Join The Club

Despite COVID restrictions the HBSC had a successful 2020 sailing season. We were unable to accommodate as many new members as we would like but we hope to be back to normal in 2021 and plan on opening to new members as permitted, check back here often.

We are the social club with the sailing problem!

Ever wish you had a place to go down by the bay, where you could enjoy evenings with your friends, and maybe learn to sail? We have just that! HBSC offers informal instruction every weekday evening starting around 5:30-6pm. When you join, simply pick a night that you wish to sail and then come down to the club on that evening. You will be paired up with an experienced skipper who will teach you everything you need to know to become a safe and competent sailor. Everyone learns at their own pace so lessons are planned according to your skill level. Once you become an experienced sailor you can achieve the status of skipper which gives you unlimited access to club facilities outside of regular sailing evenings and scheduled events.

The social side of HBSC is very active with regular events where you can watch the sunset while enjoying a meal by the waterfront. We have weekly gatherings in the summer months and our social team hosts large monthly events featuring live bands, great food, and a fun atmosphere.

If you are looking for something on the competitive side or just want to hone your sailing skills, we have a racing program with many regattas held throughout the season. No experience is necessary to come racing, it’s just like your regular sailing night except with a purpose!

How To Join?

**Please note, we are not currently accepting members for 2021 but will update as government restrictions are lifted**

Once you have decided to join, download the application using the link below. Fill in the details including the night you wish to sail, which type of boat you wish to sail on (see FAQ’s if undecided), and select what part of the club you wish to help out with.  Once completed, print or scan your application and send/email it to the address noted on the application form along with your cheque payable to Hamilton Bay Sailing Club or email money transfer. The 2021 membership fees are $400 for a new full member, $300 for returning Crew or First Mates, and $40 for a social member (non sailing membership). New this year, Skippers membership price has been reduced to $250.

If you would like more information or would prefer to submit your application in person you can come down to the club during one of our work nights on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the winter, or one of our info nights in the spring.  The 2020 information nights were scheduled for mid April but have been postponed indefinitely for this year. If you would like more information about the club, please contact Commodore Terry Wagg or Treasurer  Mark Simpson. Please note that our membership typically fills quickly and we cannot guarantee space.

For large boat sailors, it is Canadian law that all motorized boat operators must have a Pleasure Craft Operators Card (PCOC). Our Sirius’ have a motor and fall under this law. In keeping with this, we require all large boat sailors who wish to be on the helm of one of our Sirius’ to be in possession of a PCOC. There are many opportunities to acquire the card, both online and in person at certain stores. A quick search online will show you your options, just pick the one that suits you best. The HBSC does not offer courses related to the PCOC.

Check back in the spring of 2021 for applications

HBSC is an adult club with membership limited to those 19+.