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- NStYA at Halifax Boat Show
- 2016 NStYA Strait Challenge Dates Confirmed
- 2014 Opti Strait Championship & Sailors of the Year
- 16th Annual Gordon MacRae Memorial Race
- Report - Stright MacKay Trap Stright Memorial Regatta
- Trap Stright Award of Merit - 2013
- 2014 Shediac to Cap Pele Winners
- 2013 Strait Championship Winners
- 50th Annual Shediac-Charlottetown Race
- Awards Presented at 2012 Fall AGM
- Cocagne Offshore Race Winners
- Shediac - Cape Pele Annual Fisherman's Yacht Race
- 2011 NStYA Championship Winners
- NStYA Opti Strait Championship Winners at Sail East
- The Simpsons
- Trap Stright Award of Merit
- Meeting Minutes - Spring 2009
- Meeting Minutes - Fall 2008
- Meeting Minutes - March 2008

NStYA at Halifax Boat Show Date: February 10, 2016

The NStYA will have a booth at the Halifax International Boat Show (February 18-21). Stop in and say hello to the club members and get information about local club events and activities, as well as the 2016 NStYA Strait Challenge.

2016 NStYA Strait Challenge Dates Confirmed Date: November 28, 2015

It's official, the date of the 2016 NStYA Strait Challenge is July 25-29.
Following the same route as last year, sailors will begin in Shediac, stop overs in Summerside, Charlottetown, Barrachois and finish the Strait Challenge in Pictou.

2014 Opti Strait Championship & Sailor of the Year Date: December 5, 2014

2014 Opti Strait Championship winner, Margaret Kennedy
of the RKYC and Mickey Cormier, NStYA President.

Sail NB Voile opti sailor of the year, Peter Young of the RKYC and Mickey Cormier, NStYA President.

NStYA Opti Strait Championship trophy hanging on the wall at the Summerside Yacht Club.

16th Annual Gordon MacRae Memorial Race Date: September 16, 2014

The 16th annual memorial cup race in memory of Gordon MacRae and fund raising event for the benefit of Able Sail, sponsored by Dieppe Auto and Volkswagen, was sailed under sunny skies with wind blowing from south east 15 - 18 nautical miles per hour. 46 boats participated in the race all using white sail only (no spinnakers). It was the biggest fleet racing on Shediac Bay for the last 30 years at least. The first boat to finish on elapsed time was Third Tri, a Corsair trimaran skippered by Peter O'Hanley of the Shediac Bay Yacht Club. However, they lost to Soul Mates on corrected time, a Tanzer 26 of the P.C.Y.C. sailed by Gary Robinson and his wife Sharon. They also took first place in C class.

1st in A class went to Third Tri, a Corsain trimaran by Peter O'Hanley - SBYC
2nd in A class was Siren V, a J36 sailed by Pat Boudreau - SBYC
3rd in A class was Gold finger, a C&C 36 sail by Jayne Belliveau - PCYC
1st in B class went to TipSea, a Saber 30 sailed by Luc Bourgeois - PCYC
2nd in B class was Danalex, a Elan 31 sailed by John Stordy - PCYC
3rd in B class was Chiquita, a C&C 29 sailed by Magan Story - SBYC
1st in C class was Soul Mates, a Tanzer 26 by Gary Robinson - PCYC
2nd in C class was Evergreen, a T-Bird 26 by Bill deNiverville - PCYC
3rd in C class was Nandi, a Hunter 33.6 by Tanya Nicols - SBYC

For the female division For the Medes Plaque (for the first female Skipper) on corrected time:
1st place went to Tanya Nicols saling Nandi - SBYC
2nd place was Lois Hick sailing Milo, a Gulf Start 32 - PCYC
3rd place was Magan Story sailing Chiquita, a C&C 29 - SBYC

From left to right, Mark Bridges, Director of Able Sail, Sharon and Gary Robinson accepting the winning trophy from Mickey Cormier, director of promotion and race chairman.

Able Sail is a non-profit organization, which offers a sailing program on Shediac Bay for people with physical & mental disabilities and Gordon McRae was the first client to participate in their program, 26 years ago. For more info, visit: www.ablesail.ca.

Report - Stright MacKay Trap Stright Memorial Regatta Date: September 12, 2014

The Stright MacKay Trap Stright Memorial Regatta was held August 29-31. The event began with a Friday evening race with 10 boats on the start line ready to take on the challenge of the North wind in Pictou Harbour. The course had the competitors sailing to the causeway with their spinnakers flying, then a tight reach to Pictou Landing, and a tricky upwind beat to Pictou. The racers then reversed the course and raced upwind to the finish line. The two Olson 30, Kestrel and Ghost, led the boats to the finish line followed by Oh Chute, a Kirby 25, and Turbulence, a Laser 28. First Place on corrected time went to Kestrel skipper by Shaun MacDonald, 2nd was Oh Chute skipper Ian Wallis, 3rd was Titan, skipper Bill Stright. Big thank you to Kevin MacLean who prepared a feed of mussels in his "secret sauce" and to Subway for the sub sandwiches.

Day 2 of the Stright MacKay Trap Stright Memorial regatta was enjoyed by all the competitors. The boats hit the start line with their spinnakers flying in the bright sunshine and a great south westerly breeze. Ghost and Kestrel led the way out of the harbour, chased by Turbulence, Oh Chute, and Titan and Skidbaldnir. By the time the boats reached the Gull Rock buoy the tide was falling which made it a fast trip to the mark. The two Olson 30's Kestrel and Ghost were first to the mark. The southwest wind started to build reaching close to 12-15 knots which made the race to finish line very close and exciting. In the end, Ghost crossed first for line honours. The corrected time finish order had Titan taking first, Ghost in second and Kestrel in third.

Day 3 of the TTS was epic.......with two races scheduled the overall regatta champion would be determined. Race 1 started with a fresh 15 -18 knot breeze from the south west. The first race was an in harbour race doing 2 triangles around the buoy's, The first mark to round was at the causeway, Kestrel led the way with Ghost close behind. With the breeze starting to increase the lead boats made the decision to fly the spinnakers and took off. The breeze was building and things started to get interesting, Kestrel and Ghost were the first boats to broach with the other boats soon getting knocked down as well. Once everyone was back under control, the fleet made a quick run to the next mark, then a windward beat to the causeway. The wind continued to build so the spinnakers stayed below until the opportunity came to fly them, then the boats flew down the harbor to the finish. Kestrel was the first to finish, then Ghost, Turbulence, Oh Chute. This race would turn out to be the closest finish of the regatta with Kestrel edging out Oh Chute by 5 seconds, 3rd was Titan, Ghost was 4th.

By the start of the final race the wind was a steady 20-25 knots with gust to 30 knots. There were 7 boats on the start line ready to take on the challenging conditions. The course was a windward beat to the causeway, then downwind to Pictou Landing, then to the lighthouse at the mouth of the harbour, back to the Pictou waterfront and then downwind to the finish. Let's just say this was going to be a wet and wild ride for the racers. Ghost led the race from start to finish, followed by Kestrel and Turbulence, and Titan in fourth. In the end only 4 boats finished the race with some boats damaging sails and gear as well as some sore hands. The final corrected result was Ghost 1st, Titan 2nd, Kestrel 3rd and Turbulence 4th.

The final results for the overall winner of the TTS was very close, Kestrel sailed by Shaun MacDonald edged out Titan, sailed by Bill Stright, for the overall regatta win. Ghost skippered by Peter Scott from Charlottetown finished third. Class overall winners were: Class A: Kestrel, Class B: Oh Chute, Class C: Titan and Class D: Reach (Jeff Sharpe).

PYC and all the competitors want to thank our title sponsors, Stright- MacKay for the generous support, and Mount Gay Rum for their products and the coveted "Red Hats". We also want to thank all the visiting boats from Charlottetown and Barrachois, to all the volunteers for helping with results, the BBQ and clean up, Natasha for her flawless starts and super bar tending skills and Bill and Kim Stright for their dedication to this great annual regatta.

Trap Stright Award of Merit - 2013 Date: September 5, 2014

The Trap Stright Award of Merit is awarded to an boat or individual who has been a great Representative of the Association. In 2013 it was awarded to Wellington Gay of the Charlottetown Yacht Club.

2014 Shediac to Cap Pele Winners Date: September 2, 2014

Shediac to Cap Pele Overall Winners - The Simpsons

Shediac to Cap Pele A Class Winners - The Simpsons

Shediac to Cap Pele D Class Winners - Danalex

2013 Strait Championship Winners - The Simpsons Date: August 20, 2013

50th Annual Shediac-Charlottetown Race Date: July 16, 2013

Skippers for Night Race

Race winners for the day Bermuda-start race.
From left, 1st Place Ken Hynes skipper of SNAP DRAGON with crew Bruce Hillstrom, NStYA President Mickey Cormier, and 2nd place winner Basil Dickson of MILAGROS


1st Snap Dragon Ken Hynes
2nd Milagros Basil Dickson
DNF Leilani Brian Scales
DNF Lady Bug Marc Cormier
DNF Egcapade Dan Lealne
DNF Thrumcap 3 Peter Davis
DNF Castine Leo La Plate

1st Overall and C Class winners of BLUE MOON Skippered by Jean Claude Leblond & Louie Leblond

Special guest speaker, John Rankin of CYC (left) with Ellen MacPhail and the always dapper Doug Gaudet, Master of Ceremonies for the evening's festivities

Special guest speaker, Dick Wedge of SYC (right) with Ellen MacPhail

Awards Presented at 2012 Fall AGM Date: November 30, 2012

2012 NStYA Overall Championship Winner, Siren III. John Rankin (left) presenting trophy to Mickey Cormier (right)

John Rankin (left) presenting Mickey Cormier (right) Trueman "Trap" Stright Memorial Award of Merit for 2011

Cocagne Offshore Race Winners Date: October 1, 2012

Danny Leger of The Simpsons J29 first overall and A class winner

Lise Fournier and Damien Beauliau of Fineligne J29 3rd place A class winner

Alexandre and John Stordy of the Eland 31 Danalex 1st place D class

Shediac - Cape Pele Annual Fisherman's Yacht Race Date: August 14, 2012

The 32e 20 nautical miles annual Shediac - Cape Pele Fisherman race the 7th of the Northumberland Strait Yacthing Association race series for the strait championship took place last Saturday, the Simpson's a j29 skippered by Danny Leger of the Pt du Chene yacht club won on corrected time and first in A class for the third consecutive year in a row. Siren 111 a Kirby 30 helm by Adam Sowerby of team Siren from P.C.Y.C took second. Third place went to fineligne skippered by Raymond Leblanc also from P.C.Y.C John Stordy Danalex a Eland 31 of P.C.Y.C won the cruising class follow by courage a C&C 34 skippered by Andrew Davis of P.C.Y.C and Lady Bug, a Tanzer 26 helm by Mark Cormier of S.B.Y.C took third place the next race of the series for the Shediac Bay area yacht will be the Shediac - Cocagne island offshore on September the 8th.

Mickey Cormier, director of the NStYA presenting the Cormier - Leblanc fisheries trophy to Danny Leger Skipper and winner of the Shediac Cape Pele Fisherman yacht race

2011 NStYA Championship Winners Date: June 17, 2012

Last year's NStYA Champions, The Simpsons, J29 from PCYC

Accepting the Bill and Diane memorial trophy from left to right Dave Stevens and Danny Legere.
Presented by Mickey Cormier, Marketing Director NStYA.

NStYA Opti Strait Championship Winners at Sail East Date: October 11, 2011

Winner - Chantal Bourque Hudson Yacht Club, Que
2nd - Dina Victorri Saint Piere Miquelon Yacht Club
3rd - Lalou Derouet Saint Piere Miquelon Yacht Club

You can find the results for all the opties on the sail east web site www.saileast2011.org

The Simpsons Date: October 10, 2011

The Simpsons, overall winner for Shediac to CapPele and Cocagne Offshore races.

Simpsons - J29 P.C.Y.C Don Boudreau president of Shediac bay yacht racing association on right presenting the Cormier& Leblanc fisherman trophy to Danny Leger of the Simpsons for overall winner.

Trap Stright Award of Merit Date: January 4, 2011

The Trap Stright Award of Merit is awarded to an boat or individual who has been a great Representative of the Association. With over 40+ years of dedication we are pleased to present this years Award to Dick Wedge of the Summerside Yacht Club. Dick 's boats Whitecap and Cajun Spirit have been regular participants in racing and cruising throughout the Strait. He has served as President, long time executive member and current NStYA Trustee. He was also one of the driving forces behind the Summerside Yacht Club and Marina and continues he continues to be the Spirit of Sailing in Summerside.

Meeting Minutes - Spring 2009 Date: April 11, 2009

Minutes of the NStYA meeting held on March 9, 2009. spring2009.rtf

Meeting Minutes - Fall 2008 Date: Dec 29, 2008

Minutes of the NStYA meeting held on November 15, 2008. fall2008.rtf

Meeting Minutes - March 2008 Date: 2008-05-26

Hello Sailors

Here are the minutes of the NSTYA meeting. march2008.rtf

Hope to see you all on the water soon!
The membership form is on the NSTYA website for your 2008 membership.

Best Regards

Danny Mosher
NSTYA secretary