History

The Lake of Bays Sailing Club was founded in 1964. The first Commodore was Bob Dolphin and his Board of Directors was: Jim Hahn, Doug Cooper, Peter Thompson, Bert Lennard, Dan Poyntz and Hugh MacFarlane. An additional six officers were responsible, along with the above Directors, for forming the foundation of the Club that we enjoy today.

It is a non-profit Club formed under Provincial Charter with an interest in developing both sailing and recreational facilities for the Lake of Bays Community. The Club’s aims are to encourage sailing and racing, provide Clubhouse facilities, and to continue sponsorship of the Annual Lake of Bays Regatta.

Originally, the Club was located at Bigwin Inn, in two rooms overlooking the sun-deck. In these early years, the Club owned just two Albacores for the 30 sailors per session. Additional Albacores were loaned to the Club for instructional use by Club members. The next move was to the old Glenmount Teahouse which was rented from Bob Fasken and Dick Hogarth. It was in 1976 that the members decided to purchase a permanent property, the old Catholic Church, which is our present site. In 1984 the Club purchased property south and west of the building, as well as the Tea-house property north of the road.

Summer, 2002, ushered in a new era for LBSC. The Clubhouse was renovated to include additional storage facilities, a workshop, a new kitchen and washrooms with a very strong foundation to support the aforementioned. These renovations especially benefit the Junior sailors as they provide much needed instructional space.

The most important function of the Club is the Junior Sailing Program. Over 2000 youngsters have enrolled over the years in our program, which is based on the Canadian Yachting Association’s standards. In addition to the various sailing activities, there are many social events held on shore for the Junior and Senior members.

   
© Lake of Bays Sailing Club