Sturgeon Lake Sailing Club Awarded Regatta of the YEAR!

On January 28, 2011, the Canadian Yachting Association announced that Sturgeon Lake Sailing Club was the winner of the 2010 CYA Regatta of the Year. The CYA City of Kingston Regatta of the Year Award will be presented by CYA to SLSC for its hosting of the 2010 Canadian Laser Masters Championships that took place over 3 days of great sailing in July 2010.

The Masters Regatta involved a huge effort from an army of Sturgeon volunteers – it was in every way a community wide effort.  Many people provided beds to the sailors; many prepared the community breakfasts and dinners; many were on the water helping out; the harbour team got boats launched and back to shore; the scorers were timely; the prizes were wonderful…The masters sailors – aged 35 to 77- raved about the accommodations, about the meals, about the racing, about the surroundings and above all about how organized and helpful and friendly the volunteers were.  The Sailing Club extends a giant thank you to everyone who pitched in to make this regatta what it was – the best in Canada for 2010!

Hugh Desbrisay

Commodore, SLSC

Civic Holiday Weekend Events!

The Civic Holiday Weekend is upon us. That means we’re right in the middle of summer, but it also means that it is time for the Saturday night Barbecue and Street Dance at the Park and the Annual Sturgeon Point Regatta. The Saturday night Barbecue and Street Dance will be held, well, this Saturday night, (July 31). Things get going at about 6:00 p.m. when the barbecued dinner is served. There’ll be drinks and dessert too. dinner the DJ will get things hopping. Come out and dance with your neighbours.

Monday morning the fun and games start when the 172nd Sturgeon Point Regatta kicks off on the front lawn of Swannanoa at 10:00 a.m. There’ll be all kinds of races for young and old, there will be a candy toss (for young, not old) and some unique novelty races too. In the afternoon (2:00 p.m.) the action moves to the Public Beach for the swimming and canoe races.  

Everyone is welcome to participate in these events. See you there!

Call for beds for sailors

This year out very own Sturgeon Lake Sailing Club (SLSC) has been selected to host the Canadian Laser Masters Championships on July 23 to 25. The club obviously has a tremendous reputation and continues to raise the bar by attracting such high level competitions year after year.

One of the reasons for this success is that each and every sailing competion is a community effort, and every year Sturgeon Point has welcomed the participants of Provincial and National level competitions by hosting them within our small community. This was often done by simply providing a welcoming smile and a part of a yard for young sailors to set up tents.

This year, because the Masters competion involves mature sailors from 35 to 75(!) years of age, we are looking more for beds rather than outdoor space to pitch a tent. No meals will need to be provided – sailors will be fed communally at the sailing club and elsewhere. Sailors will also provide their own bedding. 

If you think you can provide a bed or two for some sailors, please contact the SLSC at [email protected] . They will be thrilled to hear from you. The club asks that you do so before June 15th so that they can assess the number of beds that will be available.

If you’d like to read more about this event, please click on the following link: SLSC to Host 2010 Canadian Laser Masters Championships.

Street Dance and the 171st Regatta

The long weekend is over, Rick and the band have packed up and gone home after the street dance and barbeque on Saturday night, and the 171st running of the Sturgeon Point Regatta has now joined the 170 previous regattas in the history books. Both events were very succesful. A big thank-you goes out to all of those people who helped organise, prepare food, cook, clean up, and do the many other small jobs that get done to make these events work. A special thanks goes out to Maureen McKellar who headed up the street dance event.

This year’s regatta was deftly handled by Simon and Patti Aspinwall, who took over from the long-time stewardship of Larry and Leslie Thomas. The turnout was tremendous, the weather was great and there was much excitement as everyone participated in or watched the morning’s events. Thanks once again to the gang at Swananoa for generously hosting the events on their beautiful yard. The afternoon events at the Public Beach were somewhat abbreviated by the cancellation of the canoe races due to rough water and the lack of available crash boats. Much fun was had by all in any case. Click on this to see the group photo of the attendees of the morning races.