Northern Yacht Club Hosts 2022 Mobility Cup
Nineteen racers were at the helm for the 2022 Mobility Cup hosted by the Northern Yacht Club in Sydney from Aug. 29 to Sept. 2.
“We were able to provide a great event,” said John Astephen, past commodore of the Northern Yacht Club, adding it was an honour to host the regatta.
“We’ve had an AbleSail program for over 15 years now. Mostly in the past it was recreational sailing. We were very interested in trying to expand, to teach people how to sail and how to race. We’re ventur...
Lunenburg Yacht Club Celebrates 75th Anniversary
There were many reasons to celebrate at the Lunenburg Yacht Club in 2022.
Youth and ladies learn to sail programs and the Able Sail program were full, volunteers spent thousands of hours making sure everything was shipshape and the club marked 75 years since it was founded in 1947.
“It’s a happy place for a lot of people,” says club general manager Gale Fullerton. “It truly is a community.”
Located on Herman’s Island about midway between the towns of Lunenburg and Mahone ...
Fair Winds for Chester Race Week
Photos by Tracey Wallace
With 117 boats sailing 77 races in 12 classes, by all accounts the 2022 Helly Hansen Chester Race Week, held Aug. 10 to 13, was a success both on and off the water.
It went very well,” said Pat Nelder, on-water chair for the annual regatta.
Registration was on par with previous years, which range from 80 to 120 vessels, said Nelder.
With 32 vessels registered, the Bluenose class was the largest fleet for Chester Race Week, which was “unpreced...
More Cruising Instructors for Adults Being Certified
Sail Canada is collaborating with its provincial counterparts to certify more cruising instructors in Atlantic Canada for the adult segment of the sailing and powerboat market.
There are several reasons for the initiative, says Sail Canada Navigation Instructor Dan Cloutier.
“There are very few instructors for adult sailors and powerboaters in all of Atlantic Canada” and “we know there’s limited certification on the water… that few adults on the water on their own boats are ...
Nova Scotia Hosts World Championships
National Training Centre will be Legacy in St. Margaret’s Bay
Photos by Tracey Wallace
National skiff team training camps, expected to start in the spring of 2023 in St. Margaret’s Bay, will be the legacy of the 2022 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 World Championships hosted there on Aug. 31 to Sept. 5.
Sail Nova Scotia won the rights to host the competition in partnership with the Hubbards Sailing Club, St. Margaret Sailing Club and Sail Canada.
“The legacy of the event, ...
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 ...