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 ...
Lewin-LaFrance Take Canadian Skiff Sailing to New Horizons on International Stage
Above photo: Sisters Antonia and Georgia Lewin-LaFrance, Chester, N.S. competing last year in the 49er FX class.
From medalling at the European championships, placing sixth overall at the 49er FX Sailing World Championships, to being named Sailors of the Year and Female Sailors of the Year by Sail Nova Scotia, 2021 was a year of achievements for the sailing team, sisters Antonia and Georgia Lewin-LaFrance of Chester, Nova Scotia.
The Lewin-LaFrance team became the first Canadians ...
Back on the Water
Chester Race Week draws 107 vessels in 12 classes
Planning will soon be starting for Helly Hansen Chester Race Week 2022 after a successful 2021 regatta, held Aug. 11 to 14, attracted 107 sailing vessels racing in 12 classes.
“The dates are set, Aug 10–13, 2022, but our first task will be to review 2021, then set out our planning schedule,” said Pat Nelder, On-Water Chair for Chester Race Week.
The largest keelboat regatta in the region, participation was down slightly this year ...
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 ...
Q&A – Summer 2019
By Eric Smith | Shining Waters Marine
Should I Compete in an Offshore Race with my Boat?
Let me ask — why wouldn’t you? Which race you do is the skipper’s decision, but there are several options available. Check with your yacht club/marina and sailing associations to see which race would be right for you.
The important thing is that you do one. Here are a few reasons that stand out for me as reasons to participate:
The personal challenge. From organizing crew to completing ...
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 ...
‘Cream of the Crop’: World-Class Sailors to Compete at International Albacore Championship Regatta in Shelburne
The Shelburne Harbour Yacht Club will be hoisting the race signals this summer for the 2019 International Albacore Championship Regatta.
As many as 50 teams from Europe, the U.S. and Canada are expected to compete in the week-long event scheduled for Aug. 24 to 30.
“We’ve got 14 confirmed teams coming from overseas. We expect to have another 14 to 18 to come up from the U.S. and the remainder will come from Canada,” said head organizer Henry Pedro in an interview.