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Pat Nelder: A Champion of the Boating Industry in Atlantic Canada

For more than 20 years, Pat Nelder has been one of the biggest promoters of sailing and boating in Atlantic Canada. Nelder, who served as the executive director of Boating Atlantic, formerly the Atlantic Marine Trades Association (AMTA), retired from that role on March 31. But Nelder won’t be far from the water or promoting the sport she’s loved since she first learned to sail in Scotland. Nelder joined AMTA as its coordinator in 1999. At the time, she was living in Big Pond, Cape Breton ...

Boating Safety is Not Rocket Science

The 19th century writer and public speaker George William Curtis once said, “It is not the ship, so much as the skillful sailing that assures the prosperous voyage.” And Atlantic Canada’s recreational boating community has undoubtedly some of the most skilled sailors you will find anywhere in the world. However, despite the skill and state-of-the-art equipment possessed by most recreational boaters in our region, tragically, people are still drowning. In fact, drowning deaths were ...

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 ...

Safety on the Water is Worth Repeating

Each May, Atlantic Boating’s sister magazine, The Navigator, dedicates an entire issue to the critical topic of marine safety. It may sound a tad redundant to repeat the same message every 12 months, but subjects such as wearing personal flotation devices (PFDs) and proper vessel stability literally could mean the difference between life and death for fish harvesters and can never be overstated. Now, with COVID-19 public health restrictions finally being lifted across Atlantic Canada, ...

Boaters Must Help Guide Regulatory Change

Over the winter, Transport Canada’s (TC) Office of Boating Safety (OBS) was seeking stakeholder input from anyone with a particular interest in pleasure craft. The consultation involved proposed changes and revisions to the Pleasure Craft Licensing Program and the Pleasure Craft Operator Competency Program. This was definitely a move in the right direction as recreational boaters should be aware of any pending policy changes and take an active role in forming and guiding regulatory ...

‘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 ...

Don’t Forget our First Responders

“Being on a boat that's moving through the water, it's so clear. Everything falls into place in terms of what's important and what's not”: American singer-songwriter and guitarist James Taylor. As many people in this strange, new world of COVID-19 struggle with the day-to-day routine of our new normal, recreational boaters, for the most part, seem to be doing just fine. For many, boating is an escape — a getaway from the routine and monotony of life. And while recreational boaters ...

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 ...

Boating: The New Normal

Welcome to the 2020 recreational boating season and the new normal of pandemic-related sailing. As every human on the planet already knows, the best way to avoid COVID-19 is through physical/social distancing — staying at least six feet away from the person next to you. Thankfully, boating is a safe, almost perfect, social distancing activity. Right now, boaters are not the only people navigating the uncharted waters of living in a world with the novel coronavirus COVID-19. But the ...