Upcoming Events!! Mark Your Calendars


We have a few more events that will take us up to the end of the 2018 Season and then we have a little break until we are back at it again.    If you have any ideas you would like to see us plan for club events or activities, please feel free to reach out to me, I am always looking for new ideas!!

FRIDAY NIGHT BBQ’S – There are still steaks left so we will continue until they are gone!!  Remember to call Pat no later than Noon on Thursday to confirm your attendance.


CLUB AWARDS NIGHT!! – Saturday November 17,  Wine and Cheese is at 7PM, Awards begin at 8PM.   Please remember you did not have to race to attend this fun evening.  Come out and support the members of our club.


LIVE ENTERTAINMENT!! – Friday November 23 7PM – 10PM – $10.00 PP (RSVP PAT BY NOON THURSDAY NOVEMBER 22)  TIM BOWERS is in the house!!  Come out for a great evening of entertainment.   Tim is celebrating his 40th year of being a Singer/Songwriter/ Entertainer. His family’s roots run deep with the NS Music Industry that include his Father Eric and his Uncle Gary Bowers.   Covering Pop, Folk, Country, Old time R&R and Blues. From Hank Williams to the Tragically Hip, and everything in between.  PLEASE BRING AN APPETIZER TO ADD TO THE TABLE IF YOU WISH.


AGM AND PRE-TAIL GATE PARTY!!  – Sunday November 25,  2PM-6PM. 

FOLLOWING THE AGM : A CHILI COOK OFF!!   We have alot of great cooks here at SYC, so as in past tradition, we will be having a chili cook off.   Anyone who wants to participate and take home the crown to the best Chili in town, please let Pat know by Friday November 23rd.


DECORATE THE CLUB CHRISTMAS TREES!!  Sunday December 2, 2PM.   If you have any ornaments you want to part with please feel free to bring them to the club.   We will have egg nog, cookies and holiday tunes to put us into the holiday spirit.


CHRISTMAS PARTY POTLUCK – Saturday December 8th – Kids Crafts begin at 4pm, Santa arrives at 4:30!!!   Supper is at 5pm.   George is cooking the turkeys and the potatoes and Claire Blight is cooking the ham.    Please bring a dish to contribute to the table, we need side dishes, salads and desserts.  If you are bringing your kids or grand kids to see Santa, remember to bring a gift for Santa to hand out.



NEW YEARS DAY LEVEE! – 11am – 2pm – We will have traditional Moosemilk along with  Homemade Chowder by George Carson and Chill by John Cornby.


Any questions regarding the above, please reach out to Tracey or Pat.


Thank you.


SYC club awards

We are seeking nominations for the following club awards to be presented at our annual awards night on November 17th:   

The Wind Spirit Award is awarded annually to long standing members of the Shearwater Yacht Club who manifest the spirit of camaraderie of boating at our club. The recipients have, over the years, contributed time and effort which exemplifies the role, vision, mission and motto of the club.  They typically will have participated in many facets of club activities such as racing, cruising, social, teaching/mentoring as well as in committee work and club management. The dedication and enthusiasm demonstrated by the recipients of this award clearly illustrate the philosophy of, and enthusiasm for boating which makes our club unique.

Ralph S. MacInnis Award is awarded annually in appreciation of an individual’s significant contribution to the SYC operations. This may be long standing volunteer work or a project that has had a significant impact on club functioning and/or service.

SYC Exceptional Service Award is presented in recognition of a member’s long time exceptional contribution and service to SYC.

Canadian Power Squadron Boating Safety Award is awarded annually to the boater judged to be the most safety conscious individual for the past sailing season.

Many thanks to Brian Fry and James Craig for offering to be part of the awards committee.

Please forward the names of those you wish to nominate to Glenda Carson, at gacarson1@gmail.com by October 31, 2018.

For more detailed information check out the summary of the awards criteria:     SYC Awards summary

The Creepy Halloween Pot Luck – Friday October 26 at 6:30pm

This Friday instead of the Steak BBQ we will be having a Halloween Pot Luck!!  Time to bring out the cooking creativity by making a SPOOTACULAR contribution to the table.  A prize will be won for the Creepiest Food Display!!

Please CALL Pat at the office by Noon on Thursday so we know how many to expect and what you will be bringing.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Tracey or Pat.

Harvest Pot Luck



This Saturday will be our Annual Harvest Pot Luck starting at 6pm.    As usual George Carson “Expert Pig Roaster” will begin roasting the pig in the very early hours of Saturday morning!!   This is a pot luck event, so please bring your salads, appetizers, deserts to add to the tables.  There will also be a 50/50 draw, the bar will be open and back ground music will be playing.     We do need volunteers for clean up at the end of the evening so please let Pat know if you will be helping so you can put your name in for volunteering.   If you are dropping off foods before 6, please put it in the fridge and the volunteers will make sure it gets out to the table. 

Following the Pot Luck head down to the South Dock where L’il Joe (Robert Strickland and Christine) will be hosting an after event to keep the evening going and celebrate the amazing 2018 season we have had!!  MORE DETAILS TO FOLLOW.

Power Boater’s Party – Successful Party #3

So 2018 has been quite the season, so far.  Sadly it is September and haul out is scheduled. Here is a minor recap of highlights. 


North Dock Party = Check

Racing = Check (O.k., Maybe one lost Commodore on one race) 

South Dock Party = Check 

Petpeswick = Check (O.k., one boat stuck in the muck for a while) 

One of the best, warmest, sailing season in a few years = Check 

Power Boaters Party = Check

Rogues Roost = Check 

What else could you ask for…  Wait for it, there may be more from The Social Committee. 

For now… a few photos from the Power Boaters Party (By Christine, A.k.a. 1st Mate, L’il Joe) 










Mid Season Report- Rear Commodore Boating

August is here and so is the mid-point of our boating season.  We have had some great boating weather so far, and club sponsored events have been well attended, and definitely up from last year!

We had fantastic interest in the Monday Night First-Timer Racing Skippers program back in June and early July.  This initiative was spearheaded by Andrew Morrisey, and the first night we had to move the meeting downstairs because of the massive turnout. I counted 46 Skippers, Mentors and Crew!

Andrew covered basic Rules, Race Conduct and then Mentors were paired up with the Skippers, and despite the weather, went out to the boats and evaluated boats, rigs and gear.

We then ran a short series and averaged 9 boats per night out of the 12 who signed up!  Everyone got a taste of light winds, strong winds and some very tactical racing, where they got to demonstrate boathandling, seamanship and good sportsmanship.

A number of the skippers are participating in the Wednesday night series, much of this due to the help and enthusiasm of their crew, and especially the club members who took the time to mentor our new skippers. Thanks to all who participated!

Opening Regatta 2018  was well attended despite BBYC holding their Opening Regatta on the same date, and DYC having their Grand Opening  of their new clubhouse.  Special thanks to George Carson (Fleet Captain-Racing) for setting some great courses and scoring the races, they were close and exciting. Thank you Glenda and Tracey for organizing the on-shore meals and awards, and the enthusiastic volunteers who ran the BBQ’s, food prep, registration, mark setting and Race Management (Committee).  Patricia Jones of course, multitasking, as usual deserves our praise for a job well done!

The Canada Day Sailpast  was a big hit, with 27 boats attending.  SYC has a long history of organizing this event, and as usual did not disappoint with the hotdog and birthday cake finale!  Congratulations to Al Goodwin and crew of Whitt’s End, for having the best decorated boat in the Sailpast.

Series racing.  Wednesday Night Racing has been well attended, again averaging 9 boats per night, up from 4-6 the last few years.  Although  the A Series is finished and in the books, its not too late to join in on the B Series which runs past labour day.

Weekend Trophy Races are also underway, with two of the five scheduled races completed.  The Round the Islands Race, featured beautiful weather and 10 kts of wind, with close racing  right to the end.  The Single-Handed race was challenging, with different wind conditions throughout the course, a good time was had by all.  Next two up, are the Mini-Offshore, August 11th, and Shearwater to Petpeswick Race/Cruise overnighter on August 25-26.

We’ve had a couple Club Cruises undertaken, organized by John Bruce, Fleet Captain-Cruising, that have met with some weather challenges, but well participated nonetheless. The most recent trip down the Rogues Roost, was held on Natal Day weekend, and 8 boats wound their way through the fog to this wonderful anchorage for a big raft-up. Lots of fun, swimming, paddleboarding and beach bathing.  Next on the agenda is the overnighter at Petpeswick Yacht Club, the 25th and 26th of August.

That’s about it for this report, and just remember that any day on the water is a good day, so have a good day, and enjoy everything our Club has to offer.

-John Wynn, Rear Comm. Boating


Just a reminder about this weeks Friday Night BBQ.  For $12.00 you can get Steak, Chicken or Salmon, Salad, Roll and Dessert!!  So Delicious….. You must RSVP to Pat by Phone at 902-469-8590 NO LATER than NOON on Thursday August 2  and let her know what you will be having and if you will be bringing any guests.

If you show up on Friday without an RSVP, there is no guarantee there will be enough food for you as Pat buys based on the numbers confirmed.   So make sure you call!!

Wow – This Weekend !

Maybe it’s the weather, maybe it’s the fastest Spring Launch on record… Shearwater is hopping ! 

Sold out dinners ! 

Higher attendance on race night ! 

Whatever is going on, Shearwater Yacht Club is having a great year – 2018 




Good Morning!!!   

We have a busy fun weekend coming up!!  First we want to thank everyone for the interest in Friday nights BBQ Ribs and Mussels, we are SOLD OUT!!  We have 55 people registered Fantastic turnout!! 

In case you have not read the Regatta Notice to Race posted last week, below are a few of the highlighted items I wanted to bring to your attention.   If you have any questions, please reach out to Pat or Tracey.  

Friday June 22, 2018

BBQ Ribs and Mussels – SOLD OUT!!!!

Saturday June 23, 2018

Homestyle Breakfast – 10:00 – 11:30

$7.00 per person



$15.00 Per person


Sunday June 24, 2018

Homestyle Breakfast – 10:00 – 11:30


Afternoon BBQ – Burgers, Ball Park Hotdogs and Sausages

Regatta Presentation of Awards


Meet and Greet on the Docks – Get to Know your neighbour

Tracey Bruce (Jack Flash) and Laura Napke (Palm Breeze) will be hosting a meet and greet on the docks Saturday June 23, 2018 following the Regatta starting at 6:30 on the North Dock.   We have had so many new members this year we thought it would be a great opportunity to bring everyone out and say hello,, have a few laughs and start our sailing season off right!. Bring a snack if you wish to add to the table we will have set up.

Looking forward to meeting you all.