Kathy Johnson

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Spirit of Boating and Comradery Strong at Dartmouth Yacht Club

Above photo: Vessels lay berthed at one of the docks at the Dartmouth Yacht Club. Contributed photo. It is all about boating, be it by motor or sail, at the Dartmouth Yacht Club. “The spirit of boating together is strong at the Dartmouth Yacht Club,” said Commodore Steve Snider in an interview. “I find when people go through the gates, there’s no pretences. It’s all boaters together.” Located in Wright's Cove on the eastern shore of Bedford Basin, the Dartmouth Yacht ...

Nova Scotia Sailing Team Keeping the Rust Off Until Next Olympic Qualifier

Jacob Saunders, Oliver Bone Leading Men’s 470 Trials When Pandemic Hit Halifax, Nova Scotia sailors Jacob Chaplin-Saunders and Oliver Bone haven’t let COVID-19 sidetrack them from their goal of making an Olympic comeback in the 470 class. The team had qualified Canada as one of 20 countries for the 2020 Tokyo Games in January at the 2020 Hempel World Cup Series in Miami and were leading the trials to be selected as Canada's Men's 470 team when COVID-19 sent the world into lockdown late ...

‘So Far, So Good’ for Summer Sailing Season in Atlantic Canada

The lessening of COVID-19 restrictions has worked out fairly well for the sailing and boating community in Atlantic Canada. “So far, so good when it comes to sailing here in Nova Scotia,” said Frank Denis, executive director of Sail Nova Scotia. “We’re hopeful we'll be able to get through the summer before the second wave hits. I know the sailing programs for kids have been so important to the participants and also their families.” Many clubs around the province have been able to ...

Armdale Yacht Club: Keeps Sailing Tradition Alive

Nestled at the head of Halifax Harbour’s Northwest Arm on historic Melville Island is the Armdale Yacht Club (AYC). Founded in 1937, the Club is home for approximately 150 boats, boosts around 300 members, provides berthage for visiting yachts, has a thriving Learn to Sail program and usually a full schedule of social and sporting events. While this year will be different because of COVID-19, “members are very optimistic about the boating season since the bubble has been expanded to ...

Racing Team Keeps Wind in its Sails Through COVID-19 Quarantine

Not being on the water all spring due to COVID-19 restrictions hasn’t stopped Chester, N.S. sisters Antonia and Georgia Lewin-LaFrance from navigating towards their goal of competing at the 2024 Olympics. The duo, members of the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron (RNSYS), began sailing and competing together two years ago in the 49erFX class. In 2019, they placed second in the 49erFX North American Championships and first in CORK OCR. This year their racing season started with the World ...

Summer Boating Season Will be Unlike Any Other

The boating season in Atlantic Canada will be charting a course through COVID-19 waters this summer. “While I think organized sailing is going to take a bit of a hit this season, I think family-centred sailing and general recreational sailing is going to be off the charts this year,” said Ryan Kelly, outgoing president of Sail Newfoundland and Labrador in an interview. “I say that because it’s a socially distanced-friendly sport and an opportunity to get outside.” With the four ...

Para Sailing Increasing Through Able Sail

Accessible sailing opportunities continue to increase in Atlantic Canada through the Able Sail network, with Newfoundland joining the umbrella organization in 2019 with much success. “We had great interest for our first year,” said Matt Debicki, president of Able Sail Newfoundland. “We had exceptional numbers. We had over 40 people in boats. We had 10 solid athletes that returned quite often and most importantly, we had incredible uptake and support from the yacht club establishment....

Royal Kennebeccasis Yacht Club: A Vibrant Part of the N.B. Boating Scene

For more than 120 years the Royal Kennebeccasis Yacht Club (RKYC) in Saint John, N.B. has been a vibrant part of the boating and social scene on the Saint John river system. Located at the intersection of the Kennebecasis and Saint John rivers in Brothers Cove, the RKYC has recently upped its game when it comes to marine service capabilities. “We have the best equipment in the area,” said manager Rob Ash, including a 75-tonne travel lift “which can lift any boat in the area,” and ...

Sail Nova Scotia Celebrates Successful Year

Above photo: The 29er class leaves the start line during the 2017 Youth National Championships at the St. Margaret Sailing Club. Frank Denis photo There were fair winds for Sail Nova Scotia in 2019 leading to a positive outlook for 2020 which will see a full-time skiff coach hired for the province through a partnership agreement with the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron (RNSYS) and Canadian Sport Centre Atlantic. “This is going to be a great asset to the program,” said Frank ...

Northern Yacht Club Ready to Welcome Big Boat Traffic

Above photo: The Northern Yacht Club in Cape Breton has made infrastructure improvements to better accommodate travelling superyachts. Contributed photo Cape Breton’s Northern Yacht Club is ready to welcome some “big boat traffic” with recent infrastructure upgrades made to better accommodate travelling superyachts. “The major part of the project was the provision for a three-phase power upgrade to the outer dock so the larger yachts can plug in and not have to run their ...