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The mission of the Barrie Yacht Club (BYC) is to provide a safe, family-friendly environment that encourages the sport of sailing through skills development, education, competition and fellowship.

The Barrie Yacht Club was established in 1952 as a “Not for Profit Social Club” by a group of local Barrie sailors who wanted to create a venue where like-minded people could get together to enjoy the sport of sailing. Their goals were to encourage sailboat building, sailing among amateurs, racing, water safety and fellowship. The club’s early history is documented in the History of the Barrie Yacht Club – The First Twenty Years authored by Daphne Stock (2017).

Other than boat building the goals of the Club have remained the same over the years. Through the efforts of our members, the harbour, property, and clubhouse have undergone many improvements over time. The BYC has evolved from a basic sailing spot to a modern yacht club in the heart of a growing and prosperous City.

The Club is home to 200 members, including Olympic medalists and hopefuls, and outstanding boaters of all types and all ages. The Club offers seasonal activities for its membership. We are recognized as a leader in sailing education, with the largest sailing school on Lake Simcoe.

Members and crew enjoy a weekly racing series, club regattas and other interclub regattas through our partnership with the Lake Simcoe Interclub Series (LSIS). Through our membership in our governing bodies Ontario Sailing and Sail Canada, members enjoy reciprocal privileges around the world. The BYC also welcomes visiting sailors through our reciprocal agreement.

The BYC is, and always has been, a volunteer-based organization where members manage the ongoing operation of the Club. While all members initially joined the club to spend time on the water, we have also discovered an extended family on the docks and the clubhouse grounds. By working together, our members appreciate and maintain this exceptional sailing venue.

The BYC is proud of its sailing heritage and its continued commitment to sailing fun and fellowship for the enjoyment of all members. There are always plenty of experienced members on hand who have tremendous experience to share. We help each other and educate each other, be it in the harbour, on the racecourse or going for a leisurely cruise.

The club is a great place to expand your knowledge of sailing and seamanship, in a safe and supportive environment. Come enjoy our beautiful waterfront, our boats, and each other’s company.

Club House

The facilities include a club house with a great room for members and guests, with a large kitchen, a licensed bar and patio. The great room is available for members to rent and is open for Wednesday night races and special occasions. There are also washrooms with hot showers and wireless internet reception is available anywhere at the club. Lockers are available for members to rent.

Racks are provided for members to safely store their recreational equipment.

Members are welcome to bring down picnic dinners, or use our BBQs.

Social events happen throughout the sailing season.


The BYC Harbour has 75 slips for boats up to a maximum of 33 feet with an average water depth of 5.5 feet or 1.68 metres.  The majority of the fleet is 20 to 25 feet. There are water and power outlets at the docks. Members can use the on-site crane and mast crane. 

Dry Sail

The Club also has a limited Dry Sail area storage for keelboats on trailers, catamarans, boats on a dolly, lasers, dinghies, and other watercraft. 

Winter Storage

The club offers a limited amount of winter storage in the parking lot for boats on cradles and trailers. Lift-in and out is coordinated by members with the help of a rented crane to facilitate the movement of boats into cradles and trailers.

Beach and Grounds

The ideal place to spend a sunny day or an evening on Kempenfelt Bay. A private beach with a beautiful shallow sandy beach that gradually gets deeper as you go further in.  Lawn chairs and loungers are provided with picnic tables nearby.

We have limited parking on site for members with the city parking lot steps away for overflow parking. The grounds have a keyless entry gate and security cameras.  

A grocery store, beer store and restaurants are located within walking distance of our club.

Executive Directory
Committees and Contacts

Lisa Girard, Commodore

Tim Cane, Vice Commodore

Ash Cond, Rear Commodore

Michal Tomaszewski, Dry Sail

Marina Whelan, Secretary

Phil Von Kauffman, Communications

Stephen Volkmann, Property

Ken Brake, Harbour

Paul Taylor, Entertainment 

Sam Bussin, Regatta

Michael Waterhouse, Treasurer

Bruce McCallum, Membership

Marc Hill, Past Commodore

Committees + Contacts


Kevin Lee, Keelboat Training Director,

Cathy Cudmore, Race Team Director 

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