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BYC operates both a sailing club which allows members to pursue their interest in sailing without the commitments of boat ownership (the Club), and a keelboat sailing school which offers Sail Canada and other accredited courses to new sailors and those wanting to improve and expand their sailing skills and knowledge.

BYC provides virtually unlimited sailing from early May to late September to Full members who choose to join the shared boat program.

Boat Share Mission Statement

The Barrie Yacht Club Boat share program enables sailors at all levels of experience and skill to enjoy the pleasures of the sport of sailing and to develop excellent seamanship. The mission of BYC boat share program is to:

  • Provide sailing lessons by certified instructors on boats meeting Transport Canada Safety Regulations
  • Provide members with affordable sailing opportunities on keelboats provided by the BYC
  • Promote a safe and welcoming environment to all members and students
  • Promote continuous learning in a friendly and cooperative atmosphere
keel boat from Barrie Yacht Club

Boat Share Membership Information

Members can enjoy sailing on the BYC Boat Share Program boat from early May to late September and can participate in all other BYC activities throughout the term of their membership, subject to BYC policies.

Terms and Fees

Term: Annual memberships run from Jan 1st to Dec 31 each year.

Fees: Annual Voting Member fee plus an additional $1200 plus HST for Boat Share, Program membership and a damage deposit.

If interested, please contact Membership – Join BYC

Compliance with Applicable Regulations

The following must be available for presentation by anyone taking the helm of any BYC keelboat. 

Skipper Qualifications:

  • Qualified Sail Canada Basic Cruising Standard
  • Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC), plus valid photo ID
  • VHF Restricted Operator’s Certificate (Maritime)
  • Thorough knowledge of the Member Handbook

Prerequisites to become a Skipper:

  • Must be a current Full Voting Member, either Adult or Junior (minimum age 16) or a Monthly Guests
  • Completed and passed the Sail Canada Basic Cruising  Standard
  • Demonstrate knowledge of all small boat types in the BYC fleet. 
  • Successfully completed a Skipper Checkout on a “small boat” with a Sail Canada


  • BYC Member, either Adult or Junior (minimum age 16) a Guest.
  • Completed and passed the Sail Canada Basic Cruising Standard or equivalent as judged by a Sail Canada Instructor
  • PCOC, plus valid photo ID
  • Familiar with the operation of the VHF radio for emergency calls
  • Has completed an orientation on the boat in question

Recreational Sailing Periods  for Boat Sharing

BYC’s sailing season runs from early May to late September. For Members of our boat-sharing program, there are three sailing periods to choose from each day.

*After Labour Day the afternoon session will end at 1700 hours and the evening period will commence at 1730 hours

Day of Week Sailing Periods for Boat Booking
Monday – Sunday

Morning 0900 – 1300 hours

Afternoon 1330 – 1730 hours

Evening 1800* – 2100 hours

In the normal course, boats must be booked for one sailing period at a time i.e. if a member wishes to sail on a particular boat in both the morning and afternoon time slots, the boat must return to the dock between Sailing Periods. 

keel boat on lake simcoe

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