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How Can Racing Sailors Benefit by Volunteering with Race Committee?

by Rick Anderton

This PowerPoint presentation is targeted to the NSC Able Sail racers, but is applicable to all sailors interested in improving their racing performance.

I think many of us, myself included, suffer from head-in-the-boat when we race sailboats, as helm or crew.

Race Committee Roles:  Race Officer, Timer, Sounds, Flags, Recorders, LIne Judges, Scorers, Marksetters


  • From the Signal Boat
  • From the Pin Boat
  • From the Windward Markset
  • From a Spectator Boat with Commentator


  • NOD @ NSC: June 15 & 16, 2019
  • National Capital Cup Regatta: July 6 – 7
  • National Capital Regatta / Bob Yuile Memorial Regatta (BYC): July 13 – 14
  • Coupe de Quebec (PCYC Pointe Claire, QC): July 27 – 28
  • Ontario Provincial Championships (John Farrell Regatta Hamilton, ON): August 10 – 11
  • 2019 Ottawa Mobility Cup Regatta: September 9 – 13
  • (Tentative) Hudson Woman’s Keelboat Championship: September 26 – 29

2019 Voile Démontrative/Portes Ouvertes/Sociale BBQ


Association de la Voile Addapte de la Nation Capital (NCASA)

Club de Voile Nepean


Démonstration de voile adaptée / 
Journée portes ouvertes / Sociale BBQ 2019

Samedi 22 juin

Club de Voile Nepean (3259, avenue Carling)
10 h à 16 h

(Passez par le pavillon et suivez les directions
pour vous rendre au quai de voile adaptée)

  • Joignez-vous à nous et profitez de cette activité divertissante!!!
  • Faites de nouvelles connaissances et vivez une nouvelle expérience!!!
  • Des bénévoles seront sur place pour vous aider à transférer dans le voilier et vous accompagner sur l’eau!
  • Apprenez-en plus sur le programme de leçons de voile de l’été 2019
  • Venez retrouver de vieux amis, nouer de nouvelles amitiés et vous amuser…

Le Conseil d’administration de NCASA et des représentants du NSC seront sur place toute la journée pour répondre à vos questions au sujet du programme de voile adaptée.

Pour plus d’information, communiquez avec :

Pour le 22 juin contacter:

Wendi Robinson Ley

Nous espérons vous y voir!


Version en PDF

2019 June 22nd Open House/Demo Sail/BBQ Social


National Capital Able Sail
Association (NCASA)

Nepean Sailing Club


2019 Get-Out-On-The-Water Open House/Demo Sail/BBQ Social

 Saturday June 22nd 

 Nepean Sailing Club (3259 Carling Avenue)
10:00 am to 4:00pm

BBQ Social 11:30 – 2:00 pm

(Go through the clubhouse and look for
directions down to the Able Sail dock)

    • Come out and enjoy the Fun!!!
    • Meet New People and Enjoy the Freedom of Sailing!!!
    • Volunteers will be available to help you into the boat and go for your first sail!!!
    • Learn about the 2018 Learn-to-Sail Program
    • Connect with old friends, make new ones
    • NCASA Board of Directors and NSC Representatives will be available all day to answer your questions about the Adaptive Sail program
    • What you’ll need: Water proof rain jacket, Water proof rain pants, Water proof rain boots, dry socks & shoes to change into after sailing, a towel to dry off if you get wet, a camera to take pictures and a water bottle to keep hydrated
    • note that most sailors don’t usually get soaked when sailing, but it’s good to have this gear just in case
    • BBQ will start at 11:30 am. We will be serving hot dogs, hamburgers, sausages with all the condiments and fixins’, potato salad, pasta salad, and Caesar salad. Donations are welcome to help offset some of the cost of the food expenses. The event will go on rain or shine. In the event of inclement weather, the BBQ will be held in a sheltered area at the sailing school instead of on the able sail dock.

    For more information & to RSVP for the BBQ, contact:                                       

    Wendi Robinson Ley


    NCASA Board of Directors and NSC Representatives will be available all day to answer your questions about the Adaptive Sail program.

Hope to see you there!


View PDF Version Here!

In Memoriam – Jackey Ouellette

Jackey OuelletteI have to sadly announce that one of our sailors, Jackey Ouelette has unfortunately passed away. After a long struggle with COPD, she passed peacefully at the Arnprior Hospital on Sunday February 26, 2017. She was 53. She will be dearly missed. Jackey would be very touched to see the Ablesail community gather and also meet her family and other people in the Ottawa area that meant so much to her at a very difficult time in her life. I can’t put into words the admiration that I have for everyone in this program and could never thank everyone enough for what they did for Jackey.



Congratulations Shaylagh Ley!

On February 1st, 2017, a full table of NCASA sailors and supporters gathered at Algonquin College for the Ottawa Sports Award. We were all there  to cheer Shaylagh Ley who was recognised for her achievements in sailing during the summer 2016.

Shaylagh has been sailing for three years. In 2016, at 16 years of age, she  placed first in the silver fleet event at the Mobility Cup. At this regatta, she defeated 22 sailors from all across Canada and two from the U.S. Shaylagh also finished second in the Quebec Disabled Sailing Championships against a field of 14 competitors.

Congratulations Shaylagh, you are making all of us very proud!

In Memoriam – Monique Cormier

Monique Cormier
Monique Cormier

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Monique Cormier on October 12, 2016. Monique passed away peacefully surrounded by family and close friends. The National Capital Able Sail Association (NCASA) and the entire Able Sail community was blessed to have Monique in our midst.

Monique took great joy in the time she spent in support of the disabled sailing. She did everything asked of her. Her service included travelling to regattas to support sailors, serving on the board of NCASA, supporting the planning and implementation of both the 2003 and 2012 Mobility Cups and several local National Capital Cups and supporting sailors without hesitation. She was a champion of disabled sailing, doing all of this not having been a sailor which makes it even more remarkable. Her energy was infectious and she never failed to roll up her sleeves and do what needed to be done.

She will be missed but Monique’s spirit and smile will be forever with us.


Monique died of cancer on 12 October and she was buried on 18 October.

Donations in her memory may be made to Programme Extra-Mural de Caraquet. Send your condolences and donations to Famille Cormier, 186 rue Boudreau, Caraquet NB E1W1A5.  (tel 506 726 6066)

Dorn Roche Receives the Community Leader Award 2015!

Congratulations to Dorn Roche, recipient of the Community Leader Celebration of People Award 2015 in Memory of Cathy Kerr!

Dorn Roche, Treasurer of NCASA, received the Community Leader Award in memory of Cathy Kerr at the Celebration of People Awards 2015 on December 3rd in Ottawa .

Dorn Roche Celebration of People 2015

This is Dorn’s profile published on the Celebration of People 2015 website:

Dorn Roche is an active community leader impacting both the organizations he supports and the community. As a professional accountant he has used his professional training to assist the Holy Cross Parish Knights of Columbus, National Capital Able Sail Association, Capital Wheelchair Curling Club and National Capital Sports Council for the Disabled. He also actively participates and encourages others to take part in the sports of sailing and curling. Dorn is also involved with Reach Canada, Citizen Advocacy Ottawa, Catholic Christian Outreach and Spinal Cord Injury Ontario.

The full list of finalists for the 2015 awards can be found here.