I Am A Sailor

This story appeared in the April edition of the Sail Nova Scotia newsletter. Congratulations Owen !!!

I Am A Sailor…
Owen Hobbs

The big boats get thowen Hobbse glory but the little boats make the sailor. Fourteen year old Owen Hobbs of Shelburne Harbour Yacht Club certainly fits that bill. After trying a few sports like baseball and soccer Owen found that the sea was calling him. The availability of affordable sailing camps in Shelburne helped kick start this young sailor’s career. After learning to sail in under the guidance of Max Page, Nova Scotia’s 2015 Community Coach of the Year at the CANSail summer camp, Owen has quickly graduated to take command of his own vessel and teach his crew (Mom) to sail. Owen and Mom (Leslie) purchased a used Albacore sailing dinghy and lovingly restored it in time to make the start line of SHYC Wednesday Night Race Series. A true bonding experience for mother and son as they often go out for supper and talk about the race. Aside from the Wednesday night races, Owen often ventures out to the islands of Shelburne harbour with mom and little brother Miles for picnics on the beach. With ambitions of becoming an instructor or sailing coach, Owen has since attended the 420 Regatta in Baddeck and the East Coast Albacore Championship in Shelburne to hone his skills

Another Great Showing

Shelburne Sailors Compete in Bay Wind Regatta

The Shelburne Sailing Academy is celebrating yet another successful weekend of competition at the Bay Wind Regatta in St. Margaret’s Bay. From July 21st to 23rd, nine Shelburne athletes demonstrated their ability to compete on an inter-provincial level.  Overall, the club finished the weekend with two top-three results and many other successful standings.

In the Club 420 fleet, Savannah Taylor and Tanner Christie came out with a 1st place win, and Mason Bell and Sam Foss finished with an 18th place standing. Guy Tipton and Nick Williams finished with second place standing in the i420 fleet, and in the Opti Fleet, Rafael Pedro, Forrest Robinson, and Will Tipton all finished in the top 30.

A local article outlining the successes can be found at: http://www.southcoasttoday.ca/content/strong-showing-shelburne-sailors-bay-wind-regatta.

The Shelburne Harbour Yacht Club and the Shelburne Sailing School Association congratulate our dedicated athletes, and look forward to competing at the upcoming Bras d’Or Yacht Club Weekend Regatta from August 6th-12th in Baddeck.

 

Our Visitors

As it has been for many years, Shelburne continues to be a favourite for many cruising sailors, and we get, on average, about 250 visiting boats every year…..from all over the world. Everywhere from New Zealand…Australia… South Africa…Iceland…Sweden…throughout Europe, and all through the coastal US. We even had a visitor from Doha, Qatar this summer. This link will give you a birds-eye view of how far our visitors have travelled. You can read about what our visitors are saying at http://www.shyc.ca/comments

Baddeck Race Week

 Baddeck Race Week is held annually held the first full week of August and is a high intensity regatta that allows racers the opportunity to compete in four (4) races each day for five (5) days.  With coaches from every participating club on the water with the racers, each sailor is coached throughout the regatta as they require; junior sailors receive encouragement and instruction as they race, the more experienced sailors receive more detailed and race specific instruction.  The week is free of charge for racers as well.  Changing wind conditions, an intensive and prolonged racing schedule, as well as more complicated race courses all mean this week is challenging in ways that help to develop racers for future events...read more