Harry Adderley

Harry Adderley was one of the original founders, in 1975, of the March Sailing Club, which became the Kanata Sailing Club. Here are a few things you should know about Harry:

  • He was Commodore of the club in 1988 and 1989 and Communications Director in 1990.
  • Harry was a mentor to others wishing to take up the sport and hone their skills and participated as a trainer in the early years when all training was done on a volunteer basis by club members.
  • Harry’s welding skills first became known to the club when he fashioned the sign out of steel which hangs at the front of the clubhouse. This became the club’s first logo. Harry also showed his skills in working with wood, having made the pseudo circa 1800 warship, complete with opening gun ports, which were used as mail slots to pass notes, receipts and mail to members and the board, before the days of email. It’s currently located in the clubhouse. His welding skills were also used in the construction of lamps which hung from the ceiling and resembled something you might find in an old square rigger. He also had a hand in building the small shed currently used to store gas and equipment for the clubs powerboats. Last but not least he came up with the idea for the Hagus and built the foundation for it in its present location.  He took it upon himself to rig it each spring and saw to it that it was planted with flowers.
  • Harry was an avid sailor of all classes of club boats. He was one of the first club members to get a red tag, allowing him to sail the club catamaran (we only had one at that time), once sailing back from Nepean in a strong southerly wind in about 20 minutes. He also enjoyed sailing Lasers in his younger days and loved to get them up on a plane while sailing on a reach in a strong wind. His favorite, though, was probably the Albacore, as it allowed him to sail with others.
  • Harry was a strong supporter of the racing program at KSC and could always be counted on to be there on race night. He would go out in winds which others thought were non-existent but would manage to find wind somewhere. When coming in from a night of racing, after the wind had died, it was almost sacrilegious to dip a paddle in the water. “Proceed under sail if at all possible!!”
  • Harry was also an instigator of various other programs at the club such as moonlight sails to Aylmer Island, soccer in boats – which led to some boat crunching (some ideas were better than others :-).
  • In 2002 Harry created a trophy out of steel, in the shape of a catamaran, using his well-known welding skills, which he and Ken Eaves presented to the winner of the first 12 Mile Island Challenge for catamarans. The idea was to promote longer distance sailing from the club. This was expanded in future years with two more trophies, one for single handed and one for double handed monohulls.

  • Harry had a great knack for storytelling. He and Ken produced a history of the first 20 years of the club for the 20th anniversary of the club in 1995 (you can read it on our website).
  • Harry also was one of the contributing architects of the club’s revised by-laws in 2012. These were essentially an amalgamation of the existing by-laws with some minor changes to bring them up to date. He also had a hand in crafting some of the original by-laws.
  • Harry continued to sail and race even after becoming partially incapacitated by Parkinson’s. He would not entertain the thought that the day would eventually come when he would not be able to sail in a boat again.