At the southern end of Georgian Bay on Lake Huron, is a sailing club with a difference. The Midland Bay Sailing Club, founded in 1967, it has created a special bond between the sailing community and the act of charity. With access to some of the most amazing fresh water sailing waters in the world, the club hosts some of the best sailing events on Lake Huron.
In the past 50 years the club has grown into a central focal point for sailing enthusiasts for many miles around. The club was founded on the principle of sharing, sailing and of course fun. Over the years it has become a pillar of education and charity for all around Midland Bay. The founding members were boat builders and racers and that theme has continued until now.
With events held almost daily during the summer months, sailors both young and old gather at the clubhouse or at water’s edge to enjoy the excitement and entertainment. From open mic nights and the Friday Night Pub evening to the annual Pig Roast there is something for everyone. The club facilities can accommodate boats up to 40 feet long and has a little more than 140 berths. Members are spoiled at the clubhouse with dining for 110+ people with catering from the onsite kitchen, even being kitted to host all types of events with the use of the media center.
The club is also hosts several educational courses for all ages, from novice to aspiring racer, you can learn everything you need to know about the sport. And sailing is not just an able-bodied sport, the club has comprehensive facilities, all with disabled access so that anyone can enjoy sailing. The school can house more than 130 students of all ages during the summer with 4 sessions to suit any schedule. These students also participate in the charitable functions held by the club. This is no small thing for the members of the club, supporting the community is one of the primary principles of the club and its members.
With its members doing more than 3200 hours of charity work in the community every year, you will always find a helping hand at the club. Members are actually required to volunteer a certain number of hours every year, which fosters strong bonds throughout the community at large. From events like the Big Brother and Big Sister Charity Sail for children that gives the less fortunate a taste of sailing and hosts them all for a delicious BBQ in the evening. To treating the Mayor and MP’s to a trip on the water during SailPast, or Sail For Hope that donates to the Canadian Cancer Society the club provides a truly exceptional and inspirational service to the community.
All of the more than 163 active members are in their own right strong pillars of their neighborhood and communities and anyone that visits the club will fondly remember the friendliest welcome they have ever received. Members will share all the benefits of the club such as the amazing sportsmanship during events and the willingness to teach and help visitors by showing them the ropes as it were on the waters.
If you are looking for a new heart warming experience and maybe a new past time come join us at the Midland Bay Sailing Club, you won’t be sorry.