Hyson wins Heritage Cup: Sailabration raises $13k for Digby County historical societies


Published on August 22, 2016
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Published on 22 August 2016

<p>The Wellington D. captained by Charles Haliburton and the Cool Breeze captained by Mark Corbett competed in the RWNSYC Sailabration regatta on July 31.</p>

Photos by COLIN BONDY

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Published on 22 August 2016

<p>Keith Amirault, commodore of the Royal Western Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron, and auctioneer captain Charles Haliburton, present captain Mark Hyson with the prestigious Heritage Cup on July 30 for raising the most money for Sailabration 2016.</p>

Photos by GAIL HERSEY

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Published on 22 August 2016

<p>Keith Amirault, commodore of the Royal Western Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron, presents captain Mark Hyson with souvenir keeper for winning the 2016 Heritage Cup Trophy at Sailabration on July 30.</p>

Photos by GAIL HERSEY

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Published on 22 August 2016

<p>Keith Amirault, commodore of the Royal Western Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron, presents captain Brue Moore with the Admiral Digby Heritage Racing Cup for winning the A class of the 2016 Sailabration race July 30.</p>

Photos by GAIL HERSEY

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Published on 22 August 2016

<p>Keith Amirault, commodore of the Royal Western Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron, presents captain Charles Haliburton with souvenir keeper for winning the B class of the 2016 Sailabration race July 30.</p>

Photos by GAIL HERSEY

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Published on 22 August 2016

<p>Bruce Moore, captain of the J105, won first place in the A Class and was awarded the Admiral Digby Heritage Racing Cup at the Sailabration regatta July 30.</p>

Photos by COLIN BONDY

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Published on 22 August 2016

<p>Bruce Moore, left, on the J 105 won first place in the A Class at the Sailabration race July 30 and Scott Moore, right, on the Wave Length, won second.</p>

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Published on 22 August 2016

<p>Mark Hyson on the Flying Dutchman III leads Charles Haliburton on the Wellington D. around the mark.</p>

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Published on 22 August 2016

<p>Mark Hyson, captain of Flying Dutchman III, won the Heritage Cup for raising the most money for Sailabration 2016.</p>

Photos by COLIN BONDY

DIGBY – Digby sailors have raised $13,746 for two Digby County historical societies.

The Royal Western Yacht Squadron held their 21st Sailabration July 30 to raise money for the Smith’s Cove Historical Society and the Admiral Digby Library and Historical Society.

Mark Hyson of the Flying Dutchmen III won the coveted Heritage Cup presented to the captain of the boat, which raises the most money.

Hyson had 13 sponsors and raised $1,880.

Charles Haliburton of the Wellington D. raised the second most with nine sponsors totalling $990.

Bruce Moore of the J 105 won first place in the A Class and was awarded the Admiral Digby Heritage Racing Cup. Scott Moore was second in the A Class on the Wave Length.

Haliburton won the B Class.

The RWNSYC held the first Sailabration in 1996 with a series of community activities including sailboat races, a reception at the Yacht Club, a reception at the Digby Museum, special exhibits at both museums and a dinner and auction to bring local residents and tourists together to benefit the Smith’s Cove and Digby historical societies.

To raise money, the sailors seek sponsors for their boats, the organizing committee seeks sponsors for the event and a traditional salmon dinner and auction is held on the Saturday evening.

Sailabration has generated well over $180,000 over the years and is the primary source of private funding for the museums.

For example, the Smith’s Cove Historical Society has used Sailabration funds to restore the steeple on the old Methodist Chapel in Smith’s Cove and the Admiral Digby Library and Historical Society has used it for critical repairs to their building.

ADMIRAL DIGBY LIBRARY AND HISTORICAL SOCIETY

The Admiral Digby Museum, established in 1972, takes its name from Admiral Robert Digby who led a flotilla of Loyalists who arrived on our shores in 1783. The museum building is a Georgian or Loyalist home dating to the mid-1800's.

The museum features period rooms containing artifacts, and archives that relate to the interesting Maritime and pioneer history of Digby and Digby County, its people and industries.

The library also contains a genealogy department with extensive records pertaining to local families.

SMITH’S COVE HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Also established in 1972, the Smith’s Cove Historical Society has been responsible for preserving the architecture and heritage of both the old Temperance Hall Meeting House, circa 1835, which now houses the museum and the old Methodist Meeting House, circa 1885.

The society displays artifacts from the Smith's Cove area plus numerous old photographs of the buildings, resorts and citizens located in the museum. The displays cover the Mi’kmaq, household exhibits of the 19th and 20th centuries and religious elements.

There are also genealogical records like scrapbooks and cemetery inscriptions as well as other records of the local residents kept there.

jriley@digbycourier.ca