Canadian Sailing Clubs
West Vancouver Yacht Club is well known for its great hospitality, convenient location, fine food and beverage, leadership in learn to sail activities, safe moorage and excellent facilities. The Yacht Club has just over 600 active members and owns a number of outstations along the BC coast. Whether it be a weekend destination or a stop-over as part of a longer cruise, the West Vancouver Yacht Club outstations are conveniently located for either desire.
Of the Club’s three facilities, the signature outstation at Elliott Bay is the most developed and only a 1.5 hour sail from the Club’s home base. Cruising the Gulf Islands? Kendrick Island, four hours away, at the mouth of Gabriola Pass, is a logical first stop. If Desolation Sound beckons, the Club’s joint marina operation in Duncan Cove in Pender Harbour is a day”s cruise away. So whatever the direction or length of cruise, a safe convenient port is available to the members of the West Vancouver Yacht Club. We also have a racing programme and adult and youth learn to sail programmes.
Gimli Yacht Club owes its beginnings to a unique set of circumstances. In 1967 Winnipeg was chosen as the site for the Pan Am Games and the most suitable location for the yachting competition was Gimli. Even before the Games were held, negotiations were initiated by the Manitoba Sailing Association regarding the acquisition of the site. However, the property was turned over to the Town following the Games.
After two more years of negotiations between MSA and the Town, Gimli Yacht Club became a reality in July, 1969, when its first organizational meeting was held. Unlike most yacht clubs, GYC started out well equipped with a building (donated to the Pan Am Games by Camp Shilo), land (leased from the Town) and a wharf and finger docks (build by the Pan Am Games Society), but only a handful of members. Until the airforce base at the airport closed in 1971, the CFB Sailing Club was an important member of this group in its first few years, providing some of the basic necessities, such as furniture, boats and rescue craft.
The Lake of the Woods International Sailing Association invites you to sail on one of the most astounding sailing adventure vacations available. The lake itself straddles the international border and extends about 100 kilometers (60 miles) in each direction leading to numerous areas of the lake that hold excellent sailing opportunities. There are sailing classes for all types of boats and levels of ability.
There are divisions for competitive racers on state of the art boats. There is also provision for those who sail on less competitive designs who desire only an initiation to racing. LOWISA even allows sailors to opt for a division with pursuit style starts in order to avoid the stress of Olympic style starts. For those who don”t wish to race at all, there is a cruising fleet to allow for sailors who want only the beauty of the lake and camaraderie of other sailors. This provides an avenue for family cruisers to participate in a non threatening atmosphere.
The Pelican Yacht Club provides a sheltered harbor for its members and offers sailing instruction throughout the summer for sailors of all ages and abilities. The clubhouse provides accessible washrooms and showers and boasts an excellent kitchen, the social center of the Club.
The West Hawk Lake Yacht Club, established in 1959, was one of the original clubs in Manitoba. During the 1960s and into the mid 1970s, the club was extremely active and produced a number of top level competitors. Older racers will remember names like Dr. Max Demarais, Bill Benson Sr and Cam McCulloch. West Hawk Lake was a hot bed for Y-flyers, Fireballs and Albacores.
It had an active Learn-to-Sail program and a member of WHLYC served as Chair of the CYA National LTS Committee in the mid 80s. Although the club is virtual it has a website but no club house plans for 2010 are to continue on the success of the last four summers. The sailing program has been expanded to include an advanced program and an adult program. All the old club trophies have been located and there is serious talk of holding races to compete for them (tentatively Aug.15/10). The main focus, however, will continue to be on trying to get people out on the water sailing
The goal of the Learn to Sail is to have fun while improving sailing skills ZZYC membership is not required for any of the Learn to Sail programs. Everyone is welcome. Zig Zag Yacht Club has a fleet of: Five Vanguard Prams Five Optimist Prams Seven C420 dinghies Two 29er
If you have a Sail Boat or a Power Boat, we invite you to join our Club. Located on the Lincoln road, you will be invited to operate out of our club and use our facilities for Winter Storage. Membership will also give you access to our Satellite location at Douglas Harbor.
Rothesay Yacht Club has most of the facilities needed to be a successful sailing and power boating club and is only a few minutes away from shopping in the town of Rothesay. A club house, surrounded by trees with a tremendous view of Kennebecasis Bay is the centre for activities, providing everything that members need for social and business meetings. Seating on the wrap-around deck and a covered barbecue area help the ambiance of the club. Upstairs in the clubhouse there is lockable space for members storage,sails, oars, outboards, rope, buoys, etc.
Parking for vehicles, boats, trailers and cradles is provided and most of these areas are serviced with water and electricity. A large spar shed houses masts, dinghies and their equipment for Junior sailing, and other club paraphernalia necessary for the smooth operation of the club. Junior sailors also use this building from time to time for summer activities.
There is a tool shed for storage of tools required by club staff to help them maintain buildings, docks and the grounds. Moorings and berths are situated in a cove protected by a large breakwater. Part of this structure includes a drive-on wharf with a mast stepping crane, free pump out facilities and fresh water and docks for off-loading. A rented crane is used for launch and haul at appropriate times. There is a slip for use by members and for a small fee by non-members. Visiting boats are always welcome at the club and a mooring will be provided upon request to the Club Superintendent.
New members, visiting boaters and club rentals are WELCOME! Moorings, berths (with water & electricity), pump-out, fuel pumps, water, and ice are available to those approaching by water. Please contact the club for the latest on fees for these services. Showers and bathrooms are also available in the Clubhouse. Our Junior sailing fleet consists of: Ten 420’s Three JY’s Seven Optimist
The Royal Newfoundland Yacht Club is situated at the end of Greenslades Road in the town of Conception Bay South approximately 15 minutes drive from down town St. Johns. The present site has been occupied since 1957 and has seen several major renovation projects. The main level of the club house contains a large dining area with a magnificent view of Conception Bay and can seat 60 people in the formal area and 40 in an adjacent area near the bar. There is a full kitchen and bar service and the house specialty is various species of fish available in season.