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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 ...

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 ...

Bluenose Centennial Celebrations Kick Off This Spring

It will be 100 years down to the hour when the celebrations begin, marking the 100th anniversary since the launch of Canada’s most iconic sailing vessel, the Bluenose. It was 10 a.m. on March 26, 1921, when the schooner, designed by William J. Roué and built by the Smith & Rhuland Shipyard, slipped into the waters of Lunenburg harbour for the first time. Built for fishing and racing in the North Atlantic, the Bluenose earned the nickname Queen of the North Atlantic Fishing Fleet and ...

‘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 ...

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 ...

COVID-19: Restriction Updates

Measures put in place to help contain the spread of COVID-19 are gradually changing. As restrictions change, you need to continue to follow public health directives for gathering and social distancing. Limit your driving and enjoy what’s available in your local community. 1 May 2020 Provincial and municipal parks can reopen Trails can reopen Community gardens can reopen   Private campgrounds can open for seasonal lot renters (renters with fixed RVs) that don’t require ...

C-Tow Marine Assistance Ltd at 35

In 1984, with just one black, inflatable boat, and the drive and determination to succeed, Captain John MacDonald started a marine towing business that’s still in operation today. Though John is no longer with us, his vision for the company still lives on. C-Tow Marine Assistance Ltd was first based on Bowen Island, B.C., where MacDonald and his wife Barb lived. Brian Biddlecombe, owner of Cormorant Marine Water Taxi (also based on Bowen Island), was there when it all started. He was also ...

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....