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St. Mary's River,  Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada

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Fall Cradle Party Postponed

Oct 7, 2017

With the weather bringing in heavy rains on Saturday, it has been decided we will be postponing Saturdays cradle party.  We have rescheduled for Tuesday Oct 10th @ 5 pm. and apologize for the last minute notification. Meet at the Sault Search and Rescue yard at that time; 246 Industrial Park Crescent.

Spring River Race Series Begin

May 23, 2017

Just a reminder that the first race of the season is Wednesday May 24 (Spring Race #1 of  7). You can view all of the dates of our races on the Race Calendar.

New: Club Newsletter

May 1, 2017

If you see less bulletins being posted here, it's because the Club Secretary is now emailing out a monthly Newsletter to all the membership (both Senior and Associate). If your not on the membership list and wish to receive a copy email us click here.

North Channel Race Week 2017.

Feb. 25, 2017

The details of the 4th Annual North Channel Race Week have been posted and registrations are now being accepted. Gord Simpson from the NCRW 2017 Committee has some promotional comments and the posters are now online. To read click here NCRW

Sailing School, Register Now.

Feb. 23, 2017

Registrations are now being accepted for the CanSail Mobile Sailing School, (BOOM) during August 21-25. With sailing lessons for Children during the day and Adults in the evenings.

If you or your family are interested taking in Sailing lessons or possibly even your friends, you can now register online, visit and our sailing school coordinator Norm Rippon will confirm your registration by contacting you.

Family Day Sleigh Ride

Feb. 15, 2017

The Social Committee is proposing a Family Day sleigh ride and lunch. The sleigh can take 14 adults and 5 children and costs $170 for an hour and hence we would need to make a reservation soon. It would work out to about $20 per adult which would include lunch/hot chocolate (bring your own baileys). Do let us know if you're interested in attending and to reserve your seat, contact Kathryn.

CanSail Mobile Sailing School, August 2017

Feb. 7, 2017

The CanSail Mobile Sailing School, (BOOM) will return in August with Sailing lessons for Children and Adults. If you or your family are interested taking in Sailing lessons or possibly even your friends, do let us know ASP, as seats are filled on a first come basis. More info will be made available in the up coming months but in the mean time send us an email with your contact info and you be the first to receive an registration form when they are ready. 

ASC General Membership Meeting & Supper.

Feb 7, 2017

The Algoma Sailing Club General Membership Meeting & Supper is scheduled for Saturday, February 25th, 2017 at 6 pm at the Gliss Restaurant.

The Club Secretary (Jack) will be sending out emails to all the members with the meal particulars and will be canvassing for attendance numbers and restaurant meal selection.

After the Supper during the membership meeting; will be a review of 2016 with reports from the various committees, open discussions, and elections of officers for 2017.

ASC on Facebook and Facebook on ASC website.

Nov 21, 2016

To help promote our club more, a facebook project was stated last year and the site has been slowly gaining popularity. By using your phone you can post sailing photos or comments on it. This project is being overseen by Garry and Jack who will approve or grant you posting permissions.

Additionally the ASC Facebook page is now included (linked) on the right side of the Algoma Sailing Club's website home page. Allowing those who don't have Facebook accounts, to view the same info.

2017 Purposed Spring Launch Dates.

Nov 21, 2016

As a membership cost saving measure, the Spring Crane Launch will occur as a weekday event with the following changes;

Safety Meeting, Thursday May 11, 2017 @ 17:00 hrs (mandtory attendance by all)
Crane Launch, Friday May 12, 2017

Members who are unable to either events must have an appointed representative to attend. 

2016 Awards Recipients.

Nov 21, 2016

For members that were unable to attend the Fall Banquet, you can visit our TROPHY CASE webpage to view the Recipients names for each Trophy and Award that was presented.

2016 Awards & Fall Banquet.

Nov 11, 2016

The 2016 Algoma Sailing Club Awards Dinner has been rescheduled to Saturday, November 19th, 2016. The Banquet is open for all Senior Members, Associates, and Cansail (boom) Adult participants.

Time: 6:00 pm, Where: The Barrelhouse, 476 Queen Street East (the old Embers)

Please advise the club secretary (Jack) if you (and anyone else) will be attending in order to ascertain the number of places. Cost per plate will be approximately $42 payable on your own to the server with any drinks, extras and tip you may have.

Note: When advising of your attendance, please select your meal selection. Please respond at your earliest convenience. . ..

Choice salad…
1) Caesar with house made caesar dressing, crisp romaine, double smoked bacon and shaved parmigiano reggiano.
2) Roasted Butternut Squash Salad- roasted apples & red onion, goat cheese, arugala, toasted sunflower seeds, finished with a Pearse Honey Vinagrette.
3) Our Garden Salad, farmed forged and tossed in a shallot vinagrette.

1) 9 oz Striploin with roasted garlic mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus
2) Grilled Chicken Supreme with a duo of beet and butternut with ricotta gnocchi,
and wilted creme spinach
3) Maple sous vide glazed Atlantic Salmon with a cashew infused jasmine rice and Bok choy.

Also to include a Feature Dessert.

Summer Clubhouse Closed.

Nov 11, 2016

The Clubhouse will be officially be closed this weekend for the winter season. Closed is defined that the water for the washrooms is turned off and all piping drained and heating reduced. Access is still permitted but the Alarm System mode has changed from partial to full. The Clubhouse will officially reopen in spring.

Last Races, Cradle Party, and Haul Out.

Sept 14, 2016

Good evening Sailors; September is hot on us; sailing has been great with warm weather and some fun winds.

Races: Just a reminder there are two races left in the season - this coming Saturday (17th) and the following Saturday (24th). As with most of our races, there is a get-together before the races at the clubhouse following with a Skippers’ Meeting. Racing will start around 1:30 to 2:00 pm. Please keep in mind that last minute changes may occur because of weather; please make efforts to find out changes if you are interested in racing.

Haul-out: Haul-out is scheduled for Saturday, October 15th, 2016 at first light. There will be a Safety Meeting the evening before (Friday, October 14) at 5:00 pm. Anyone having a boat being hauled-out must attend the meeting or have a designate present. There will be job assignments for haul-out day to finalize along with yard layout and safety issues.

Cradle Party: There is a cradle party scheduled for Saturday, October 1st, 2016. Everyone is to meet at Sault Search and Rescue for 1 pm. If you are car-pooling, please meet beforehand so that everyone is at SSAR for 1. SSAR is located at 246 Industrial Park Crescent. The cradle party is when we move all the cradles from storage back to the club in preparation for haul-out. All are welcome to help even if you don’t have a cradle or a boat.

If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to ask. See you on the water, Jack (Club Secretary)

Sault College Boat Training

Aug 31, 2016

The Natural Environment Program from Sault College will be conducting their motor boat safety training for the fall classes. The instructors and students will be using the boat launch area, the west side of the west dock, and the clubhouse. Algoma Sailing Club members are being asked to keep this area clear for this event.

  • Tuesday, October 4, 2016 from 08:30 to 11:30

  • Thursday October 6, 2015 from 13:30 to 16:30

The Sault College contact person is, Jeff Cartwright, Natural Environment Technologist, who will have a borrowed clubhouse key and Sault College appreciates the use of the ASC Facilities for their safety training over the past several years.

CanSail (BOOM) Sailing School.

Aug 13, 2016

The CanSail (Boom) Mobile Sailing School will be onsite from Monday August 15 to Friday August 19.

The Public is welcomed to come on down and to see the mobile sailing school in operation, children sail during the day whereas adults sail in the evenings.

Norman and April are the coordinators for this event and if you have any questions feel fee to ask them about the sailing program.

We would like to thank  Royal LePage Team Algoma and EXIT Realty Superior for their financial support of this year's programme. They have helped us keep costs down and made it possible to open the programme to children who normally would not be able to attend.

Members are asked to free up some extra dock space by returning boats to moorings and to help in unloading and loading up the boats from the boat carrier trailer. Contact Norm for volunteering.      

Our Clubhouse is Officially Open.

May 2, 2016

The recent warmer spring temperatures have allowed us to turn back on the water and to officially open our  clubhouse for the 2016 sailing season. In a few weeks we will be hauling into the waters or launching the boats via the rented crane on Saturday, May 14, 2016. A few trailer sailors have already launched their crafts taking advantage of the warm weather.

First Mates' (Ladies) Brunch.

May 2, 2016

Ahoy, First Mates' (and Captain April), The CN’s (CaroleAnne Naslovar and Carol Neave) are hosting this year’s First Mates' Ladies Brunch. Bring nothing except yourself, your good humour, and perhaps a sailing story you are willing to share with other sympathetic First Mates. It will be good to see one another after our long winter.

Date: Saturday May 7
Time: 10 am
Place: Harbourview Apartments Social Room, 89 Pine St.

Those planning to attend are asked to rsvp Carol Neave and Captains, please be sure to share this message with your first mates.

 A.S.C. Sailing Display; Boats, Movies, and Simulators.

April 14, 2016

The Algoma Sailing Club will be having a Sailing Display area set up inside the Station Mall on Friday April 15, Saturday April 16, and Sunday April 17, 2016.

There will be on hand;

- 3 Sailboats with a movie of each type on display, Sandpiper 565, 470 dingy, and Laser dingy.
- Sailing simulator software from Quality Simulations. Why not join us and have some mall virtual sailing races.
- Magazines and Books.
- GPS Mapping.
- 4 Movies and slide shows of the Algoma Sailing Club.
- North Channel Race Week information and slide show.
- CanSail (Boom) movie and slideshow and registration signups for Sailing Lessons.

We will post some pictures of the display after the event.

Revised Date for Haul-In Crane Launch 2016

April 1, 2016

Revised:  Nope, it's not an Aprils fools joke folks, but due to a commercial situation the crane that we had scheduled to use for the first weekend in May will out of town. The next available slot was on Mother's Days and since we don't like to upset mothers, we opted for the second weekend in May. This also has worked in our favor as the rental cost for the crane will be slightly lower.

Safety Meeting:  Friday, May 13, 2016 @ 17:00
Crane Launch: Saturday, May 14, 2016 @ 07:00
Pizza Lunch:    Saturday,  May 14, 2016 @ 12:00
Cradle Moving: Saturday May 14, 2016 @ 13:00

Everyone is reminded to bring a dessert with them for lunch.

The reason to move cradles on the same day as everyone is there to help lift, as haul-in is faster, and it frees up the next weekend to mast your boats just in time for the first race.

Spring is just around the corner and in a few weeks the Algoma Sailing Club will conduct its annual Haul-In to kick off the sailing season after Mothers Day. The clubhouse will be officially opened around mid April when the outdoor temperature determines when the water will be turned back on. By this time members will be removing removing  protective snow covers and starting to prepare their crafts for launching.

Due to the later launch date, one race of the Spring River Series will be cancelled.

The 2016 Membership forms are ready to be download and processed. If any of the membership has any ideas or concerns. do contact the executive early.

Show of Support Kiwanis Club

March 31, 2016

The Kiwanis Club f Sault Ste Marie is having their Annual Spring Pancake Breakfast during March 19 to April 10 every Saturday and Sunday from 9:00am to 1:00pm at the Conservation Authority's Sugar Shack on Fifth Line east. Do help support them in their fundraising adventure.

Wanted Fee Old Sails

March 31, 2016

Hi everyone, my daughter is looking for free old used sails in any condition for some craft projects. If you have any to get rid off, please contact us Pat McDonald at 705-253-805.

Learn to Sail this Summer - BOOM.

Feb 22, 2016

Due to demand the Algoma Sailing Club will be hosting the Boom Mobile Sailing School from Sail Ontario. This mobile sailing school introduces the basic skills of sailing and boat handling. The Boom Sailing School includes; 8 Quba dingy sailing boats, safety equipment, life jackets and instructors (who also have their own boats). Participants can also qualify for earning their CanSail Sailing Certification levels 1 and or 2. Its a great way to get out on the water and to have some fun this summer.

Sailing for Youths:  The Youth Programme is a day camp on the water with the class size of 16 with the youth sailing dual handed (2 in a boat).  Additional adult supervision is on hand at the clubhouse from drop off time to pickup time.

  • Ages: 8 to 14 years of Age

  • Where: Algoma Sailing Club

  • When: August 15-19, 2016

  • Time: Days, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

  • Fees: $380 ($350 membership / early bird rate till May 1st)

Sailing for Adults: The Boom Adult Programme operates during the evening, from six p.m. until dusk. The classes are small with only eight students. That means one instructor for every four sailors and each person gets a boat to themselves. So don't delay do register early.

  • Ages: Adult

  • Where: Algoma Sailing Club

  • When: August 15-18, 2016 (four nights)

  • Time: Evenings, 6 p.m. - dusk.

  • Fees: $275

Registration and Contact Info:

The Algoma Sailing Club's contact person for the Boom program is Norman and he can be emailed at or phoned at 705-450-2261, who will confirm your registrations. Since the sailing school must be pre-paid in advance hence your registration is only confirmed upon receipt of your payment, so do register early.

Notice of Race - North Channel Race Week.

Jan. 20, 2016

Hello, Sailors,

This is to let you know that the Notice of Race (NOR) for the NCRW 2016 is now posted on the Little Current Yacht Club website. ( You can read more details about the race all posted there and the Application Form will be posted in a couple of weeks or so.

You can now apply for your 2016 lhphrf certificate on the Lake Huron phrf website. ( If you have no changes from 2015, the renewal is free until April 1, 2016. Thereafter the charge in US$40.00.

Anyone who may possibly do any racing this year is advised to apply before the end of March.

Good Sailing, all………(It’s not too soon to plan ahead)
Gord Simpson for: NCRW 2016 Committee

2016 Spring Banquet and A.G.M.

Jan. 11, 2016

The Algoma Sailing Club Executive has scheduled Saturday February 27, 2016 for the Spring Banquet and the Annual General Meeting. This advance bulletin is to inform everyone of the planned date. Hence the executive will be in touch with all the membership of the location and menu items and to inquire who is attending for meal reservations.

There is one more executive meeting before the AGM hence if you have any concerns or items to be added to the agenda do let them know.

Do plan to attend and generally, the AGM includes the following;

  • Nominations and elections of the 2016 Executive.

  • Reports from all the committee's: Social, Dock, Sailing and Racing, and Building.

  • Treasurer's report and budget projections.

  • Work hours and future work projects.

  • Acceptance of minutes.

  • Interaction: Your comments and questions.

  • Constitution and by-law reviews (if needed).

  • Membership voting (if needed).

2015 Trophy Recipients

Dec 7, 2015

The Algoma Sailing Club Executive would like to say "Thank You" to everyone who helped and participated in races, activities, socials, and work parties at our Clubhouse.

It was a full house with forty attending the A.S.C Awards and Banquet night that also included sailing folks from Hilton.

Many different awards, trophies, and special thank you's were presented, to both racers and members. To everyone surprise there was also the addition of some new awards for special reasons.  You can check on who all won in our Trophy Case.

Donations Of Sailing Books, ASC-Library

Dec 7, 2015

The Algoma Sailing Club would like to say "Thank You" to the folks who have been  donating or recycling their old or unused Sailing Books and Magazines.

This has greatly expanded our library collection in the upstairs meeting room at our club house. They sure do wet our appetite even more to get out and sail (especially when waiting out old man winter). They are a great resource tool for sailors of all ages and soon a job for the Job Jar will be building a bookcase under the trophy case.

For more sailing info. check out our Sailing Books and Videos webpage.

Photo Album Updates

Dec 7, 2015

Wintertime is the perfect time for the webmaster to add your photos to the Photo album on our website. Hence if you have any photos or stories to submit, then email them to him.

Work Days, What do we do?

June 10, 2015

We have work days at our clubhouse to work on various group projects to maintain and to improve our facilities. In doing so makes it easier for members to fill in their required volunteer hours outside of the fixed smaller work tasks. What has everyone been doing of late, well here are a few pictures plus a story of what's occurring. 2015 work day

BBQ supper on Race Nights, come on out and have fun.

June 1, 2015

Our Social Committee is off to a roaring success with Race Night Suppers and the attendance in eating has been amazing (grin). After the supper is over the guys rush out and go sailing, while the ladies relax and play table games.

On Wednesdays, a pre-race supper occurs to allow more socializing between members and for introducing junior members who are invited on members boats. The time of this pre-race supper is (17:00-18:30) and there is lots of food on hand. But there is a small charge of $5.00 for foods being BBQ' ed such as burgers, sausages, and hot dogs. In addition members are bringing other foods items and are sharing them, chips, and special homemade treats as well. Pop and water is in the fridge and are available for a dollar a can.

The ASC Executive has approved $200 advancement for food and $100 to fix the barbeque for race night suppers to help assist the Social Committee in promoting club social times at the club house. The BBQ was found to be in such disarray that a new one was outright purchased to replace it, with the executive at the next meeting approving and coving the additional cost involved.

The Social committee is also looking for donations of a second propane tank (spare) and a microware for the kitchen to help with the meals.

Sault College Boat Training

May 22, 2015

Some of the outdoor programs offered at Sault College utilize the use of small power boats. Thus their staff  performs a Boat Training Session for those students involved. They will be using the boat launch area and the west side of the west dock. Algoma sailing Club members are being asked to keep this area clear for this event.

The Sault College contact person is, Jeff Cartwright, Natural Environment Technologist, who will have borrowed key for washroom access for the following dates;

  • Tuesday, June 9, 2015 from 09:30 to 13:00

  • Wednesday, June 10, 2015 from 09:30 to 13:00

What Can You Do? (an email repost)

April 20, 2015

Good Morning Sailors,

The 2015 season looks like it will be upon us soon, even though right now there is ice in the lagoon!

Launch is only 21 days away - it’s time to start considering what you need to do, want to do and may do for launch and this season.

Some items to consider:

  • all thru hull fittings closed
  • mooring lines inspected or replaced
  • arrangements for install of mooring lines to your mooring
  • engine given the once over so ready for launch
  • get bird nests out of your mast
  • dock lines located and ready
  • bumpers located and ready
  • arrangements for 2015 club fees
  • an apple for this year’s new Commodore Gerry Neave
  • locate and have ready your trendy sailing clothing and gear

There are a ton of other things to consider including safety gear, life jackets, fuel systems, winter damage, etc. Most important at this point is that your boat is ready to hit the water at launch and won’t sink.

If you are a new member, don’t hesitate to ask any member kicking about as to any questions you may have or help in doing something. We are a club and that’s what we do. You can also drop me an email and I’ll try and help you.

The power is back on and the water is somewhat running (some minor issues with this past very cold winter).

Some projects are ongoing and help is always needed. Ongoing efforts are going on the front deck - our in house Ron Wilson is coordinating this project and always looking for someone who can swing a hammer.

The gin pole needs to be refurbished a bit before launch including a coat of paint. Any help here would be greatly appreciated.

And if anyone has any extra time other than that, I can always use a hand cleaning and waxing my boat (just kidding. . .er. . .sorta. . . ).

Cheers, Jack, A.S.C. Executive Secretary

Mackinac Island Yacht Club News

Mar 27, 2015

The Mackinac Island Yacht Club has sent us a short newsletter of their seasons race schedules. We have reposted here MIYC News.

2015 Crane Launch Day Information.

Mar. 19, 2015 Updated

The 2015 Crane Launch Information are as follows;

Friday May 8;
 - Safety and Planning Meeting at 17:00 hrs. (All must attend.)
 - Acceptance of membership forms with payments.
 - Boat testing of motors and Mooring Ball line attaching, after meeting.

Saturday May 9:
- Crane Launch at 07:00 hrs.
 - Acceptance of membership forms with payments.
 - Crib loading after crane leaves, about 11:00 hrs.
 - Pizza Lunch at about 12:00 hrs.
 - Cribs transportation and drop off at storage yard at 13:00 hrs (possible two or three trips involved).

 - The social committee has announced a Ladies brunch for Launch Morning at 10 AM at Kathryn Wegener’s place (50 Parker Ave.) just for the 1st mates of the club while the skippers are busy with the boats. Carol Neave is the host for the event.

North Channel Race Week

Feb. 19, 2015

The North Channel Race Week will run again this summer with 5 days of  5 Races, July 20-25. There has been a port of call modification that will use Blind River (with more docking space) instead of Vidal Bay.

Annual General Meeting & Banquet

Feb 19, 2015

The Annual General Meeting (AGM), and Banquet will be held on Saturday February 21 with the social Banquet for the first part of the evening and then followed by the membership meeting and the voting of officers for 2015. The Membership has all been contacted via email by Jack P.

New Races: North Channel Race Week

June 12, 2014

A new race event called the North Channel Race Week, 5 days - 5 Races, July 21-25 has been created. For more information check out new our webpage NC Race Week.

A.S.C. became a Movie/Film Site.

June 4, 2014

Film Crews from Gearshift Films where at our clubhouse filming parts for the new move "Lost & Found" (click on the link to read more in our photo and news section). About 50+ persons (actors and crew) plus about 10 large mobile trailers containing various movie set gear were all onsite. 

Online Marine Charts

May 15, 2014

Navigating safely while sailing is very important and with the use of paper and electronic charts as an aid is very helpful. Our webmaster has created a new webpage with links that will allow you to see online NOAA Marine Charts (USA) of our area.

New Shells & Sails Program

April 2, 2014


The Algoma Sailing Club has become a test pilot club and club member for the newly formed Shells & Sails Organization which promotes both sailing and rowing. Shells & Sails has a unique partnership initiative between Row Ontario and Ontario Sailing and is funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation. The Shells & Sails program takes a entry level snapshot of what each club has to offer using its Club Operational Asset & Standards Tool called COAST and then develops a work plan that each club can use to grow and expand into the next set level of service.

Sails on the St. Marys, Tall Ships Volunteers

April 2, 2013

The "War of 1812 Algoma" presents the "Sails on the St. Marys" a tall ship 1812 tour. This event is a produced in partnership with the Tall Ships Challenge Great Lakes 2013 series.

The three Tall Ships (Lynx, Pride of Baltimore II, and the U.S. Brig Niagara) will be docking during Friday July 19 to Sunday July 21 (during Rottery Days) and they will be showcasing Marine History and shipbuilding, Military musters, and 1812 life and music, and each boat will be open for public tours

Volunteers are need for a sailing flotilla to welcome and escort the ships to the docks, and for shore volunteers while the ships are docked such as;

  • Ship Liaisons, Parking Attendants, Admission Table, "People" Handlers
  • Re-Enactors, Merchandise / Sales, Hospitality / Greeters
  • Gangway attendants, Photographer, Runners

If you are interested and can help out, do contact our Neil our Fleet Captain for more information.

St Mary's River Radio Scanner

Jan. 1, 2013

How busy is our waterways? Well you can listen to the Marine Radio Scanner of all the local ship/boat traffic travelling throughout the Sault Mary's River System. On our VHF Radio page , this VHF radio feed is courtesy of Boatnerd and Radio Reference.


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