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Sail Canada Youth Championships

The premier event each year for Canada's youth and developing sailors is the Sail Canada annual Youth Championship. Focused on the 19 and under age group, Sail Canada ensures that each year it is hosted in a different part of the country,  to give maximum exposure and opportunity for young athletes from the various regions.  In 2017, the event moves east, and we have been selected as the host.

The timing of the event is important, as the provincial and national authorities will take the results of the Youth Championship into account in selecting their teams of athletes to progress to major events in subsequent years. This year the final week of August has been chosen.  Monday, 28 August will be a training day, followed by four days of racing with the last day and awards taking place on Friday, 1 September, just before the Labour Day week-end.  We expect over 100 of the country's best young sailing athletes to compete in what is sure to be an exciting competition.

Regatta Chair: Rod Millar
Registration: Dave Lane
Principal Race Officer: Peter van Muyden

Use the list below to access detailed information about the regatta (or scroll down):

National Sponsors: Canada, Volvo, Helly Hansen, Sail Canada

Major Sponsors: NS Department of Communities Culture and Heritage, Halifax, SubwayShining Waters Marine 

Other Sponsors: The Binnacle, the Yacht ShopOffice Interiors

We thank in advance all our sponsors, competitors, coaches, many volunteers, race officers, judges, and club staff that are all needed to make a successful event!

Official Documents

Race Documents:


Competitors and Coaches are encouraged to register on-line. The links to register are:

Useful Sail Canada tools:

You can also register in person:

  • Sunday Aug 27, 1530-1830 
  • Monday Aug 28, 0830-1030
  • Monday Aug 28, 1530-1830

Refund Policy: Before July 31 - full refund, less $10 admin fee; August 5-18, 50% refund; August 19 on, no refund unless documented medical evidence is provided (less $25 admin fee).

The Early Registration Deadline is August 4.

Registration Queries: Contact Dave Lane

Race Results

Race results (when available) are posted below:

We use Sailwave scoring software

How to Get Here

We are located at: 5 Foxberry Hill, Glen Haven, NS, B3Z 2W2

  • By road:
    • Drive down the Peggy's Cove Road until you get to Glen Haven. Look for the Croucher's Point Road on the right. The club is near the end of the road on the left.
    • From Halifax (Bayers Road) follow these driving directions from Google.
  • By air:
    • The nearest airport is Halifax Stanfield International Airport (code YHZ), about 45 minutes drive from the regatta site.
    • Follow these driving directions from Google Maps.
    • It has direct flights to many eastern US and Canadian cities via the major US/Canadian carriers including Air Canada, Porter Airlines, Westjet, United, and Delta.

Regatta Food

NOTE: We cannot guarantee that SMSC facilities or the food that is served are nut free.

Breakfast (or pack your own lunch if you like) is provided for competitors and registered coaches from 8:30-10am from Tuesday, August 28 to Friday, September 1 and consists of:

  • a variety of bagels and toast - cream cheese, peanut butter and jams are available
  • Juices - orange and apple
  • Yogurts - variety packs
  • Granola bars
  • Apples/bananas
  • A water dispenser will be onsite for competitors so a water bottle will be required

A dinner on Monday, August 28 at 6pm will consist of (still being finalized - may be changed):

  • Pizza and Caesar salad
  • Dessert (eg. cake or cookies)
  • Juice and water

You have to wear the bracelet provided at registration to access the food service.

Local Accommodations

Lists of accommodations of various types are linked in the table below.

Local Accommodations 

Regional Accommodations
See the Nova Scotia Tourism Site (select the Halifax Metro region)

Local Tourism Information
Peggy's Cove Coastal Region (from the St. Margaret's Bay Regional Tourism Development Agency)

Info for Non-Residents

If you are coming to the regatta from outside Canada, including the US, there are a number of things that you need to know and do, such as:

  • You will need travel documents – typically a passport – to cross the border into Canada and to return to your country of residence.
  • Citizens of some countries (not Canada or the US) may need a visa (see for a list of which nationalities do, or do not require visas, and how to apply).  If you do require a visa, enter the regatta on-line, and after you complete your entry we will be pleased to provide a letter of invitation, should it be required for your visa application.
  • If anyone in your party is under the age of 18 they should have valid travel documents, and if your party is travelling in multiple vehicles, children under the age of 18 should travel with their parents or guardians at the border. If you are travelling with someone under the age of 18 and you are not the child’s parent or guardian, you should have a letter from the child’s parent or guardian authorizing their entry into Canada under your care.
  • If you are arriving by car from the US with a boats or boats, you should have registration documents for your tow vehicle and trailer, as well as registrations documents or bills of sale for any boats that you are bringing across the border. If you do not own the vehicles or boats you will need letters from their owners permitting you to bring them into Canada for the regatta. You will need the same information when returning to the US. Boats may be brought into Canada free of duties and taxes but must be taken out of Canada at completion of your visit.
  • More details of these requirements can be found on official websites – we recommend that you consult official sources. For travel documents and visas (visas are not required by US citizens who are tourists) see and for crossing the border see