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

Our South American Cruise during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Doreen Ames and Alan Galley

Our Holland America cruise around southern South America was something both of us had looked forward to for a long time, with one of the highlights being a trip to Cape Horn. Cape Horn is one of those places sailors read about but only the most experienced blue water sailors would attempt to sail there due to its tendency towards very rough weather.

Street in La Boca neighbourhood, Buenos Aires near the old port

We joined Holland Americas MS Zaandam on March 7 in the port of Buenos Aires, Argentina for a 14-day cruise to end on March 21 near Santiago, Chile. This is a mid-sized cruise ship with capacity for 1400 passengers and around 700 crew, our trip maxed out at 1243 passengers and 586 crew. Before going aboard we spent 4 days touring around this fascinating city. It has a very young, vibrant and friendly feeling, with great music and food. And, of course, you can’t go to Buenos Aires without going out to a night of Tango! We had fun while eating a late lunch alfresco in the funky neighbourhood La Boca, with tango and guacho (cowboy) dancing on the outside patio.

Learning to tango (message from our son “That’s not my mom”!!)

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  • 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!


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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.



Martin 16 Regatta Schedule

CalendarNepean One Design – June 17-18, Nepean Sailing Club, Ottawa, ON
Sail Able Nova Scotia – July 1-2, Halifax, NS
National Capital Cup Training Day – July 7, Nepean Sailing Club, Ottawa, ON
National Capital Cup – July 8-9, Nepean Sailing Club, Ottawa, ON
National Capital Regatta (TBC) – July 15 &16, 2017, Britannia Yacht Club, Ottawa, ON
Coupe du Quebec – July 29-30, AQVA, Pointe Claire, QC
Lake Champlain Invitational – August 5-6, Mallets Bay, VT
John Farrell Memorial Provincial Championships – August 5-6, RHYC, Hamilton, ON
Reach Regatta – August 12-13, QQDSP, Toronto, ON
Mobility Cup – September 11-15, Kelowna, BC
Y-Knot Regatta – September 16-17, Lake George, NY