How to get the MOST out of sailing in Toronto?

Beautiful cottage sailing club in Toronto
Racing and regattas at OHCC Sailing Fanatics Toronto
Volunteer with our community of fun folks
Sailing school regatta at OHCC Toronto

The sailing season can be short but I definitely look forward to its start. If you’re wondering how to make the most of a short sailing season by starting early, you’ll find that article [here]. This post takes a slightly different flavor. I’m thinking more about how to get the most out of any sailing club or school you join or learn with. Sailing Fanatics is partnered with the Outer Harbour Centerboard Club (OHCC for short).

With Sailing Fanatics you get the option to use a sailboat that you don’t own, reducing a lot of the upfront and annual costs associated with boat ownership. We offer learn to sail lessons and pay as you go sailing that allows you to sail without joining OHCC. However, I want to take some time to explain why I still strongly encourage you to consider a membership with OHCC each year:

  • Great value for use of a cottage in Toronto. With OHCC you pay just $75 for your first year and $150 after that. That’s for a whole season! May to September you can use the club anytime you like.

  • The club itself (OHCC) and many others have really awesome facilities. There’s BBQs, a cottage like club house, a beautiful lawn with chairs to sit and drink a beer, a dock and the option to swim if it’s really hot. You are also part of a really awesome community!

  • A quiet and relaxing space. It really is an oasis in the city. If you don’t believe me come check us out in the summer!

  • A community of fun folks. That’s right fun folks! Anyone is welcome. OHCC is a family friendly club and has members of all ages. There’s events throughout the season, social and sailing related.

  • Families welcome. No explanation needed here.

  • Volunteer some time and feel good. Clubs that are inexpensive usually ask you to volunteer some time. It’s not a big time commitment, you sign up, show up, usually work with some other members, chat, get outside and feel good about helping.

  • MORE OPPORTUNITIES TO SAIL! That’s right, if you want to get out and go sailing without owning a boat you can do this with the club as well. It’s a good idea to start with a learn to sail course and practice a bit with Sailing Fanatics. Then you can come down to OHCC on a Tuesday evening and find a skipper who need a crew. Many lasting sailing partnerships are born this way. Plus you get to sail with someone who has a lot of experience and advice to offer!

Tom Winskell