Lasting legacy in Nova Scotia
Published on August 28th, 2022
It is not often for one of the ten class boats or boards used in the Olympic Games to host their World Championship in North America, let alone three at the same time, but that’s happening with the 2022 49er, 49erFX, and Nacra 17 World Championships on August 31-September 5 in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
The Hubbards Community Waterfront has been completely transformed in preparation for the event. What was once a thriving fish processing plant, that became derelict after decades of decline, will now be a permanent access point to amazing sailing.
Three levels of government (Government of Canada, Province of Nova Scotia and 2 Municipalities, including Halifax & Chester) and 16 private sponsors have come together in support of the World Championship and its Legacy with an overall budget of $2.7 Million dollars (CAD).
Of that, the Hubbards Community Waterfront Association oversaw the $0.9M renovation and transformation of the venue. Main projects included ramp upgrades, wharf upgrades, floating dock upgrades, and site expansion with grading. Additionally, internet, electrical, and water upgrades were brought in.
In a microcosm of how the Nova Scotian economy is transforming itself from a resource driven economy to a tourism focused economy, the Hubbards site will support the community and sailing visitors for decades to come.
Additionally, the 2022 Worlds has brought together the regional sailing leaders. Members of the Hubbards Community Waterfront Association, Hubbards Sailing Club, St. Margarets Sailing Club, Sail Nova Scotia, and Sail Canada worked together over 2.5 years to bring these championships together and formed bonds with the community that will be lasting.
Further legacy assets related to sailing from the worlds include four RIBs to be shared by the local Sailing Clubs, Sail Nova Scotia, and Sail Canada. Additionally, the hosting society will oversee a fund to run annual training camps in these waters for years to come ensuring continued Olympic sailing and racing in the future.