Shearwater to Petpeswick Race Dinner and Dance

The Shearwater to Petpeswick Race … Supper … Dance is an annual event which has produced many fine stories over the years; some of them are even true.

You too can be part of this annual tradition and enjoy the comradery of fellow members and our good friends in Musquodobit Harbour.

On July 22nd breakfast will be served at SYC beginning at 0830 with the skippers’ meeting at 0930 and the race start at 1030.

The good folks at Petpeswick ask that you pre-order your supper by July 19th by emailing or texting 902-817-2006.

The bar is open at 4:30 PM and Steak Supper at 6:00 PM. The Dance starts at 9:00 PM.

Steaks, salads, desserts: $20 per person for Steak Supper, $5 per child for Hot Dog and Drink. The Dance is free for racers, $7 for members and $10 for non-members.

Race sailing instructions:  Hfx-Petpeswick SI – 2017

Monday Night Training With George and Jim in June

On Monday, June 12th at 1830 hours, a crew assembled on the South Dock eagerly anticipating words of wisdom from the master himself, George Carson, and his first mate, Jim Gaw. Under the tutelage of these seafaring veterans, we were well rewarded for our attention. The secrets of successful sailing were carefully shared with one and all.

The attentive nautical cadets learned about:

  1. common sailboat terms
  2. how to raise the mainsail
  3. getting the jib unfurled
  4. how to read the telltales correctly
  5. effective trimming on a beat
  6. how to get the boat going on a run
  7. tips and tricks for setting the boat correctly on a reach
  8. putting the boat away for the night

Brian Fry graciously provided his Tanzer 31 for the training. If you need any tips on how to make your boat look great, make Brian your first stop. 

Learn to Sail with George Carson

Mondays in June starting at 18:30:

George Carson has graciously offered to lead an informal “Learn to Sail” course on Mondays during June. He asks that we convene at 6:30 PM. Plan to join other novice sailors on June 12th, 19th and 26th to up your skills. If you wish more information, best to chat with George.

There is no charge for this program but might I suggest that George would be open to the notion of an infusion from the bar. 

Note: This is not a certified course … just friends helping friends. Looking forward to seeing a good turnout. Please spread the word.

Cheers, Phil

Tall Ships Returning to Nova Scotia

Reproduced from the June Sail NS Newsletter

The Tall Ships are returning to Nova Scotia this summer as part of Rendez-Vous 217 Tall Ships Regatta, a Canada 150 celebration. Stops in ports take place across the province including in Halifax (July 29-August 1), which is the start line of the last leg of this Sail Training International 7,000 nautical mile transatlantic race.

Full details about the event, and a social media contest, can be found here Be sure to sign up for their e-newsletter to get all of the updates.

Get on Board!

Not only can you see the visiting fleet in port, you can take advantage of the experience of a lifetime and join the crew.

Has sailing to Quebec City always been on your bucket list? Are you looking for a challenging summer adventure for your teen? Dreamt of sailing into Halifax as part of a tall ships Parade of Sail? All of these opportunities and so many more are available as both short and long haul voyages. There is an adventure for anyone of any age.

A list of all available vessels and berths can be found at Any questions can be sent to

Boxing Rock Cup Harbour Race Set for June 10

Reproduced from the June Sail NS Newsletter

The annual 2017 Boxing Rock Cup, formerly the Harbour Race, will be held Saturday, June 10. Racing starts from both Bedford Basin Yacht Club and the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron at 1pm with the finish line off Bishop’s Landing. Once again it will be a pursuit race with start times based on your handicap. Awards will be presented on the winning boats at the raft-up party. Event poster and NOR posted here

Friday Night BBQ dinners

Image result for family bbq clipartCome on down to the club and enjoy good steak at a great price.  We also offer chicken, salmon and hamburgers as well and are always exploring new options.  All meals are accompanied by sides and dessert.  And, of course, you get to enjoy the great company of other SYC members.  The BBQ meals are self-cook but there is always someone around to help with the BBQ aspect.  The bar will open at 6 pm and the BBQs fired up and ready to go for 6:30.  For this Friday, reservations are requested by Thursday evening but will normally be requested by Wednesday evening. Just call 902-469-8590 and leave a message, including what you would like to eat – steak, chicken, salmon or hamburger.

The cost of the meals is $12.00 for steak; $10.00 for chicken and salmon.  Children under 12 years of age eat for 1/2 price; children under 6 years eat for free.

Constitution & By-Laws

Use the links in this article to view the SYC Constitution and By-Laws approved as of December, 2016.

Click on the PDF image to the right to view the most recent version of the Constitution dated December 2016.
Click on the PDF image to the right to view the most recent version of the Bi-Laws proposed November 2015 and approved December 2016.

2017 Membership Information

Click to fill out the 2017 Membership ApplicationIt is once again time to fill out your application.

The form is in digital form and can be found on the club’s website. The Waiver is also included on the form and all you’ll need to do to sign it is to put the check in the box and pick the date you are filling the form.

1. MOORING FIELD OR MARINA BERTH: If you wish to moor your boat the same way you did last year (summer storage, mooring field, or marina berth) fill out the form as such. If you haven’t already told Pat you want to make a change from the mooring field or summer storage to a dock, call her right away and she will put you on the waiting list for a dock, and fill out the form as if you were getting a mooring like last year. If you are assigned a dock, you will then be required to pay the difference. Please note that marinas are assigned every year as per club constitution and just because you had one last year does not guarantee that you are getting one this year.

2. PAYMENT PLAN: If you wish to use the payment plan you must bring your application form to Pat at the office no later than 26 March. As in previous years you will need a check for $82.00 (covers the bar levy, gift fund and Sail Nova Scotia fee) and a void check.

4. INSURANCE POLICIES: Please ensure that your insurance policy is up to date and that you have provided a copy of the proof of insurance to the office. Failure to maintain adequate insurance may result in cancellation of membership and removal of your boat from club property. You may have your insurance company e-mail or fax your proof of insurance directly to the office.

5. PAYMENT DUE DATE: Payments can be made at any time after you have sent your application. Payments can be made by cheque, Credit Card or Debit at the club office. All payments are due on 1 April. Interest may be charged on overdue account. Furthermore, you may lose your marina berth if your account is not paid in full.

Rick Jones
Vice Commodore SYC