The Lac Deschênes Sailing Club was formed in 1966 to provide Ottawa dinghy and cat sailors a venue focused specifically on small boat sailing. A low cost volunteer organization, the club has a low-key cottage like atmosphere. Arguably the best site for sailing on this section of the river, the Lac Deschênes Sailing Club features beach launching for dry sailed dinghies and cats. Shirleys Bay provides excellent protection from the typically North West winds that come down the river, so setup and launching is convenient.
The Shirley's Bay Sailing Club merging with LDSC in 1994, enlarged the daysailing contingent with wet moored boats.
With a highly competent racing program with regular regatta schedule, and several national and international level sailors (but beginners are welcome too), plus junior and adult training programs, the club has much to offer all levels of sailors. Adult sailors are often coached one on one by volunteer club members to fast-track new members into sailing and racing. .
Social activities begin before the dock goes in and continue until after close-up. A typical season might include events such as a dessert barbecue, moonlight sail, pot luck supper, new members barbecue, sleepover for the children and pancake breakfast, and, always, the annual banquet and awards night in November.
For 40 years, sailors young and old have been chasing each other around the buoys on Wednesday evenings and Sunday afternoons. Club members run the races and are assigned two race committee duties each season.
Don't know anything about racing? The club has orientation sessions for both the race committee duties and for basic racing rules early in the season.
LSDC offers various lessons following the CanSail programme with qualified CYA-certified instructors. CanSail 1 & 2 are an introduction to boat handling, whereas CanSail 3 and 4 facilitates the mastery of the finer points of sailing.
The club boat program allows members to sail several different classes of boats without the capital cost of buying a boat. Club boat members are required to do the work needed to store and maintain the club boats, but LDSC pays for any parts or materials required.