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
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.
Compliance with Applicable Regulations
The following must be available for presentation by anyone taking the helm of any BYC keelboat.
- 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
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.