The Sign is Up – The Rendezvous is On

The Rendezvous “Welcome” sign is officially on the fence at the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron. We’re ready for all our guests to start arriving at the club.

We just heard from our intrepid entertainment committee who are sailing their boat up from Mahone Bay today and plan on spending the night at “Rogue’s Roost” about 4 hours outside of Halifax. The committee expects to arrive at the RNSYS late tomorrow morning.

It’s getting exciting here at the Rendezvous. More posts will follow as info becomes available.

It All Start’s Tomorrow

I absolutely love going to Nonsuch Rendezvous. I love seeing the other boats, chatting with old friends and new ones, eating some great food, enjoying some amazing entertainment, but most of all it’s the one time each year I have to clean Dexterity from top to bottom.

I was over at the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron last evening with rags and wax in hand. I noticed there have been a few early Rendezvous arrivals sitting in the mooring field waiting for their marina to become available for the weekend. Another group are supposed to be sailing up from Mahone Bay today. Quite foggy here this morning and winds are supposed to gust to 25 knots later on with clearing skies in the late afternoon. I suspect those boats will have a nice run up the coast despite not being able to see it. 

Yesterday there were reports of Bluefin tuna feeding just around the corner from Halifax. Here in Nova Scotia we get the big Bluefin, some weighing over a 1,000 pounds. The locals call them “granders”. They follow the bait fish, usually Mackeral. A little luck and we may see them in the harbour for our races. There have been lots of reports of whales, seals and blackfish (small dolphin). Now don’t get all excited about the whales. They rarely, if ever, breach in the harbour but they do surface to “blow”. Fun to watch but boats have to stay 300 metres away. 

The behind scenes work for the Rendezvous is beginning to wind down. The small team behind the Rendezvous finished decorating the Spar Shed the other day for the Welcome event. I must say they did a terrific job. The musical entertainment is all set to go. The race committee has things well in hand and, as a bit of a bonus, the Metro Regatta which was running concurrently with our races, has been cancelled. We now have the entire harbour to ourselves!

But back to boat cleaning. Jane was busy polishing the stanchions while I applied a little wax to the cabin house. You’ve got to remember at 7pm last evening it was 29C and the humidity was 100% so very little waxing was actually done. The Wednesday Night race fleet arrived home with full crews and before long every pier was full of thirsty sailors holding a bottle of their favourite ale. I watched with envy as I cleaned the windlass for the first time this year. Finally Jane said “enough of this” or something to that effect and the wax rags were tossed and we headed to the air conditioned truck. Another day of Rendezvous prep was done.

Tonight I’ll go over to the RNSYS and hang a big Welcome banner on the front gates. Jane has a few loose ends to clear up with her co-chair and then before we know it the Rendezvous will be underway.  It’s going to be quite exciting to see this event tick over like a swiss watch. As that is unlikely to happen let’s just all settle back and enjoy each other’s company, meet new friends, do a little sailing and party like Nova Scotians.

Halifax Weather – Issued Wednesday, August 1st

Today Mainly sunny. Wind becoming southwest 20 km/h this afternoon. High 31 except 22 along parts of the coast. Humidex 35. UV index 9 or very high.
Tonight A few clouds. Increasing cloudiness after midnight then 60 percent chance of showers overnight. Fog patches along parts of the coast overnight. Wind southwest 20 km/h. Low 16.
Thu, 2 Aug Mainly cloudy. 60 percent chance of showers in the morning and early in the afternoon. Fog patches along parts of the coast. Wind southwest 20 km/h gusting to 40. High 26 except 20 along parts of the coast. Humidex 34.
Night Cloudy periods. Low 20.
Fri, 3 Aug A mix of sun and cloud with 30 percent chance of showers. High 27.
Night Cloudy periods. Low 18.
Sat, 4 Aug A mix of sun and cloud. High 25.
Night Cloudy periods with 60 percent chance of showers. Low 16.
Sun, 5 Aug A mix of sun and cloud with 30 percent chance of showers. High 27.
Night Cloudy periods. Low 18.
Mon, 6 Aug Cloudy. High 26.
Night Cloudy. Low 19.

Wind Conditions and Other Things for Rendezvous Racing

Wednesday, August 1st

Currently wind conditions for the weekends racing are looking a little light, or perhaps we should just call them comfortable.

Environment Canada’s forecast for Halifax Harbour and Approaches is calling for winds from the Southwest at 10 to 15 knots on Saturday and winds variable 10 to 15 knots on Sunday.

Remember, this is Nova Scotia, all that can change. For example yesterday, with a similar forecast, winds were 5 knots within the Harbour but were reaching 25 knots at the mouth of the Harbour with 3-4 metre long period swells.

The prevailing wind along the coast of Nova Scotia is Southwest and that brings tropical moisture and humidity with it. There may be fog towards the mouth of the Harbour and bright sunshine inside.

I should also mention that Halifax is a very busy commercial harbour, even on the weekends. The race committee is aware of the movements of ships and times races and positions courses accordingly. You can monitor commercial traffic on VHF Channel 12. Please stay clear of these ships. They move deceptively quickly and cannot manoeuvre to stay clear of you. Should you hear repeated blasts from their horn please alter your course. They produce large waves and the height of them will often block the wind from your sails. Unlike motorcar racing “drafting” behind a container ship doing 20 knots is negatively offset by the ships prop wash.

I’ll update the forecast tomorrow. Remember the “Heat Warning” is still in effect.

Rendezvous 2018 is Going to be a Hot One

Rendezvous 2018 is Going to be a Hot One

Environment Canada has issued a HEAT & HUMIDITY warning for the 2018 INA Rendezvous. Please come prepared for the hot weather but remember you’ll probably need a sweater if you’re sailing. The fog banks have been persistent of Halifax for most of July and temperatures are much lower in the fog however the humidity remains a nice and sticky 100%.

Please remember to keep well hydrated and stay out of the sun as much as possible while you are attending the Rendezvous.

Here’s Environment Canada’s Warning:

  • July 31, 2018
    Halifax Metro and Halifax County West
Temperatures reaching 30 degrees Celsius (86F) are expected.

A very warm airmass will settle over the Maritimes again this week and persist into the Natal Day weekend.

Daytime highs reaching 30 degrees across much of Nova Scotia today with humidex values near 33C (91F).

Humidity levels will gradually increase on Wednesday pushing humidex values to 36C (97F) or more. On Thursday, cloudiness and scattered showers will move into the region but the high temperatures and humidity will continue for the remainder of the week and well into the weekend.

Here’s the forecast as of Tuesday, July 31st:

Fri, 3 Aug A mix of sun and cloud. High 27.
Night Cloudy periods. Low 18.
Sat, 4 Aug A mix of sun and cloud. High 25.
Night Cloudy periods. Low 16.
Sun, 5 Aug A mix of sun and cloud. High 27.
Night Cloudy periods. Low 18.
Mon, 6 Aug Cloudy. High 26.

Capella Regalis Men & Boys Choir to perform at 2018 INA Rendezvous

Nova Scotia is all about music as you are about to discover during the 2018 INA Rendezvous. We are pleased to announce that the Capella Regalis Men and Boys Choir will be performing at the Rendezvous. This Choir will be performing Nova Scotia Sea Shanty’s and Kitchen Ceilidh tunes. It will be an amazing performance you won’t want to miss. We have to thank Nick Halley, Nonsuch 30U owner and Artistic Director of the choir for making this happen. Nick will also be arranging to have other musical guests join us at the Rendezvous. This promises to be an outstanding musical event. I bet you weren’t expecting that at a Nonsuch Rendezvous! Here’s a little more about the choir.

Capella Regalis Men & Boys Choir was founded in Halifax by director Nick Halley in 2010 and is modeled on the centuries-old European tradition of men and boys church choirs. While Canada was once rich with such choirs, Capella Regalis is one of only a handful in Canada today. The choir is a free program open to any boy age 6 – 12 who passes an audition. It is a Nova Scotia non-profit society and an educational outreach program of Musique Royale, a music presenting charity.

The choir is ‘in residence’ in both the University of King’s College Chapel, and the Cathedral Church of All Saints in Halifax, singing Evensongs regularly in the Cathedral as part of the “Sundays at Four” series and rehearsing in the King’s College Chapel. In addition, the choristers perform concerts and tours throughout Nova Scotia and beyond in a busy September – June season. The choir released its second CD, Greater Love, in December. For a schedule of events and more information, visit www.

Here’s a bit about our good friend and amazingly talented Nick Halley.

Nick Halley is a drummer/percussionist, keyboardist, composer, and conductor. He is the founder and Artistic Director of Capella Regalis Men and Boys Choir, and the founder and Director of The King’s Chorus, a choir for members of the King’s and Dalhousie University communities in Halifax. Nick is also the Assistant Director of the University of King’s College Chapel Choir, the Assistant Director of Music at the Cathedral Church of All Saints, Halifax, and Cantor and Director for the King’s College Chapel male Compline choir. In 2012, Nick was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his contribution to Canada and Nova Scotia through the arts. For the 2013-14 season, Nick was the Host of CBC’s national radio programme, Choral Concert.

As a drummer and world percussionist, Nick performs, records, and teaches internationally with a wide range of musicians including American musical icon James Taylor, the Chris Norman Ensemble, Dinuk Wijeratne, Old Man Luedecke, Suzie LeBlanc, David McGuinness & Revenge of the Folk Singers, Concerto Caledonia, Jefferson Hamer & Eamon O’Leary, various Paul Halley ensembles, Theresa Thomason, and occasionally the Nick Halley Band. For more information, visit

Below is a nice sample of the choir’s talent.