Northern Yacht Club Hosts 2022 Mobility Cup
Nineteen racers were at the helm for the 2022 Mobility Cup hosted by the Northern Yacht Club in Sydney from Aug. 29 to Sept. 2.
“We were able to provide a great event,” said John Astephen, past commodore of the Northern Yacht Club, adding it was an honour to host the regatta.
“We’ve had an AbleSail program for over 15 years now. Mostly in the past it was recreational sailing. We were very interested in trying to expand, to teach people how to sail and how to race. We’re ventur...
New Canadian Offshore Sailing Campaign Launched
Above photo: Scott Shawyer
In late August, Canadian Scott Shawyer launched Canada Ocean Racing, a new offshore sailing team.
Shawyer will compete in the solo, non-stop round-the-world race, the Vendée Globe, aiming to become the first Canadian to complete the pinnacle event in offshore sailing, widely regarded as the toughest sporting challenge on the planet.
Backed by renowned British sailor Alex Thomson, Shawyer’s campaign aims to lead and inspire the development of offshore ...
Fair Winds for Chester Race Week
Photos by Tracey Wallace
With 117 boats sailing 77 races in 12 classes, by all accounts the 2022 Helly Hansen Chester Race Week, held Aug. 10 to 13, was a success both on and off the water.
It went very well,” said Pat Nelder, on-water chair for the annual regatta.
Registration was on par with previous years, which range from 80 to 120 vessels, said Nelder.
With 32 vessels registered, the Bluenose class was the largest fleet for Chester Race Week, which was “unpreced...
Nova Scotia Hosts World Championships
National Training Centre will be Legacy in St. Margaret’s Bay
Photos by Tracey Wallace
National skiff team training camps, expected to start in the spring of 2023 in St. Margaret’s Bay, will be the legacy of the 2022 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 World Championships hosted there on Aug. 31 to Sept. 5.
Sail Nova Scotia won the rights to host the competition in partnership with the Hubbards Sailing Club, St. Margaret Sailing Club and Sail Canada.
“The legacy of the event, ...
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 ...
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 ...