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Wrecked with Tony: Halifax Harbour Dive, Trash or Treasure?

By Tony Sampson | Atlantic Boating Contributor How many times have you driven over the harbour bridges in Halifax and not given a thought to what lies under those waters?  Halifax harbour has been a home, hunting ground, playground and alas, dumping ground to inhabitants of the area for many centuries. It is a natural deep water harbour that has made it strategic both for military and commerce which also makes it a very interesting dive. During the winter months when the harbour ...

Back to the Races at Chester Race Week

Brian Todd served as a race officer with Chester Race Week for about 12 years. But Todd has since retired from that role and this August is racing at Canada’s largest keel boat regatta. “I am fairly old and it’s time for younger people to do that job and I just love racing,” Todd says. “I’ve been racing all my life and I enjoy every moment.” Last year’s event was cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. And while this year’s regatta will look a bit different and crews ...

Helly Hansen Chester Race Week 2021

We are so excited to think of sailing in Chester Race Week this summer. Do you remember the beauty of Mahone Bay and the Village of Chester? Well, Race Week is back, and we are looking at many innovative ways of keeping everyone safe on the water and at the same time offering the fun things that all competitors enjoy. There will be a variety of classes and courses including, Bluenose, One Design, Inshore and Distance courses and Pursuit racing for the Classics and other boats that want ...

Wrecked with Tony: Visiting the Wreck of the SS Atlantic

By Tony Sampson | Atlantic Boating Contributor On any given weekend from April to November, in the shallow waters off Mosher Island in Lower Prospect, you can find a party of divers swimming around Golden Rule Rock at the site of one of the greatest disasters in Maritime history. Few people know that the White Star Liner SS Atlantic (of the same line as the Titanic) lies in our local inshore waters. Starting at a depth of just eight feet and going down to 80 feet, lies a wreck that bore ...

Ultimate Global Sailing Races on Horizon for Halifax Sailor

Halifax sailor Sergei Morozov is hoping to be at the helm for either the 2022 Golden Globe Race or the 2024 edition of the Vendée Globe, described as “the greatest sailing race round the world, solo, non-stop and without assistance.” Morozov, who completed his first solo circumnavigation on May 24, 2014, almost two and half years after leaving Halifax on Dec. 5, 2011, has been planning to do a second solo circumnavigation for several years, but competing in the renowned global races is ...

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 ...

Beneteau: Standing the Test of Time

When Benjamin Bénéteau founded Beneteau Boats in 1884, he chartered a visionary course filled with determination, innovation, creativity and a love of the sea that is still central to the company’s philosophy. At the time, it was the age of sail, when fishing boats were called luggers, dundees and smacks and performance was judged by who got back to the harbour first, since the first there would sell his fish at the best price. For this reason and many others afterwards, this ...

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 ...

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 ...