Willa, while at the helm of the schooner Airlie sailed the Tancook Island schooner to a first place finish during the inaugural Nova Scotia Schooner race in 1961. As the NSSA endeavours to focus some attention on female sailors it seemed fitting to honour a great female skipper, Willa Creighton, who not only won the first annual schooner race, but also raced equally among male skippers. She won the race, fair and square. She won because she had the skill to sail the best race.
The Willa Creighton Memorial Trophy will take place on Thursday, August 6 in the waters of Mahone Bay. The new trophy was commissioned by Rochelle Whynott of Riverport Nova Scotia. Rochelle ,recently been bitten by the schooner bug after the NSSA visited the tiny Nova Scotia community of Riverport in 2013/14 for the schooner races. Rochelle’s enthusiasm experiencing first hand the thrill of sailing the impressive schooner rig inspired her to encourage the NSSA race committee to create the all female skippers race. As a result, the Willa Memorial Trophy was commissioned and endorsed. The trophy will be on display in Mahone Bay at the Bank of Montreal throughout the entire week of races. Designed and made by artist Jeff Morrison of Fall River the trophy took many months to create.
As well as the Female Skippers race the NSSA will hold daily races in Mahone Bay. Spectators will have good views of the start and finish lines at many locations along the town of the Mahone Bay waterfront. Races start each day at 12:30. A dozen boats will be seen cuing up to the start line beginning around 11:45 Am each day and will offer the public a good chance to view a spectacular glimpse into the days of sail and the schooners that are the proud heritage of Nova Scotians. As well each day the public is invited to talk to the boat’s owners and view the beauty and craftsmanship of the vessels as they are tied to the docks along the waterfront.
Join the Nova Scotia Schooner Association in Mahone Bay Nova Scotia, August 3 - 8, 2015 and join in the celebration of our maritime heritage. The NSSA is committed to preserving, maintaining and furthering interest in Nova Scotia schooners of all types, i.e. vessels built in the Province of Nova Scotia, fore and aft rigged with two or more masts, the forward mast being no taller than the rear mast(s).
For more information:
Wendy Levo - NSSA- 902 430 3348
Rochelle Whyntt- Willa Creighton Memorial Trophy - 902 766 0177
Kelly Wilson - Mahone Bay Community Contact - 902 624 0329