Mission

A Fun and Rewarding Sailing Experience for All Ages!

We strive to provide our guests with an amazing sailing experience and believe that hands-on sailing is the best way to learn and enjoy this wonderful sport. Not everyone in every party wants to learn to sail, so we are totally into indulging those who want a more relaxing experience. We have lots of local info to share for guests who want to know it.

The Bras d'Or Lake is one of the most amazing places to be on the water. It is North America's largest inland sea, and offers over 600 square miles of pristine, brackish water. Great for swimming, fishing, sailing, paddling and rowing. The Lake and its watershed are a UNESCO Biosphere region, celebrated for the sustainability and future of this pristine natural environment.

About Your Charter

Boat & Crew

Welcome Aboard No Rush II

Welcome Aboard No Rush II

No Rush II is a Niagara 35 sailing yacht, built in 1980 by the iconic Canadian boatbuilder Hinterhoeller, and designed by noted marine architect Mark Ellis. She is one of 260 hulls of this model built between 1978 and 1990. The Niagara 35 was conceived as a passage-making yacht, built to the highest standards in the industry, and proven now for over 4 decades to have achieved Ellis' philosophy '...designing boats for longevity in the way they please the eye and their durability in use'.

She likes to cruise at around 6 knots in our typical fair summer winds and she will sustain 7 knots + when the wind comes up to 15. She tracks effortlessly, is responsive to the helm and will steer herself easily in many conditions. The doubled mainsheet system, together with big self tailing winches for the foresail, make tacking and jibing a breeze.

Over the past 5 years No Rush II has been lovingly restored and refitted to almost-new condition by Captain Greg and a team of experienced advisors and helpers. 21st century upgrades include a solar-powered electrical system, electronic navigation instruments, refrigeration, LED lighting; new wiring and plumbing, a new diesel auxiliary engine and more…. She sports new rigging and canvas, new interior finishes and upholstery, warm air heating for the shoulder seasons, hot and cold running water, a well-equipped galley and private head. No Rush II provides comfortable accommodations for day sailing with up to 6 guests, or live-aboard for 4 people. Vessel and master are certified in compliance with Transport Canada Small Vessel regulations.

Her summer home is at Cape Breton Sailing Charter’s private dock, adjacent the lakeside entry to historic St. Peters Canal. She is crewed and equipped for day sails and multi-day adventures on the Bras d’Or Lake and coastal waters of Cape Breton.

Captain Greg

Captain Greg

Greg Silver is your captain and guide, and the owner/operator of Cape Breton Sailing Charters (founded 2008). A Transport Canada certified Master (Limited <60 Tons) he brings to this job 5 decades of experience as a recreational sailor, teacher, club racer and navigator on coastal ocean racing yachts.

Greg has lived in Cape Breton for the past 25 years. In his previous day job he worked as an interpretive planner and designer, helping develop Cape Breton's heritage and cultural assets for economic development. He fools around with a fiddle and spends spare time in the boat shed playing with old boats.

Greg takes great pleasure in teaching new sailors the ropes and is always happy to share his love and knowledge of Cape Breton history, geography and culture with visitors to the region.

Our Cruising Area

Come explore the beauty of Bras d'Or Lake and Atlantic Ocean!

Departing our dock at St Peter's by the Canal, glide on the wind through island-studded St. Peter's Inlet to the Bras d'Or Lake. You'll find eagles, hawks and cormorants overhead; great blue herons and deer along the shore, plenty of fish - and a few mammals in the sea. Anchor for a swim and lunch in a private cove...then head out on the Bras d'Or for some invigorating open water sailing!

The lake and its watershed are a UNESCO designated World Biosphere and a world-renown sailing destination.

We also offer the opportunity to transit the historic St. Peter's Canal to sail in the Atlantic Ocean on Cape Breton's southern Atlantic Coast.

You'll be sailing aboard No Rush II, a recently refitted classic Canadian cruising sloop with lots of character and modern amenities to make your sailing adventure safe and comfortable.

Why choose us?

Explore Cape Breton and its incredible natural beauty

This is a hands-on sailing experience for guests who want that, or a leisurely, captained sailing tour through some of North America's most pristine salt and brackish waters. Learn to sail or renew old skills on a well-found boat with an experienced captain in one of the world's most desirable sailing destinations. Our dedicated and experienced crew will show you the highlights of the lake, the island and her coastline while you relax and enjoy the fresh sea air.

Fun

We offer a fun, welcoming atmosphere for all ages and experience levels. Get a chance to sail the boat, steer the boat, help plan the course to sail, handle the sail. Guidance from Captain and crew...

We offer a fun, welcoming atmosphere for all ages and experience levels. Get a chance to sail the boat, steer the boat, help plan the course to sail, handle the sail. Guidance from Captain and crew to help you learn. Or just kick-back and relax for a quiet cruise through pristine waters.

Adventurous

We want our guests to get the most out of their trips, so we make sure that there are plenty of opportunities for adventure in every sailing tour we offer. You'll be sailing in waters that the Mi'k...

We want our guests to get the most out of their trips, so we make sure that there are plenty of opportunities for adventure in every sailing tour we offer. You'll be sailing in waters that the Mi'kmaq have paddled for 10,000 years, and were explored by the first European settlers 500 years ago.

Hands-on

Everyone who comes on our sailing charters in Cape Breton should feel like they're part of the action. Each guest has the opportunity to steer the boat, handle the sails and help with navigation.

Everyone who comes on our sailing charters in Cape Breton should feel like they're part of the action. Each guest has the opportunity to steer the boat, handle the sails and help with navigation.

Location

Enjoy a Hands-on Sailing Experience in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia

Cape Breton is home to the Bras d'Or Lake, a UNESCO World Biosphere and North America's largest inland sea. The lake is accessed from the ocean by a historic tidal lock canal. Cape Breton Sailing Charters is located here, in St. Peter's, where the Ocean meets the Inland Sea. Here you can experience the uncrowded and pristine natural environment, a rich history of indigenous peoples and European settlers, and live traditional music and culture.

Frequently asked questions

Most frequent questions and answers

Your adventure begins at our dock adjacent to the lakeside end of the historic St. Peter's Canal, where you'll meet your captain and board the yacht.

This is the site of North America's oldest operating tidal lock canal, established in 1869. It connects the Atlantic Ocean with Cape Breton's magical inland sea... the Bras d'Or Lake.

We get a wide variety of weather conditions in Cape Breton, and all are a bit exaggerated when you're out on the water. We recommend that sailing guests bring the following:

-short sleeve shirt and short pants in warm sunny weather
-a sweater/fleece, wind/rain proof jacket, long pants for cool weather
-hat and sunglasses, and sunblock
-non-skid, non-marking shoes for safety (deck shoes are ideal)
-pack your gear in a soft bag for easy stowage on the boat

Canadian Coast Guard approved Personal Flotation Devices (life jackets) are provided for all guests... and you may bring your own PFD if you wish. We have a good set of binoculars on board, and the captain is always happy to take pictures for you with his camera or yours.

Please feel free to bring any other small items that will help enhance your enjoyment and memories of the day:

-still or video camera
-binoculars
-a bathing suit and towel
-you can expect good cell phone/data connection during parts of your daysail.

To some extent – yes. These are private tours for your party and we can customize for you. Sometimes we will have to on your day, because the weather isn’t always ideal and we'll want to stay in protected waters to keep the trip enjoyable. We are always happy to, in advance, discuss options or specific destinations you'd like to see, or things you like to do on your half or full-day sail, or a multi-day cruise, and we'll tailor your itinerary accordingly.

Our icebox is stocked with water, sodas and juice boxes. These cold drinks are included in the price of your sailing charter. We do not provide alcoholic beverages but you may bring your own. Feel free to bring your own snacks and refreshments if you wish. We can keep them cold in our fridge. We can also cater your take-aboard lunch, please see 'What about food?'  below, for the menu. You can order in advance for tasty local lunches aboard.

Enjoy a catered picnic prepared by local restaurant Louie's Cosy Corner. Download a PDF of our Sailors Picnic menu here. See instructions for placing your order directly with Louie's, at least 24 hrs in advance please. You are also welcome to bring your own lunch or snacks aboard. Nearby our dock, Foodland Grocery, B&E Convenience, and several take-out shops offer a variety of food choices.

Sail with us.

Book your Nova Scotia sailing charter now and explore the stunning scenery and wildlife of Cape Breton's Bras d'Or Lake and Atlantic Ocean coastline.
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