Membership signup is now open and available at this link.
*** COVID Update May 22th***
- Grounds are now open. You may bring your boat down but please stay outside and physical distance of 2m.
- Picnic tables and chairs. These are not cleaned. Please wash your hands before and after use.
- Winch. This is not cleaned. Please wash your hands before and after use.
- Washrooms are open, on an increased cleaning schedule.
- Club boats are open, read the club boat COVID clean policy under FAQ/Policies section
In order to act consistently with the direction and intent of the Province, and City of Ottawa Public Health this is a list of what is closed and not accessible: Clubhouse, play structures, BBQ.
**** End COVID 19 Update ***
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 2020:
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.
CANSail 1 and CANSail 2: Fundamental Skill Acquisition
Ages: 7 and older
- from 29 June to 3 July (no camp on 1 July)
- from 6 July to 10 July
- from 27 July to 31 July
CANSail 3 and CANSail 4: Fundamental Skill Consolidation
Ages: 11 and older
- from 13 July to 24 July (weekdays only)
ADULT TRAINING (evenings)
CANSail 1 and CANSail 2: Acquisition of fundamental skills
- Mondays and Fridays, June 1-26 inclusive, 6-9pm.
- Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 2-25 inclusive, 6-9pm.
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.
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.
Read More for COVID-19: LDSC Club Boat Code of Conduct
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!
For 40 years, sailors young and old have been chasing each other around the buoys on Wednesday evenings and Sunday afternoons. Be warned. Racing is addictive as well as being a sure-fire way of developing sailing and boat-handling skills. In addition, the Club usually hosts at least one Regatta during the 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.
Club member volunteers run the races. Racing program participants are asked to fulfill race committee duties at two racing events each season.