We are located in the village of Grand Bend only 45 minutes from the north end of either Sarnia or London and 2 ½ hours due west of Toronto. Grand Bend is well known as a fun and active summer vacation destination for Canadians and Americans alike.
Racing or Cruising
Racing is only part of the picture. While we encourage our members to participate in the race program, many also enjoy day sailing for a few hours of relaxation, or anchoring off the expansive sandy beaches of southern Lake Huron. Grand Bend is ideally located to begin an extended cruise to destinations like Georgian Bay, the North Channel or ports on the Michigan shore of Lake Huron. Without a doubt, Grand Bend offers direct access to some of the world’s finest cruising waters for sailors and powerboaters.
Our clubhouse provides an excellent anchor for the club’s social events. Inspired by the vintage lighthouses along the Northern Lake Huron / Georgian Bay coastlines, this wheelchair–accessible facility offers washrooms, showers and a lounge with a gas fireplace. The spacious decks are equipped with gas barbecues and have a great view of the brilliant sunsets over Lake Huron. It’s a great place to put up your feet after a race, meet other members entertain friends and bring children if the boat gets too wet or small.
A Range of Amenities
The Grand Bend area offers sandy beaches just a short walk from the clubhouse. There are a variety of restaurants, shops, supermarkets and activities for the whole family. It is all walkable. The nearby Oakwood Inn offers luxury accommodation plus golf and tennis. The Huron County Playhouse less than 5 km away is one of Canada’s most successful summer theatres with a playbill suitable for the entire family. The Pinery Provincial Park is less than 2 miles to the South. One of the unique benefits of boat ownership at Grand Bend is the opportunity to watch the annual Canada Day fireworks display from the lake.
Opportunities for New Sailors
Whether you’re 7 or 70, a novice or an old salt, there are sailing activities you can enjoy at Grand Bend. The club has organized sail training events in co-operation with the BOOM teaching program operated by the Ontario Sailing Association. Club members see these courses as a way to bring along future crew or members. Several of our boat owners are in need of additional crew from time to time. Many of the club’s current boat owners got their feet wet by sailing as crewmembers in club races.
Launch, Haulout and Storage
Each year, the club arranges for a large mobile crane to lift members’ boats into the water in late April and take them out in late October. High-pressure hull cleaning is available at haul-out. There is also a public launching ramp operated by the Town of Lambton Shores next to the clubhouse. It is ideal for dinghies or trailer sailors. Welcome Aboard!