Due to the provincial regulations related to the “Stay-At-Home” order (updated April 17, 2021), the sailing club is temporarily closed, until further notice. This includes the club house as well as the club grounds. You, the club, and the club officers could face potential penalties for violation. The situation is fluid and could change at any time.
Important notes from April 18, 2021:
Fire ban in effect. No fires please.
Water levels are low for this time of year but expect levels to rise.
The water is dangerously cold. You risk hypothermia if immersed.
The following safety-related documents were presented at the Spring 2021 general meeting:
- Safety and you 2021 - the essentials
- Procedure - On-the-Water Rescues
- Rules & Regs - Keel Boat Owners
You also need to be aware of the Transport Canada Safe Boating Guide.
Please take the time to review these items.
Registration for youth and adult sailing lessons is now open. See Youth and Adult Sailing Lessons for details.
Established in 1966 to provide dinghy and cat sailors in the Ottawa region a venue for small boat sailing, the Lac Deschênes Sailing Club (LDSC) is a not-for-profit volunteer organization that offers a unique sailing experience and a family friendly, cottage atmosphere. Today, the Club features beach launching for dry sailed dinghies and cats as well as wet moorings for 22 keel boats.
Nestled in Shirleys Bay, the Club offers superb sailing conditions and protection from the typically northwest winds that come down the Ottawa River. Setup and launching is convenient and comfortable.
LDSC has much to offer all levels of sailors – ranging from kids sail camp to junior and adult training programs. We offer professional sailing programs with dedicated instructors who provide instruction from beginner through to advanced levels. Adults are often coached one on one by volunteer club members to fast-track new members into sailing and racing.
With access to all club facilities, including the clubhouse, the boat launch, the tender storage space, the mooring field, plus a robust social program and guest privileges our members also receive discounts from club facility rates and our junior learn to sail program. Another member benefit includes reciprocal inter-club privaleges with the Nepean Sailing Club and the Britannia Yacht Club.
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, family sleepover and pancake breakfast, and, always, the annual banquet and awards night in the Fall. More details to come!
The club offers a unique sailing training program for both adults and youths. It’s like learning to sail at the cottage! Our grounds have many trees that provide shade and lawns that reach to a stone beach - it’s a great place to complement your lessons with a family picnic.
Club membership discounts for sail training are available to you if you decide to join after your training.
The following training is offered in 2021:
YOUTH DAY CAMP (Monday to Friday)
A fun program giving an introduction to sailing using Laser sail boats following Sail Canada's CANSail 1 and 2 or 3 and 4 curriculum. Program runs 9am to 4pm. Drop off at 8:45, pickup by 4:30. These lessons will be delivered using Laser sail boats. We have small class sizes.
Students in CanSail 1 and 2 classes will be sailing with another student on a Laser. Depending on student ability and comfort level, and the sailing conditions on a given day, it may not be possible to maintain the same sailing partner throughout the lessons. If two students make a request to be placed on the same boat, this request will be honoured as long as all safety standards can be maintained.
Students in CanSail 3 and 4 usually graduate to sailing Lasers single handed.
CANSail 1 and CANSail 2: Fundamental Skill Acquisition
Ages: 8 and older
- from 28 June to 2 July (no camp on 1 July)
- from 5 July to 9 July
- from 26 July to 30 July
CANSail 3 and CANSail 4: Fundamental Skill Consolidation
Ages: 11 and older
- from 12 July to 23 July (weekdays only)
ADULT TRAINING (evenings)
CANSail 1 and CANSail 2: Acquisition of fundamental skills
- Mondays and Fridays, May 31 to June 25 inclusive, 6-9pm.
- Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 1-24 inclusive, 6-9pm.
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.
Lac Deschenes Sailing Club owns twenty sailboats. These club boats are ten Lasers, three OpenBics, one Wayfarer, four Hobie Waves, one CL16 and an Albacore. The Lasers are rigged with regular laser sails. In addition, two radial sails with spars and two 4.7 sails with spars are available for lighter sailors. Club Boat Members have access to these boats throughout the season. They can cruise or race with them as an owner would. In addition to club boat access fees, Club Boat Members are required to do the work needed to store and maintain the boats. LDSC pays for any parts or materials required. LDSC Club Boat Membership is a great way to start sailing or to expand your sailing experience.
See the LDSC Club Boat COVID Code of Conduct for requirements around club boat use during COVID.
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