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2022 Season Updates

News Worth Sharing

The Kanata Sailing Club has exciting news to share for this upcoming 2022 season:

Membership & Training Forms

Membership and training forms are now live, sign-up now!

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We return to our regular training season this year with our full adult/youth, junior, junior advanced, and family learn-to-sail programs. Checkout those links for more details and class date/times.

We plan on having our usual weekly races as well as some members-only training programs this year. And as this will be the first year with our new RS Quest club sailboats, we’ll offer a rigging class for all members to get acquainted with the new boats and their capabilities.

A Facebook Invitation

We’d like to invite all past and present members who are Facebook users to checkout our private group Kanata Sailing Club Members. (Different content than the public Kanata Sailing Club page). Just hit the “join” button and one of the admins will be pleased to give the thumbs up.

Fund-Raiser to Bring Hydro Back to the Kanata Sailing Club

We are determined to bring Hydro back again in the not too distant future. We lost it in 2018 during a fast-moving storm. 

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Impressive weather radar image, three hours after the storm had passed. 

With the ORCC’s share, and a City of Ottawa Major Capital Projects grant, we’re at three-quarters (75%) of the amount quoted for the job. So, how much do we still need? An estimated $21,000. Oof! That’s what we said, too. 

We have launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise the last funds needed to Bring Hydro Back to the Kanata Sailing Club. Many, many small contributions and some medium-sized contributions will get us there. Donations of any size are hugely welcome. A large contribution or two would be the cherry on top. As this is being written (Feb. 21st), we’ve got just over $1,000 from generous donors!

Please save and check out the campaign link just above since it contains all the gory details, and consider a contribution to bring electric power back to the site… for WiFi and coffee. Not to mention the safety and sanitation issues. Feel free too, to copy and share the link above with friends, family, on social media. 

Three New Boats

We have purchased and accepted delivery on three brand new RS Quests. These mono-hull boats will be used in training, replacing three retired Albacores, and are also certain to be a favourite boat for those who like a sweet-handling, friendly craft for their next sailing adventure with friends and family. They are also self-draining so there’s no bailing after any unexpected capsize.

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RS Quest. Credit: West Coast Sailing

On the subject of new boats, we’ve also applied for a Trillium Grant for three additional boats from the same family: the RS Feva model. This is a versatile, hard-to-capsize single or two-handed boat that new sailors will find a dream to get out on. There’s never any guarantee we’ll get the grant, but we’ll give you a heads–up when we know. 

Deck Rebuild this Spring

Other great news is that we are rebuilding our beautiful deck in the early spring. We have already dismantled the old deck so there’s no going back now. Onwards!  All members, from seasoned carpenters to complete novices, are welcome to step forward to help rebuild. Watch for a sign-up in an upcoming email and on the Facebook members group when the snow is light on the ground. We can’t wait to host everybody at an Open House on the new deck this summer, enjoying our spectacular view of the Ottawa River.

A faithful friend, the old deck.
Deck now stripped down, but will rise again.

Help Wanted emails will go out. 

As always, if you have any comments/concerns, do bring them up with our board of directors.

We look forward to seeing you out on the water this 2022 season!

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