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Opening Day 2017

Today, our amazing crew of volunteer members changed the boat storage warehouse-looking clubhouse back into a vibrant sailing club, including giving us back our ‘cottage in the city’, in less than one day!

Next – Open House on April 29!

Let The Season Begin!

(To quote a famous Social Director) 🙂

Yes, April is finally here along with some real snow-melting temperatures.

It won’t be long now before we’re out there getting the Site in ship-shape condition!

Lots of work to be done so please step forward to help out.

Low Water Levels Mean More Hazards to Watch Out For

Please remember to raise centreboards/daggerboards and rudders when entering the shallow areas of our launch area and keep away from the reef just offshore of our upstream beach and canoe club next door.

Also, we received the following message from the Manager at the dam upstream of our club.

Date: 11 July 2016 at 09:24
Subject: 2016 Boating Season Downstream of Chats Falls Generating Station on the Ottawa River
Dear friends,
I would like to introduce myself as the new manager at Chats Falls G.S.. I have replaced Andre in this position and previously have worked in the same capacity on the Madawaska River.
With the nice weather we have been experiencing this spring and summer so far, the flows on the Ottawa River are currently lower than traditional for this time of year. Please exercise caution when boating on the river as different hazards may be present with the lower flow conditions.
This E-mail is to remind you and your members to Stay Clear, Stay Safe around dams, hydroelectric stations and surrounding waterways. Generators are controlled remotely and can be started at any time. Please respect our signs and safety booms put in place to prevent the public from accessing our dangerous areas.
If you require additional pamphlets, videos, CDs or information in person about our public safety campaign, please do not hesitate to contact Jennifer Gardiner  or myself. I hope you enjoy the rest of your summer safely.

Yours truly,

Gary Kowaluk
Manager Work Center
Ontario Power Generation
Chats Falls GS
Tel. (613) 623 3116 ext 3213
Fax (613) 623 7464
Cell(613) 294 6130

The Peak of Summer

The club and site are well-used this time of year. Water levels are down and the dock has been moved further out. The clubhouse and deck were in good shape for a well-attended Sail Past Day and BBQ (even though the weather didn’t cooperate). Propane delivery arrived in the nick of time.

Continue enjoying your cottage in the city 🙂

Hot Days, Cool Water

The club was a popular place to be on Father’s Day – lots of families with children playing in the water, going to the swim dock, eating cake on the deck and of course, sailing.

Now, about getting those marshmallows to the campfire…

Thanks go to the many members who are working behind the scenes to keep the Site in very nice shape.

The Harbourmaster Requests Your Feedback And Support

The Harbourmaster’s job is to oversee our fleet. As a cooperative club, the Harbourmaster needs the support and help from other club members who can help to identify problems with the fleet and are willing to learn and assist with boat repairs.

Preventative care will always be our best contribution towards the longevity of our fleet. So, when preparing to set sail, be sure to take a few minutes to ensure the boat of choice is rigged for the sailing conditions. A few minutes of preparation and inspection will contribute greatly on a successful launch and return. If you are not sure about something, ask around, you would be surprise what tricks we’ve learnt that will ensure the entire boat comes back to shore.

Please reach out to Robert at to share your observations of the fleet or to offer a helping hand.

Beach Deck and Swim Dock are in place

Thanks to the help from many hands, those big items are in place for us to enjoy and, speaking from experience at Monday’s races, the water is certainly warming up 🙂

Also, the City of Ottawa fire ban is off and our open-air fire container is now on the beach (much better than having stones explode on us!). Please review the fire permit procedures posted on the club’s bulletin board.