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

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Algoma Sailing Club, News Bulletins

Newsletter: ASC Haul-Out 2020. Sept 15, 2020

Anyone noticed that the geese are practicing flight formations, mornings are getting nippy, nights are drawing in and leaves are on the turn to just a hint of red and orange?

Yup, sorry to mention it, but its time for Skippers to think about Haul-Out!

The Cradle Moving and Setting party will be held on Saturday October 03 2020

The Pre-Haul-Out Safety and Coordination Meeting for all Skippers, or Representatives, for each boat will be held the evening of Friday October 09 2020.

The Crane is booked for Saturday October 10, 2020.

This initial meeting will most probably via Zoom, as we did for launch this season. Details to be announced later.

Before the event, Ron will verify with Skippers to confirm intentions for;
• Haul-out at ASC, which boats are being hoisted on the day either on to a cradle and remaining on the hard for the winter season.
• Those that will take out boats via the ramp (either at ASC or at other [e.g. Bellevue Marina])
• Those that will be bringing boats on trailers back into ASC grounds for winter storage after the crane haul-out operations are completed

Newsletter: Commodore's Comments. July 29, 2020

Club Racing:

As we continue to operate under the now relaxed COVID-19 restrictions, many members are enjoying some sailing about in their vessels. At this time, the Executive and I do not believe that we can resume any official racing events.

Docks and Things:

I could not help but notice that our docks have been host to a fair number of vessels; some of which have been there for quite some time. As everyone should be aware, vessels not requiring the use of shore facilities should not be left on the docks, and should be transferred to their mooring. Vessels remaining on the docks prevent the use of shore facilities by others who may need them. You should also be aware that vessels tied to the docks during a storm, or strong winds are more likely to cause damage to the docking facilities, as well as the vessel itself. The safest place for your vessel is on its mooring! If you DO NOT REQUIRE docking facilities, please DO NOT leave your vessel docked for extended amounts of time.

Work Hours:

Also please note, for those looking for work hours, there is an ongoing list available on the wall inside the lower Clubhouse. Please make sure to record your hours in the book provided, and mark any completions of items on the list. There may be another work party for this Thursday. Watch for an email with further details.

At last, we are sailing.
Thank you, Alan McLean, Commodore

Races: Spring Series and Race Barbeques. June 5, 2020

Dear Members,

As a reminder, Due to the Covid-19 situation, Sail Ontario advised it's sailing clubs (on May 26) of what services are permitted and that "Social Events" and "Club Race Nights" were not permitted, and hence the "Spring Race Series" and the "Spring Race Barbeques" have been cancelled.

(Traditionally there would only be time for 2 or 3 races out of 7 due to the late crane launch and then mast raising it doesn't justify the spring series to be even run.)

Currently only independent recreational sails of persons from your household are permitted. When Sail Ontario notifies us that the situation has improved then the membership will be advised. Possibly, the Summer and Fall Races could take place but; operate in a different fashion, under a new set of rules, or, due to revised social distancing requirements.

Sail Ontario also advised that Clubhouses are deemed closed, except for washrooms and emergency services. Hence the upstairs clubhouse's lounge, washrooms, and kitchen are closed, but access to the both the lower level washrooms and telephone are available.

Be aware of the date that local Marina Services close for the season, to ensure you have time to pump out the "head" and tank of your boat.

Regards, ASC Fleet Captain, Neil.

2020 Crane Launch. June 5, 2020

After being delayed for a over month due to Covid-19, the Algoma Sailing Club on June 5 was permitted to Launch the Fleet using Sterling's Crane.  Social distancing and protective equipment was used and due to Covid-19 some members requested that their boats where to remain on land. The crane launch took a bit more time this year as boats left on land had to be repositioned to the edges of the parking lot to open up access to the clubhouse. Overall the crane launch was a safe and successful.

Newsletter: Online Pre-Launch Safety Meeting.

June 4, 2020

The majority of Captains have advised that they will proceed with the preparation and launching of their vessels, while a few have chosen to have their vessels remain in storage for this season. Consequently, these vessels will need to relocated as to not impede the continued safety and operation of the Club.

Therefore the Launching of vessels will be conducted in tandem with these relocations. The exact details of this will be provided in a preceding update following the consolidation of those plans this evening.

A Safety Meeting will be conducted at 5:00 PM, Thursday, June 4th, via the ZOOM platform. Two time slots have been booked. The links for these are provided within an email sent to all members. The second session will be utilized if the first does not provide enough time to conduct the meeting. To participate, you must either download and install the ZOOM software, or you may simply click on the links provided, and follow the prompts to join the meeting.

If using downloaded ZOOM software, it is highly recommended that you install and test the software in order receive the best benefit in attending the meeting. The software is free, but does require some familiarization to use efficiently. As noted previously, if not utilizing the downloaded software, you can also just click on the link and it will route you to the meeting as well.

For those of you who have not completed the installation of your mooring lines by the end of today, the Committee Boat will be made available to assist after 3:30 PM Thursday afternoon, and following the Safety Meeting.

You will require a Computer, Tablet or Smart Phone in order to participate. Those not having access to these devices could alternatively arrange to call a participant by phone and have them put them on speaker phone. Direct-Dial-In is currently not supported.

Soon we will be Sailing,

Regards, Alan McLean, Commodore.

Newsletter: Launch is Three Sleeps Away & Mooring Lines.

June 3, 2020

Launch is scheduled for this coming Friday morning - June 5th, 2020. There will be a safety meeting via Zoom on Thursday evening at 5 pm - details and link to follow.

Is Your Personal Piece of Bliss Ready?

Hopefully you're on your final bit of washing, waxing, and maybe bottom painting. If you are completely done and looking for something to do, I am sure there are a few that could use some help! Please make sure your engine is ready and fenders set on the starboard side of your yacht.

With the pandemic still hot on our heels, there will be extra measures taking place which will be explained at the safety meeting. We will be making every effort to be operating as safe as possible during operations. Please try and locate a mask for yourself, work gloves are a good idea, and safety footwear. If you have your own hard hat and visi-vest (reflective safety vest), please bring it along but otherwise the club does have a collection of these. We are trying to provide some soap and sanitizer on site, but if you have your own please bring it along.

Remember to wash your hands, not touch your face, and maintain social distancing as much as possible. You will need your mask especially in circumstances when social distancing is not possible.

Mooring Lines

A big reminder to make sure your mooring lines are ready. If you need assistance here, there will be several members doing theirs on Thursday evening after the safety meeting.

Newsletter: 2020 Staying Safe & Healthy, Crane Launch.

May 31, 2020

As usual, we will be making every effort to be operating as safe as possible during operations. On top of the personal safety equipment members must wear during Launch operations such as hard hats, visi-vests and steel toed footwear, please bring a mask to help protect others. Remember to wash your hands, not touch your face, and maintain social distancing as much as possible. You will need your mask especially in circumstances when social distancing is not possible.

In preparation, it is strongly suggested that all members with computers, tablets, or smart phones become familiar with the ZOOM conferencing platform as we are considering conducting a Safety Briefing through this medium in the near future.

Regards, Alan McLean, Commodore

Newsletter: 2020 Launch Is Almost Here.

May 31, 2020

As we all are aware, this is a year like no other. There has been a great deal of speculation as to whether or not we would be able launch our boats this year, and as to the possibility that they may not be retrievable in the fall. Like many others, I have also pondered over these questions.

Through our communications with the Ontario Sailing Association (OSA), the consensus is that the Fall Haul-Out will not be cancelled due to the amount of pressure that would be exerted on the Government from the Insurance Companies, and the influence of many OSA members.

The Executive and I have spent many hours working toward the bringing about of a successful launch on Friday, June 5th, 2020, while maintaining a safe environment for all Members.

A few requests have been received from Captains not wishing to launch their vessels due to these, and other concerns. The Executive and I have reviewed these requests with regard to their merit, feasibility, and overall impact on the Club and the Membership.

Much consideration was given toward the logistics of permitting these vessels to remain in their current positions. However, this was determined to be undesirable. This would restrict the safe access to Club facilities, adversely affect the safety of both the vessels and Club Members. These vessels will therefore need to be relocated at Launch, and possibly again at the time of Haul-Out, requiring the use of crane services in both instances.

Consequently, after much deliberation, it was determined that it will not be possible to exempt the owners of these vessels from having to pay crane fees. It would also be unfair to exempt the owners of vessels not requiring relocation from their present positions from also having to pay these fees.

Therefore, the Executive has determined that all vessel owners normally requiring crane services will be required to pay crane and mooring fees, regardless of whether or not they choose to launch their vessels.

This was not an easy decision. It is in fact the best of two; "less than ideal" courses of action.

Further, owners of vessels not normally requiring crane services, and who choose not to launch their vessels, must remove their vessels and / or trailers from the property, or pay the equivalent sum of crane and mooring fees.

Consequently, vessel owners planning to forego the launch of their vessels this summer, should understand that this will not result in any financial savings.

It is understood that this will not be a popular decision, but it is the only way in which to conduct the operation of the Club in the most fair, and impartial manner, under the present circumstances.

The good news is that we will soon be opening the two lower washrooms in preparation for Launch. A notice will be posted outlining the required procedures for their use, and appropriate materials for safeguarding those using these facilities will be made available.

Plans continue for the launching of our vessels and as is customary, the Committee Boat will be made available proceeding the Launch in order to assist those who have not been able to install their mooring lines.

Further details regarding the Launch will be circulated as soon as they have been completed.

In preparation, it is strongly suggested that all members with computers, tablets, or smart phones become familiar with the ZOOM conferencing platform as we are considering conducting a Safety Briefing through this medium in the near future.

Regards, Alan McLean, Commodore

Newsletter: 2020 Crane Launch, Friday June 5.

May 23, 2020
Greetings Fellow Sailors:

Subsequent to the recent relaxation of Provincial and local restrictions, the Executive and I now believe that we can safely proceed with the launching of our vessels. Crane services have been booked for the morning of Friday, June 5th.

In keeping with the current level of restrictions and recommendations, there will be a marked decrease in the number of those participating in the disposition of vessels. Details in this regard will be provided shortly.

All members should now complete the required preparations prior to the Launch date.

Please use the link provided in the club email sent out to all members, to complete your membership applications for 2020:

With luck, all will go smoothly as planned, and we can finally "ALL" be SAILING.

Regards, Alan McLean, Commodore.

Newsletter: Start of Resuming Operations, COVID-19.

May 15, 2020
Greetings Fellow Sailors;

As many of you may be aware, the Province has now provided for the resumption of operations with regard to Boating Clubs. As per the recent announcement, this will be possible as of 12:01 am, this Saturday, May 16th.

I know that we are all anxious to get at our boats and to prepare them for the season. Both the Executive and have appreciated your patience and cooperation during the past restrictions.

Consequently, access to the Algoma Sailing Club will be permitted as of this Saturday. However, this access will come with several restrictions in order to comply with both Provincial and Municipal requirements, and guidelines.

Access will be restricted to Members and their immediate household (if a member, or anyone in their household is exhibiting symptoms that may be associated with the Corona Virus, they should remain at home, and not visit the Club). The number of persons working on a vessel must not exceed 5 persons (also to be members of the same household). Access to the Clubhouse will be restricted to the retrieval of personal items only. No access will be permitted to all washroom, or kitchen facilities (if you have to go, go at home). Social gatherings on the front deck will not be permitted.

Access to electrical power, and the outside water taps will be made available shortly. Outside waste disposal facilities will be available. The gate barrier will remain closed. Vehicles will be permitted in the compound for the purpose of, loading and unloading only. When loading or unloading is completed, vehicles are to be parked outside of the compound, and the barrier is to be restored.

All groups must maintain Social Distancing, (between groups) of "2 meters" at all times. Tools, food, and etc. should not be shared between groups.

The total number of persons present on the property at any given time must not exceed 50 persons (as per Provincial Order).

The use of personal protective equipment including gloves and masks is highly recommended and encouraged.

Those wishing to launch their vessels from trailers, may do so. Access to moorings and the dinghy docks are permitted. If you decide to moor your vessel, please remove your trailer from the grounds if possible.

Please ensure that all mooring lines are in a good state of repair and that "2 Mooring Lines" are attached to each vessel.

Please be aware that a higher level of scrutiny may be exercised by border officials. It is highly recommended that you have all your documents in order in the event that your vessel is boarded. A majority of our local river system is in U.S. waters.

The Executive and I will continue to monitor the situation for evidence that further adjustments may be required to these policies.

(Some of us get to go sailing.)

Best Regards, Alan McLean, Commodore

Newsletter: May 4 Update, COVID-19

May 5, 2020
May 4, 2020 Status

Your Algoma Sailing Club executive virtually met this evening to address Club matters. We still have not received direction from Ontario Sailing as to the interpretation of the Ontario Government's latest easement of restrictions (May 1, 2020). To date, the Ontario Government has made mention of allowing marinas to be able to "prepare for the season". So far, it has not been satisfied that this means a facility such as ours can allow the membership onto the grounds to work on their boats. Your Commodore will be consulting with Ontario Sailing directly on the matter in an effort to get a more concise picture.

2020 Membership Fees

In an effort to address the Club's 2020 expenses, invoices will be forwarded to all Senior Members for this year's membership fees. At this time, the invoices will only address the $350.00 annual fee and not any other costs at this time. Your executive will continue to meet and discuss financial direction as the situation evolves. As noted, Senior Members will be forwarded invoices.

We appreciate your patience on the matter. First and foremost, we need to consider the overall health implications - this needs to take precedence.

North Channel Race Week Canceled, COVID-19

April 30, 2020

Unfortunately Sailors:

The North Channel Race Week Organizing Committee has taken the decision to cancel this year's race series due to the pandemic and the uncertainty about; opening, launching, and traveling. Fair winds to you all and let's think positive thoughts about perhaps salvaging some part of the sailing season. Check back for further updates. Be Safe.

Newsletter: A New Season 2020, COVID-19

April 8, 2020

Greetings Fellow Sailors:

It should come as no surprise that this year; things are not going to go as planned. The latest order put out by the Ontario Government has forbidden the operation of all recreational club activities, both public and private until further notice.

At this time the Club facilities will remain closed and access to the Clubhouse is prohibited (signs have been posted in this regard.). Access to the grounds will be restricted to security access, and the retrieval of essential items. Club members may not engage in the repair, prepping or outfitting of vessels.

Additional security cameras have been installed at the Clubhouse with remote monitoring and recording on designated executive members computers and phones.

Please be aware that both Provincial, and Municipal officers will be on the lookout for violators of the Provincial Order, and that the penalties are severe. It is recommended that if you don't absolutely need to visit the site, that you stay away and avoid drawing their attention.

At this time, the launch date of May 8th has not been cancelled. The Executive will continue to monitor the situation and will address this matter before the end of this month. If the situation does not change, a postponement is most likely.

In light of this situation, the Executive has also voted to suspend the requirement for the completion of work hours by members.

North Channel Race Week, July 20-24 2020.

Feb 12, 2020

The details and entry forms for the 7th Annual North Channel Race Week have been posted at the Little Current Yacht Club, and registrations are now being accepted. There have been some changes; new lower fees to attract new entrants "with more relaxed approach", increased socializing, an inclusion of a "Cruising Fleet" (shorter race legs and motor from finish to Marina) and online payments. This race has many divisions (up to 5 races) and with three fleet class's completing. To enter this race you are required to have a Lake Huron PHRF certificate from

Membership Forms Online Registration

Feb 12, 2020

You can renew your membership with our online registration form. 2020 Frees to be reviewed and approved at the upcoming AGM.  Online Registration Form.

ASC Newsletters, from the Secretary

Feb 12, 2020

All members (Senior and Associates) are group emailed the Algoma Sailing Club Newsletter from the Club's Secretary. Your email used is the one submitted on your registration form. If your not receiving any then do update your email address. Here are the topics / highlights covered for each.

  • Feb 10, 2020: Spring Banquet and Annual General Meeting Feb 29, Lake Huron PHRF 2020 Renewals, a "Tender" offer.
  • Feb 5, 2020: ASC "Sailors" Gathering Breakfast Feb 8, Upcoming AGM reminder.
  • Jan 8, 2020: ASC Constitutional Update Meeting, Special General Meeting Feb 20.
  • Jan 1, 2020: Toronto Boat Show Complimentary Tickets Jan 17-26, ASC "Sailors" Gathering Breakfast Jan 4.

2019 Trophy Recipients

Feb 12, 2020

The attendance at the Algoma Sailing Club's Christmas Party & Awards and Banquet night, was great and it was a full house. The attendees consisted of members, spouses, and sailing friends.

Many different awards, trophies, and special thank-you's were presented, to both racers and members. You can read our Press Report: Algoma Sailing Club 2019 Awards, and you can check out the winners names in our Trophy Case.

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.

Secretary's News - Club Renovations

Jun 5, 2019

Clubhouse Lounge Flooring Removal

On Sunday evening Jun 02, Scott St. Jules will start on removal of the old carpet and prep the floor as necessary. We have purchased new laminate flooring in vinyl planking 12 mm thickness to cover the whole lounge and including the small corridor leading to both bathrooms. Scott estimates that the job will be completed by Tuesday Jun 04.

The funds for this well needed project will be adequately contained within the contingency allowed for the 2019 budget under Clubhouse Repairs.

Clubhouse Roof Re-Shingle

On Monday Jun 03, KC’s Roofing Contractor will start with removal of existing shingles on both roof levels and replace with new “Architectural Shingles” and improved attic ventilation. This project, assuming decent weather conditions, is expected to take 2 days.

We trust that some restriction from upstairs access of the clubhouse, resulting from the above two described projects for the early part of next week, is not too inconvenient. However, as you can well appreciate, it is important to allow space for work to proceed efficiently and in safety.

Wednesday evening Barbecue will not be affected.

Secretary's News - Celebration of Life - Bill Adolph

June 5, 2019
Celebration of Life

On Sunday, June 2nd, the Adolph family is having a Celebration of Life for the late Bill Adolph, an avid sailor and a founding member of the Algoma Sailing Club. It is the family’s wish that family members accompany Bill’s ashes on a ‘last sail’ on the St. Mary’s River.

To that end it is planned (weather permitting) that at 9:00 am., Sunday, June 2nd, members of the Adolph family with designated skippers from ASC will cast off from the ASC west dock. Return to ASC is planned for 10:45am.

To facilitate this activity, it is asked that club members please keep the east side of the west dock clear of boats from noon on Saturday until noon on Sunday, June 1 & 2.

Visitation is at Arthur Funeral Home from 12:00 to 1:30pm.  Service to follow at 2:00pm

Secretary's News - Upcoming Events

June 5, 2019
Wednesday Evening Around the Cans

Next Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 the evening race schedule begins - at least for those that have their masts up. Skippers meeting at 6:30 pm. and course starts at 7:00 pm. Come on out regardless of your skills and/or boat. It's not about winning or losing but just getting out on the water

Race Night BBQs

Along with the race schedule beginning for the season, race night barbecues will also start next week (22nd) at 5:00 pm. Come on out and join in on the food and the get-together! Waiting to see who the celebrity chef for the 2019

Haul-out Date Change

As per the discussion at the Haul-out Safety Meeting, the Fall Haul-out date has been changed. Haul-out is now scheduled for Saturday, October 5th, 2019.

Secretary's News - Online Membership Assistance

June 5, 2019
Cradle Party

This coming Saturday, May 18th, 2019 at 1:00 pm., will be the spring cradle party. Most of the heavy work is supposed to be done for us, but we will still need hands for the little stuff. Our Commodore has established enough forensic evidence to establish cradle footprints for the fall. If your cradle is not being moved to storage, feel free to move it so that we can clear the parking lot. Launch went well, boats are splashed, & we're ready to sail (er, well. . .almost)!

Online-Membership Fest

Thanks to all who have submitted their 2019 Membership online forms via the link. If you haven't had a chance yet, please do soon.

If you are having some difficulty with the process, on Saturday, May 4th, 2019 at 10:30 am, we will be hosting a session at the clubhouse to assist anyone with the online process. Computers and an associated computer geek (Norm Rippon) will be on-hand to help you.

At this time, we will also be having a little welcome session to any new members that wish to partake. A little history of the club, advantages to our membership, a quick run-through of the club and some friendly smiles.

Hope to see ya'll there.

First Mates' Brunch

Also a reminder, that we will be holding our annual First Mates' Pot Luck Brunch on Saturday, 11th May at 10.30 am, at the Algoma Sailing Club.

All Women & children members are invited to attend. Please RSVP to Val Wilson with a note saying what you would like to bring.

Secretary's News - Algoma Sailing Club open for 2019

June 5, 2019
Welcome to the 2019 Season

Open water, and warmer days are signs that the start of the 2019 sailing season is just around the corner. This newsletter is to get you up to speed on all that is happening.

Clubhouse is Open

Our Most Exalted Leader and his Vice (Ron W. & Al M.) were busy this past weekend and have everything up and running. The water has been turned on, the water heater has been filled, the outside hose connections are operational, and power restored to all circuits. Time to start getting things ready for the season!

Launch Date Reminder

Launch is scheduled for Friday, May 10, 2019 at sunrise until all boats are in the water. The evening before, Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 5:00 pm (17:00 hrs for you military buffs) is the Mandatory Pre-Launch Safety Meeting. All particulars will be set including times, tasks, safety briefing, etc. 2019 fees will be accepted on either date. A reminder that all skippers must be in attendance (unless they have made arrangements for a stand-in).

2019 Memberships

The club has moved to an online membership process to complete your renewal; it will tabulate your dues. You may then provide your dues at launch time or contact the Treasurer Gerry Neave for e-transfer options. e-transfer on Interac can also be done.

On Saturday, May 4th, 2019, we will be hosting a session at the clubhouse to assist anyone with the online process, as well as a welcome to new members.

First Mates' Brunch

Sailing season is almost upon us even if spring is not! With that in mind, we will be holding our annual First Mates' Pot Luck Brunch on Saturday, 11th May at 10.30 am, at the Algoma Sailing Club.

All Women & children members are invited to attend. Please RSVP to Val Wilson with a note saying what you would like to bring.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

First River Race of the Season.

Mar 9, 2019
The first race of the season, of the St Mary's River Spring Race Series (7 races) begins on Wednesday May 22, 2019 at 18:30 sharp at the dock for the skippers meeting and then 19:00 sharp to cross the starting line. To provide more prep time to get to the starting line on time, do ensure that your boat is ready at the dock before the Social Committee's barbeque supper begins.You can view all of the dates of our races on the Race Calendar.

2018 Launch, Get ready what can You do?

March 12, 2018

The Crane Launch is less than a few months away and 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 2018 club fees
  • locate and have ready your trendy sailing clothing and gear
  • safety gear, life jackets
  • fuel systems
  • winter damage.

Most important at this point is that your boat is ready to hit the water at launch.

ASC on Facebook and Facebook on ASC website.


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.

Donations Of Sailing Books, ASC-Library


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.


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