Schooner Race Week

The Nova Simage3cotia Schooner Association are holding their annual race week in Shelburne harbour from August 6 -12.  It has been several years since the harbour has seen a fleet of schooners in Shelburne.  Excitement is building with anticipation of an outstanding week of sailing.  The Association always has an open door policy and welcome visitors on their vessels.  This is a chance to be up close to an actual schooner, these magnificent sailing vessels that are slowly disappearing from the ocean.  Once upon a time our coast was peppered with schooners.  They were the workhorses of the water. Generations of families have made a prosperous living working on these vanishing vessels.  The Nova Scotia Schooner Association are dedicated to the preservation of schooners.  They honour the working history of the boats and the crews who sailed them. SchoonerAssociationRiverport They are invited yearly to a different Nova Scotia port to sail their privately owned and operated vessels in a full week of races.  The show is not one to be missed and is sure to be a forever memory once seen.  In celebration of Canada’s 150 birthday they have an added bonus for visitors.  They are going to be joined by the totally new,  the totally magnificent schooner COLUMBIA from Florida, USA..  The original COLUMBIA raced against our beloved BLUENOSE but our BLUENOSE remained the champion.  Later, COLUMBIA was lost off Sable Island with no survivors.  This new vessel is an exact replica of the original and it is well worth the trip to see her.  She will be racing for the coveted Fishermans Trophy. All the trophies will be on public display at the Canada Post office on Mowatt St, Shelburne. Expect to see at least 2 schooners from the Caribbean,  possibly 4 from Maratha’s Vineyard and 2 from Gloucester.  In short,  the guest schooners are going to be numerous and you will be challenged to find a more beautiful fleet of schooners anywhere.  Shelburne Harbour Yacht Club is a spectacular place to berth and relax after a day of outstanding sailing. IMG_3754 It is also the best place in town to view the races and see these majestic vessels hoist their sails and ‘schoon’ away.  It will take your breath away and you will be forever happy to recall the memory of seeing something so unusual in 2017 that was so usual in 1867.  Happy 150 to you.  We hope to see you in Shelburne Nova Scotia August 6-12.         

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

2016 Awards Night


The Shelburne Harbour Yacht Club held their annual end of season Awards Night Dinner and Dance on Saturday, October 15th at the Osprey Arts Centre. The delicious meal was catered byThe Lobster Shack and the music for the dance was the band “Hourglass”. Emcee, Guy Tipton, thanked Commodore, Gail Ringer and all the volunteers for helping make this year run so smoothly with the Sailing Academy and the Learn to Sail program. The Commodore also presented awards to 2 of the SHYC volunteers for all they have done this year…..Judy Seale and Linda McNichol.



A” Class.     “SOU’WESTER” – Bob Erwin, Bradd Wilson, Rick Brackett & cawards2016-061rew
“B” Class. “AMETHYST” – Dave & Annette Williams & crew
“C” Class.     “CALIENTE” – Royden Nickerson & crew


“A” Class. – “NATURAL HIGH” – Eric MacIntosh & crew
“B” Class – “AMETHYST” – Dave & Annette Williams & crew
“C” Class – “CALIENTE” – Royden Nickerson & crewawards2016-067


“A” Class – “HARD EI8HT” – Lawrence Taylor & crew
“B” Class – “FANCY FREE” – Paul & Doris Smith & crew
“C” Class – “CALIENTE” – Royden Nickerson & crew


“A” Class – “NATURAL HIGH” – Eric MacIntosh & crewawards2016-070
“B” Class – “AMETHYST” – Dave & Annette Williams & crew
“C” Class – “CALIENTE” – Royden Nickerson & crew



“A” Class – “NATURAL HIGH” – Eric MacIntosh & crewawards2016-068
“B” Class – “AMETHYST” – Dave & Annette Williams & crew
“C” Class – “CALIENTE” – Royden Nickerson & crew

“CALIENTE” – Royden Nickerson & crewawards2016-069


“A” Class – “HARD EI8HT” – Lawrence Taylor & crewawards2016-074
“B” Class – “FRASCATI” – Alan & Jan Pulfrey & crew
“C” Class – “CALIENTE” – Royden Nickerson & crew


“CALIENTE” Royden Nickerson & crew


Kevin Locke

The Start Committee Jennifer Davis, Peggy Spurr, Harry O’Connor & Don Easterday received a standing ovation from everyone in the room and a gift in appreciation for all their time to volunteer starting and tabulating all the races. Without the start committee there would be no racing.

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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 more