Monday, December 17, 2012

Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron

News Release

For Immediate Release

Halifax, NS – The Mobility Cup is returning to Nova Scotia! The Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron is the host club in 2013 for Canada’s national regatta for sailors with disabilities. Racing takes place from August 27th to the 30th, with arrival and practice taking place from August 24th to the 26th.


Vancouver’s Sam Sullivan founded the Mobility Cup in 1991 by inviting key individuals from other cities to take part in a sailing regatta, whether they had ever sailed before or not, in an effort to promote and grow the sport of disabled sailing. The initiative has been an outstanding success. New disabled sailing organizations began popping up in cities across Canada and the United States. The sport is now world-wide and has been key part of each Paralympics Summer Games since 2000 after being a demonstration sport in 1996.

Each year's Mobility Cup regatta remains a vehicle for initiating new programs or supporting existing ones. Mobility Cup 2013 at the RNSYS will be no different.


“The RNSYS is looking forward to hosting the 2013 Mobility Cup to help grow disabled sailing programs in the region,” says regatta chair Michael Archibald. “It will also be an important trial run for the International Federation of Disabled Sailors World Championships the Squadron is hosting in 2014.”

The Mobility Cup is recognized as Canada’s national regatta for sailors with disabilities. Through the use of innovative technology, Canada has become a leader in making sailing accessible to people with all forms of disability. Disabled people from across Canada and the US are invited to participate.

This is only the second time the regatta has taken place in Nova Scotia. The Dartmouth Yacht Club hosted the Mobility Cup in 2007.

Information about the 2013 Mobility Cup can be found at




For further information, contact:

Michael Archibald


Phone: 902-420-6212


For information on the host RNSYS visit




Details about the Mobility Cup fleets:

Half of the available places in every year’s Mobility Cup are designated Silver Fleet, which is for novice racers. There is an understanding that sailors will ultimately progress from this to the Gold Fleet. These fleets are defined as:

Silver Fleet: This fleet is for people who have never sailed competitively or those who have entered one or two previous Mobility Cup events and consider themselves inexperienced in such competitions. Silver Fleet participants have a sailing companion onboard at all times, to provide coaching and advice between races, as required. When accepting registrations, priority will be given to people that are new to the event, and more experienced sailors might be asked to move up to the Gold Fleet to make way for newcomers.

Gold Fleet: The Gold fleet is for experienced, competitive sailors. These people have previously competed in the Mobility Cup or similar events. They sail single-handed, under strict racing rules, but have the option of having a sailing companion.