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Having Fun Aboard Helix

Daisy Cobden and her crew are seeking to further their sailing prowess aboard Helix while having fun with friends along the way. Cobden first got into sailing through her partner, Jordan MacNeil, who was already an active and passionate sailor who shared his love of the water with Cobden. The two of them began sailing on his J/30 Flux nine years ago. MacNeil owned Flux for 13 years before he and Cobden upgraded to their J/120 Helix last year. Since she started sailing with MacNeil, the ...

SailGP Gears Up for 2024 Halifax Event

Above Photo Credit: Felix Diemer for SailGP As the first Sail Grand Prix event to grace Canadian shores gears up for its event in Halifax, Nova Scotia on June 1–2, 2024, plans are getting underway to figure out the finer details of the event. Sail Grand Prix, commonly known as SailGP, is an international competition where competitors from 10 countries race aboard F50 foiling catamarans, which can hit top speeds of over 100 kilometres per hour. SailGP races have been hosted all over ...

Roue 20 Still Competing 100 Years Later

Above photo: The Roue 20, designed by James William Roué, has remained true to its 1922 design for over 100 years. Photos supplied by Rob Merchant The Roue 20 is a keelboat designed by William James Roué in 1922 and after over 100 years, this iconic Canadian ship design still holds its own in the competitive field. Roué was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia and lived in nearby Dartmouth. In his early life, he made a living working in the family soft drink business, Roué’s Carbonated ...

Team Lewin-LaFrance Eyeing the 2024 Olympics

Above photo: Georgia Lewin-LaFrance competed in the worldwide Sail Grand Prix representing Canada. Georgia and Antonia Lewin-LaFrance are aiming to make their mark in the sailing world as they eye the 49erFX class event at the 2024 Paris Olympics. Originally from Montreal, the Lewin-LaFrance sisters began sailing on a cottage laser that their father used to force the two of them to sail on, despite their protests. “My dad used to take us out on it, despite our kicking and ...

Chester Race Week Sees Strongest Race Participation in Years

Chester Race Week (CRW), Canada’s largest keelboat race, came to a close after four days of racing around Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia on August 19. With 125 boats sailing 97 races in 12 separate classes, 2023’s CRW boasted registry numbers not seen in over half a decade or more. The on-water chair for the annual regatta, Patricia Nelder, said this year’s CRW saw yet another year of exciting races, good entertainment and happiness from both the spectators and sailors. “Everyone ...

Halifax to Host First Canadian Sail Grand Prix

Above photo: Canada’s SailGP team celebrates winning the ITM New Zealand Sail Grand Prix. Credit: Ricardo Pinto for SailGP From June 1–2, 2024, Halifax Harbour will play host to the first-ever ROCKWOOL Canada Sail Grand Prix (SailGP). The race, which will take place a short distance from the shores of Halifax between George’s Island and the MacDonald Bridge, will see Canada’s home team compete against Australia, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, New Zealand, Spain, ...

Sun and Fun at Chester Yacht Club Since 1902!

Helly Hansen Chester Race Week Takes Place August 16-19, 2023: There’s only one Chester Race Week has a rich 120-year history, celebrated for spectacular competition on the water combined with an unrivaled social scene off the water. Someone who loves the tradition of Chester Race Week are the owners and crew of the J29 Scotch Mist who sailed their first Chester Race Week in 1983. This year will be their 40th anniversary at the event and they are celebrating. The MacDonald family has ...

Around the World in 233 Days: Kirsten Neuschäfer Wins the 2022 Golden Globe Race

Above photo: Originally from Gqeberha, South Africa, Neuschäfer has been sailing dinghies since she was a child and began sailing professionally in 2006. Submitted photo Kirsten Neuschäfer became the first woman to win an around-the-world race by sailing around the three great capes — Africa’s Cape of Good Hope, Australia’s Cape Leeuwin and South America’s Cape Horn — when she won the 2022 Golden Globe Race (GGR). The GGR requires that participants only work with the ...

40 Degrees North: Where Change Begins

40 Degrees North, a venture by Todd Ellis and Shane Theunissen, was scheduled to sail from Halifax to Portugal in late May to raise money for the Nova Scotia Sea School. Ellis and Theunissen met during the Wednesday night races at the Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron, where they discussed their love for sailing. “I had this plan to go to Portugal, and I said to Todd, ‘Hey Todd, we get along pretty well, so how would you like to come along for a trip across to Portugal?’ He thought about ...