Nova Scotia to Host 2018 International Nonsuch Association Rendezvous

The Nova Scotia Nonsuch Group would like to invite you to Rendezvous 2018 here in Nova Scotia, commemorating the 40th birthday of the Nonsuch and the 35th anniversary of the International Nonsuch Association (INA). Our local organizing committee is planning an incredible, four-day event filled with traditional Nova Scotian hospitality over the holiday weekend from August 3 though August 6, 2018.

We are holding this event at the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron (RNSYS).

Founded in 1837, the RNSYS is North America’s oldest yacht club. The club is situated on Halifax’s Northwest Arm and enjoys spectacular views from its decks and docks. The club has two swimming pools and several dining venues as well as a full service boatyard. The club has an amazing training facility for young sailors and has produced several Olympic champions.

The Squadron has provided us with special marina rates for visiting yachts and is generously supporting us through discounting or donating the use of their facilities. There will be a series of races taking place in the outer Halifax Harbour, known for its steady, fresh ocean breezes and deep water.

Halifax has many attractions including the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic , HMCS Sackville, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, local brewery and distilling tours, accessible boardwalk at the waterfront and great shopping for visitors to enjoy.

For those who come by boat, there is an opportunity to depart from the RNSYS and continue on to the unspoiled, naturally beautiful, Bras d’Or Lakes. Cruising World magazine calls this lake “a hidden gem that takes cruising to an entirely different level.” The largest town on the Bras d’Or Lake is Baddeck, the summer home of Alexander Graham Bell. There is a famous museum there that bears his name. It’s a fascinating place to visit which features many of his inventions. Bell was famous for running his hydro-foiling boats on the Bras d’Or and his concept is now one of the hottest in modern sailing.

The Cruising Club of America was founded on the Bras d’Or’s in Maskells Harbour. The summer home of sailing legend Harry Anderson, former Commodore of the New York Yacht Club and well known for his contributions to the America’s Cup.

The second cruise offered will head down to the legendary South Shore of Nova Scotia. Here you can take advantage of cruising among 360 of the most beautiful islands and sandy beaches in Nova Scotia.
A little luck may bring you to Oak Island, famous for the legends of buried treasure and home to the History Channel series, “The Curse of Oak Island.” A return trip should include some of best of the South Shore ports, including Chester, Lunenburg, the Lahave River, Carter’s Beach and Shelburne. There will also be the opportunity to do some more racing during Chester Race week, August 15th to 18th, Canada’s largest keelboat regatta.

See the “Schedule” tab for the tentative schedule of events. The cost ($) to participate has yet to be determined, but we will have that available soon, as well as complete registration information.

For further details contact Allan Shaw, Nova Scotia Nonsuch Group chair, ashaw@shawgroupltd.com, or Chris Ouellette, Nova Scotia Nonsuch Group secretary, nonsuch.ns@gmail.com.

Save the date, hope to see you in Nova Scotia!