Whirligig Festival

As has been the case for the past 21 (count ’em, 21) years, Shelburne has been host to the fantastic, local volunteer driven Whirligig and Weathervane festival. This year, with a theme of “Wind and Whimsy,” our own Sailing Academy will be on site with a booth and a boat or two from the Academy fleet. Visitors of all ages will be able to explore hands on and gain a better understanding of these ultimate wind machines.

C’mon down to see all of what the festival has to offer and stop by our area to say hello to the volunteers and young Academy sailors and coaches who will be on site. 


Our last email detailing “Operation 29er” identified categories of giving that will be a part of our fundraising plan. It was helpfully pointed out that our numbers included some overlap. So to be clear: 
GOLD MEDALISTS:      $1,000 and up
SILVER MEDALISTS:   $500 – 999. 
QUALIFIERS:                $50 – 99
COMPETITORS:           (up to) $49

Remember, it doesn’t matter what level of giving you choose. It only matters that you join us if you believe in what we’re trying to accomplish. 

Thanks again for your consideration. See you at the Festival!

Rob Stork
SHYC, Marina & Sailing Academy

HMCS Oriole

What a great weekend it was. HMCS Oriole, the Royal Canadian Navy’s sail training ketch was in harbour as part of her centennial tour (the keel was laid in 1921). An 8-vessel flotilla steamed out to greet her Friday morning and Saturday, she fired her cannon at the start of SHYC’s annual Centennial Cup keelboat race (marking the centennial of Shelburne’s incorporation in 1907). See pics below followed by the list of all who made it possible along with some news and upcoming events.

Some of the flotilla: (left to right) Aslan’s Wind, HMCS Oriole, Homer’s Odyssey, Sou’wester

Start of the Centennial Cup Race (in very light air).

Boys playing with fire (and planked salmon).

Shelburne Deputy Mayor, Elizabeth Acker presents the 2021 Centennial Cup to “Snafu” and skipper, Royden Nickerson 

Officers and Crew of HMCS Oriole.  

Lt. Cmdr. Rob Pelton presents Oriole’s Centennial Patch to Commodore Rob Stork. “Hi, I’m Rob. No, I’m Rob”

Our most earnest and heartfelt thanks to the following volunteers who made the supper possible:

Salmon (Value $600) donated by Cooke’s Aquaculture
Sherri & Ken Taylor, who drove to Dartmouth to pick it up!
Sherri Taylor
Willa Magee
Linda McNicol
Daphne O’Reilly
MaryJane Brackett
Chrissy Magee
Naniya Trevors
Claudia Lorensen
Mu Yang
Savannah Taylor

Ken Taylor
Lawrence Taylor
Shawn Williams
Francis Campbell
Norman Wallet
Fred Greenwood
John Alliker
Mike O’Callaghan
Seth Renaud
Andy Blackmer
Neve Pedro

Sherri Taylor
Manager, Jennifer Atwood
Staff: Katie Peacock, Daniel Slack and Tara McNaughton

Marta Stork
Sherri Taylor 

Apologies in advance for any we may have missed. Additional thanks go to your Rear Commodore, Bradd Wilson for his planning and coordination work with the town and the Oriole. 

And truly massive thanks must go to your Vice Commodore, Sherri Taylor, who sweated every detail, figuratively and literally.