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The summer sailing season is quickly approaching and this is a quick update on the plans for this year. Our board has already met a few times since our Annual General Meeting, making sure that everything is on track for our summer season.

Of particular note: our Spring General Meeting will be held on April 7th, 1:30 – 4 pm, at the Granite Club. See details below.

Key Dates for the Summer 2018 Sailing Season

Spring General Meeting: April 7th, 2 – 4 pm, with social at 1:30 at the Granite Club, 99 Seagram Dr. in Waterloo. Great time to find out more details on what’s going on at the club this summer, and provide any ideas and suggestions and get ready for the sailing season.

Club Opening – Saturday, April 21stVolunteers needed for this year’s club opening. An e-mail will be sent out closer to the date. Also, a gentle reminder that the early bird membership discount ends at the club opening.

Warm Water Regatta, June 9th and 10thCome out for some fun in the sun at our Warm Water Regatta, and celebrate afterwards with a delicious Spanish themed dinner!! Training day and dinner are on Saturday, with the regatta held Sunday! We will be looking for volunteers to assist with hosting this event. More info at the SGM.

Start of Wednesday night races  – May 23rd 7:00pm start Come out and enjoy some friendly competition with fellow club members

General Open House – Sunday, May 27th Members from the University of Waterloo’s Sailbot team will be doing some trial runs with their autonomous sailboat in prep for competition. A good chance to see them in action, and wish them success.

Sail Past/Pirates Day – Saturday, June 23rdThis event is always fun for the whole family. So get your best water cannons ready to welcome your commodore to the board with style! Enjoy an evening sail and deck out your boat in some brilliant lights and enjoy a night cruise with friends and family for the summer solstice. Details to follow.

Laser Regatta New and still Tentative July 28th and 29th We will be looking for some volunteers and a Race Officer, and hopefully this can grow into a good event for the club.

All Arms Race – Sunday, July 29th

Club Championship – Saturday and Sunday, August 18th and 19th

Opti Poker Run – Sunday, September 2ndThis event was a ton of fun last year and the year before, so we’re bringing it back! We want to see all the Opti’s out on the lake this year for a friendly game of poker. We may also be adding a youth racing day for our sailing school campers, stay tuned!

Club Closing – Saturday, October 13thVolunteers needed for this year’s club closing. An e-mail will be sent out closer to the date.

We are looking forward to seeing you all at the Spring General Meeting on April 7th!

Conestoga Sailing Club.

posted by | Comments Off on Commodore’s Sail Past & Pirate Day!


Come join us for the 2017 edition of our annual

Commodore’s Sail Past & Pirate Day!

on Saturday, July 1

  • Sail Past is scheduled to begin around 1:00pm
  • Mitch and RikkiRene are co-Commodores for the day, so this will be a great send-off for them.
  • After the Sail Past, the Commodores will try to defend the fort, while the cretins, wharf rats & low-lifes attempt to take it from them!
  • All manner of water cannon permitted! (but no hull contact!!)
  • After one side surrenders or gives up, Dinner will be pot luck salads and desert, with the club providing the burgers and sausages.

We look forward to seeing you there!

posted by | Comments Off on 2017 Open House: Saturday June 17!

Come join us for our

2017 Open House on Saturday, June 17!

  • Tour our club property!
  • Get a ride/demonstration in a sailboat!
  • Meet Members!
  • Find out about our Sailing School and summer programs!
  • Enjoy an afternoon at the lake!
  • Refreshments provided!

From 11:00 AM until 4:00 PM

We look forward to seeing you there!

Print the poster! 2017 Open House

Need directions? Check out our map and directions here.
Got a question? Send us an email at
Or leave us a message at 519-638-5241.

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It’s that time of year to sign up!  Join today and take advantage of the early bird pricing!

2013 AGM


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The 2013 annual general meeting of the Conestoga sailing club was held on Sunday November 24th 2013. We meet at the KW Granite club. The minutes of the meeting can be found here

2013 Club awards

  • Carling Cup (Warm Water): Sue Pilling and Steph Romaniuk
  • All Arms Race: Al Nichols and Ken Nethercott
  • Club Championship: Bill McLaughlin
  • Wednesday Night Race Series:
    • Hugh Loughborough (June)
    • Don McKenzie (July)
    • Dwight and Pat Aplevich (August)
    • Nick Couwen (Overall)
  • Sailing School Awards:
    • White Sail (CanSail 1 – 2): Session 1 Isaac Dippel; Session 2 Luke Schmidt; Session 3 Ellie Wolfe; Overall Luke Schmidt
    •  Bronze Sail (CanSail 3 – 4): Session 1 Sally Draper; Session 2 Scottie Parker; Session 3 Keegan Poyeshi; Overall ;
  • Broken Rudder Award: Jan d’Ailly (two washes of the inside of his boat between races at the club championship)
  • Shore Captain Award: Stephen Mercer

Victor Starchuk


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Victor Starchuk, 1937 ~ 2013

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Victor, on Sunday, September 1, 2013. || Read more

posted by | Comments Off on Sailing Club and Sailing School Promotion

There are lots of ways you can help promote the sailing club and the sailing school. Over 50% of people learn about the sailing club via, word of mouth. Telling your friends and neighbours is the is the easiest way to promote the sailing club. You can also let folks know about us with these simple posters/flyers.




Club Championships


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Well with one week left of sailing school and only 7 days until the club championships regatta we still have water in the lake. The sailing school coaches have been doing a good job keeping the dock pushed out at its full length.  So let’s all take advantage of the water we have by joining in the club championship regatta. The Regatta is on the 25th and 26th of August, this coming weekend. It is a two day event that is concluded with a BBQ and corn roast on Sunday after racing. Everyone is invited to join the races and the BBQ. Even if you are not as interested in racing it is still a great day to come out and fill the lake with sails. If you are interested in coming to race and you would like crew or someone else to sail with reply and let’s put together some boats. I have spoken to a few people that would be excited to have crews to sail with.

The BBQ and corn roast is a pot luck event with the club taking care of the mains courses and the corn on the cob. If you plan on attending the BBQ please RSVP with commodore Ben so we can do some approximate planning. If folks bring along a salad and dessert for 8, everything usually works out perfectly with regards to quantities of food.

The Regatta will be Saturday (6 races) and Sunday (4 races) we are guessing the races will be a little shorter with the smaller lake. We will announce the courses and details at the Saturday morning skippers meeting 10:30. Could all the racers also RSVP early on in the week.

10:30 skippers meeting
11:00 First race
4:00 No races starts after

10:30 skippers meeting
11:00 First race
2:00 No races starts after
4:00 BBQ and Corn Roast and awards ceremony

posted by | Comments Off on Regatta Report: Sarnia Sailfest 2012

Sarnia Sailfest 2012 was intense.  A strong and steady wind from the north gave all sailors challenging conditions and great stories.  Both days the winds built to speeds in excess of 40 km/hr (21 knots) and presented two meter swells with a confused sea-state.  Only 64% of boats on Saturday and 72% of boats on Sunday finished their final races, two boats returned to SYC over land rather than by sea, and at least one Race Committee member was sick over the side of a start boat.  The Conestoga Sailing Club were represented by Bill McLaughlin in Laser, his daughter Alexandra McLaughlin in Laser Radial, and brothers Neal and Graham Moogk-Soulis in Laser 2. || Read more

Nacra Catamaran


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Announcing the new addition to the sailing school fleet this season, the Nacra 16 foot play cat. The boat is a resin hull and comes with a trapeze and a jib. The play cats are coming to the club as a part of a special program from the good people at faster boats, Ontario’s Nacra dealer. The boats will be used in the sailing school and will be available for members to try. There will be 4 boats in total and they should all have arrived at the club in early June. Conestoga will be competing in the Ontario championships with the newly founded play cat fleet in July. There will also be a play cat start line at the warm water regatta June 9th and 10th.