Kathy Johnson

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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 ...

Remembering Rudy: Looking Back on the Life of a Chester Legend

There must have been a fair wind blowing the day the late Rudy Haase decided to move his young family to East Chester, Nova Scotia back in 1967. A naval architect by profession, a sailor in the purest sense of the word and a conservationist through and through, “he did a lot for Nova Scotia,” said long-time friend Syd Dumaresq. “He was just a wonderful guy. I would say Nova Scotia was lucky that he decided to move here with his family.” A native son of the United States, Rudy ...

Around the Globe Again

Above photo: While Halifax sailor Sergei Morozov is planning a second solo circumnavigation, his ultimate goal is to row around the world. Kathy Johnson photo Second Solo Circumnavigation Being Planned by Halifax Sailor It will be by a different route when Halifax sailor Sergei Morozov casts off for a second solo sail around the globe — one that he hopes to start next year. “This time I don’t want to go fast like the first one,” he said in a recent interview. “I want to ...

Charlottetown Yacht Club Looking Forward to Another Great Season

Everything is ship-shape at the Charlottetown Yacht Club (CYC) for the 2019 boating season. “We’re looking forward to another great season with our junior sailing program and water education. We are also looking forward to another great year for visiting boats. We had a banner year last year and hope to repeat it,” said Andrew Rankin, past commodore and Charlottetown Race Week chair. Rankin said the Wet Feet program offered by the CYC for the youngest of sailors is already full for ...