...