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 ...
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 ...
Q&A – Spring 2020
By Eric Smith | Shining Waters Marine
COVID-19 and Boating? What else can I do?
We have had a few customers decide not to launch their boat due to COVID-19 this season.
However, we see this as an opportunity for you to enjoy the boating season with your family or alone regardless if you launch or not for the season.
If you have opted to stay out of the water for the season, all those years of “I’ll do it next season” projects could start to get checked off the list.
If you ...
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 ...
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 ...