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PHOTOS: Windsor Yacht Club Celebrates 85 Years

Sunday May 15th, 2022, 4:14pm


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The Windsor Yacht Club is celebrating its 85th anniversary and members had a celebration Sunday afternoon.

The club has its fair share of local history.

In the spring of 1938, the Canadian Power Squadron was started at the Windsor Yacht Club with G. William Bowman as its first Commander. Over the past 80 years, the Squadron has spread from Windsor across the nation and been involved locally, regionally, and nationally in providing leadership and education regarding safe boating.

During the Second World War, Yacht Club Member Harry Gignac loaned his boat to the RCMP to patrol the Detroit River from Lake St. Clair to Lake Erie, helping to keep residents safe during a time of conflict.

The Club’s first major expansion occurred after the war when in 1945 kitchen and dining facilities were added.

In 1949, the first Maple Leaf International Classic race for power boats was held. In 1972, the Canadian Club Regatta for sailboats began, with this year marking its 48th anniversary. WYC’s much-loved Spring and Fall races series attracts sailors weekly from both sides of the border.

In 1999, the clubhouse was reconstructed as it stands today. The east harbour was reopened in 2016 after a significant upgrade which allowed it to accommodate boats up to 60 feet in length.

The Club has a long tradition of welcoming boaters from around the Great Lakes and belongs to the Inter-Lake Yachting Association and the Detroit Regional Yacht-Racing Association. Despite the nautical nature of the Club, one does not need to own a boat to become a Member and enjoy the many amenities it offers.

Learn more about them on there website

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