NSWA History

The Nova Scotia East Coast has many opportunities for Windsurfing. There are many beaches with sand dunes and, in some cases, inshore shallow water lagoons. Much less than the east coast of the USA, where these stretch from New Jersey south to North Carolina and way beyond, but enough to satisfy. Also, there are many lakes with a variety of sailing sites. The north shore and Cape Breton give ocean and lake sailing.

In spring, the ocean temperatures give a vigorous sea breeze on sunny afternoons. In the fall, we are on the track of some depressions generated in the Caribean Sea that give strong warm-front winds and create waves and swells.

There are sites that offer speed runs in cold-front northerly winds. Also, the weather forecasting services are accurate and much followed by local sailors.

In the 1970s there were longboards to be seen on many NS lakes and the local shop on Lake Banook ran races on Wednesday evenings, the only time boards were allowed on Banook, since it has long been a prime paddling location. At that time there was sailing on Lake Mic-Mac, Lake William and Grand Lake.

There were two longboard races from Indian Harbour to the Shore Club beach in St Margaret’s Bay. Both in very light winds from the south. The rigging at Indian Harbour was tricky since only the shoulders were available and one resident stood in her drive all afternoon to ward off those hairy sailors. It was very slow going and carefully won gains could be instantly lost on a wave and fall-off.

As shorter boards began to appear they became popular with the younger sailors and trips to Les Iles de la Madeliene began where steady winds and flat water in the lagoon made for easy learning water starts. After the Lake Banook shop closed more sailors traveled to Brule Campground and some competitions were held there and one could buy gear from the shop on the campground.

The Brule Campground finally closed along with the shop. After that it was possible to buy from Truro.

All this time activity continued on Porter’s Lake and the Dartmouth Lakes. We were very fortunate to have a friendly landlord, Howard Innes who has a lot on Porter’s Lake with great grass. It has been well used by many local sailors for years. With a good sea breeze situation it has been a popular spot for many years. This site gives good safe sailing in any wind direction except west. We are asked to park on one side of Lake Shore Drive only.

Kannon Beach Wind and Surf moved to Dartmouth about ten years ago, to Windmill Road, then later to Lake Shore Drive and finally, to the MacDonald House opposite Stony Beach and up the hill from Lawrencetown Beach.

The shop has run a number of Kannon Beach Classics in the past. This gave an opportunity to see some of the hot shots in action. These competitions were often held at the Range and a lot depended on how the weather forecast made out. It was great fun for competitors and watchers alike - hope to see more.

In the recent past there has been a Yahoo message site that has been useful to get people together for sailing. Help with zippers and also there is the safety issue. With this new website in place remaining in contact will be easier.

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