Nepean Sailing Club
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|Purpose||advocate and public voice, educator and network for recreational and competitive sailors, coaches, volunteers and events|
|Affiliations||Canadian Canoe Association, Advantage Boating; Britannia Yacht Club.|
The Nepean Sailing Club (NSC) is located on Lac Deschênes in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. The club is based in Dick Bell Park, along Carling Avenue, adjacent to Andrew Haydon Park in the former city of Nepean.
The club was officially opened on July 29, 1979 with an initial membership of 350. Construction on the original 300 metre breakwater was completed by 1983. Griffiths Rankin Cook Architects won an architectural award in 1990 for the design of the main clubhouse.
The main areas include hand and vehicle launch ramps; green and blue gazebos; Clubhouse, Registration, Office and Washrooms; youth sailing pavilion, first aid, washrooms, changing facility; wheelchair pathway; parking and dock access.
Life at the Club
Membership today is almost 1900 members. The club maintains its emphasis on sailing. The club has floating dock facilities for over 420 boats. The club also maintains an active dry sail program for day-sailing.
The sailing season extends from mid-April to late October. Sail training programs are active during the summer months for both youth and adults.
Every year the club hosts sailing regattas that attract sailors from across Canada and internationally. The local racing scene consists of fleet, PY and PHRF races on an almost daily basis along with special racing events on weekends throughout the season. Many racing events are held in cooperation with the nearby Britannia Yacht Club (BYC) and Club de Voile Grande-Rivière (CVGR).
Mondays typically see the women's racing. Tuesdays are PHRF. Wednesdays see 5o5s, Lasers racing one design, catamarans, and Albacores and Fireballs combining for handicap racing. Thursdays see C&C27s, Tanzer 22s, and Sharks race one design, J24s and Kirby 25s racing level, with three fleets of JAM (jib and main) racing PHRF. A distance race or regatta can be observed almost every weekend.
The Nepean Sailing Club also maintains an active Able-Sail program with several Martin 16 boats, wheel-chair access, and an active team of volunteers who escort the boats.
A number of trophies and awards are presented for evening and series events in addition to the trophies listed in Special events. The aggregate trophies awarded on basis of points earned in evening and weekend events include the Nautilus Trophy, Journal Trophy, Kelpie Cup, C&C 27 Overall Champion, and Jam Dish. Interclub awards are scored for series racing: The Chandlery Cup, Kirby 25 Best Performance Trophy, Authentic Yachts Trophy, NSC Beagle Bown, and Keepers.
Evening Series Calendar
Mondays typically see the women's PHRF racing and the skiffs and Lasers racing. Tuesdays are PHRF keelboats. Wednesdays see 5o5s, Lasers racing one design, catamarans, and Albacores and Fireballs combining for handicap racing. Thursdays see C&C27s, Tanzer 22s, Sharks, Mirage 24s race one design with three fleets of jib and main (JAM) racing PHRF. NSC has a racing program involving both (PHRF and JAM fleets). NSC fields teams to compete against other clubs in team racing. BYC has a regular weekday evening racing schedule and a weekend racing schedule organized by the membership. Members of the NSC High Performance Team have the opportunity to learn what it is like to compete against the best in the world, and the experience they gain at races and regattas will certainly help them as they progress in their sailing careers.
|Mondays||Women's PHRF (skippered & crewed by women)||Series I (8 Races) & II (8 Races)||The Chandlery Cup, keepers|
|Tuesdays||PHRF Keelboats||Spring Series (7 race nights), Summer Series (7 race nights), Fall series (7 race nights)||Keepers, Sugar Bowl, J.G. Hickson Memorial, B Fleet Trophy,|
|Wednesdays||BYC One-design Dinghy and Sailboard||Spring Series (7 race nights), Summer Series (7 race nights), Fall series (7 race nights)||The Don Martin Trophy, Nautilus Trophy, Keepers|
|Wednesdays||NSC One-Design Dinghy, Catamaran, Handicap Dinghy||Spring Series (7 race nights), Summer Series (7 race nights), Fall series (7 race nights)||Keepers|
|Thursdays||One-design Keelboats||Spring Series (7 race nights), Summer Series (7 race nights), Fall series (7 race nights)||Keepers|
|Thursdays||PHRF JAM Fleets||Spring Series (7 race nights), Summer Series (7 race nights), Fall series (7 race nights)||Spring/Summer Series Trophy, Sugar Bowl, Shark Aggregate Trophy, Yuile Around the Buoys, Keepers|
|Sundays||Frostbite Series - PHRF Keelboat & PFRF Keelboat & PHRF JAM & Skiffs||October (6 races, 2 per day)||Keepers|
Weekend and Special Events
A distance race or regatta can be observed almost every weekend. Some events are open to any member of a club of the Canadian Yachting Association. Some events are interclub, which means that boats from all sailing clubs on Lac Deschênes may participate. Many racing events are held in cooperation with the nearby Britannia Yacht Club and Club de voile Grande-Rivière. BYC & NSC have a schedule of cruising and day sailing events organized by the membership for fun, as memorials for members who serve in the Canadian Forces, and as fundraisers for local charities.
|May||Singlehanded Regatta - PRF & Sharks||BYC||The Great BYC Challenge Cup & Ragtime Trophy|
|May||Shorey Race||BYC||Constance Shorey Memorial Trophy, Corinthian Trophy, Marina Trophy, Victoria Trophy, Keepers|
|May||Spring 50 Mile Race||BYC||Artemis Trophy, Blue-Bell Trophy, Keepers|
|June||Pinhey's Point Race -ILD Race||BYC||BYC Fleet Trophy, Edwin L. Brittain Trophy, Vice Commodore's Trophy, L.S. Sherwood Tray, Forrest Tray, Evening Citizen Trophy, Director's Trophy, Keepers|
|June||MacGregor Venture Rendezvous (fun)||NSC||N/A|
|June||Jefferson Pursuit Race||BYC||pursuit race where the slowest boats start before the fastests boats|
|June||NSC One-Design Regatta, Capital City Sharp Regatta||NSC||Keepers|
|July||Canada Day Cup & Saucer Race (fun)||BYC||N/A|
|July||Hinterhoeller Regatta||BYC||Hinterhoeller Trophy|
|July||Pinhey's Point Race -ILD Race||NSC||Nautilus Trophy, Keepers|
|July||Up-river Sail & Raft-up||NSC||N/A|
|July||Quyon Race||BYC||Quyon Cup, Eun Na Mara, Oldest Boat, Quyon Open, W.L. Donnelly Memorial Trophy, Shark Trophy, B.B.C. Trophy, Quyon Trophy|
|July||Homeward Bound Race||BYC||Homeward Bound Trophy, The Tony Lawson Trophy, Keepers|
|July||BYC Cruise Week||BYC||N/A|
|July||National Capital Cup (Martins)||NSC||restricted to sailors with disabilities|
|July||Easter Seal Regatta (fun)||BYC/NSC||charity regatta to raise funds for Easter Seals (Canada) Easter Seals Society of Ottawa-Carleton|
|July||Don Hewett Memorial Regatta (juniors)||BYC||Don Hewitt Memorial Trophy|
|July||Joint Mohr Island Race - ILD Race||BYC||Craig Trophy, Negark Handicap Trophy, Shark Trophy, Thunderbird Trophy, Cook Trophy, Keepers, Scott's Restaurant Co Trophy, Lone Ranger Cup, MacDonald Plaque, Keepers|
|July||Ian Meller Memorial Regatta||BYC||The Ian Meller Memorial Trophy|
|July||Baskin's Odd Couple Race||BYC||Brule Bucket, Corrected Time Trophy, Karisa Trophy, Aston Jug|
|August||Baskin's Weekend & Baskin's Beach BBQ||BYC||N/A|
|August||Stan Carsons Memorial C&C Regatta||BYC||Special instructions issued|
|August||O'Pen Bic UNregatta||NSC||For junior racers.|
|August||National Capital Regatta||BYC||Reid & Pattee Trophy, Caveat Cup, Molson Award, Skene Trophy, The Bucket, Carl Strike Memorial Trophy, Yuile Award, BYC Y-Flyer NCR Trophy, Keepers|
|August||Joint Stony Point Race- ILD Race||NSC||Evans and Kert Trophy, Shark Trophy, SK Trophy, Keepers|
|August||Midnight Madness (fun)||NSC||After Hours Bowl, Keepers|
|August||NSC Harbourmaster's Race/BBQ (Fun)||NSC||Harbour Master's Bowl, Keepers|
|September||Armitage Race / Baskin's Weekend/Cornboil||BYC||Lt. Col C.E. Long Trophy, Hanseat Trophy, M. Norman Trophy, Calypso Bucket, Keepers|
|September||100 Mile Race||BYC||Firecracker Cup, Stage 1 trophy, Keepers|
|September||BYC Sailboard Open Regatta||BYC||Keepers|
|September||Fanfare Regatta - 505 Fleet 4 Regatta||NSC||505 Fleet 4 Trophy, Keepers|
|September||Single-handed Keelboat Race||NSC||Whippet Cup, Ottobahn Trophy, Keepers|
|September||Queen's Park Race -ILD Race||BYC||D.P. Wadell Trophy, Pritchard & Andrews Co. Trophy, Queen's Park Trophy, Shark Trophy, T. Appleton Trophy, Queen's Park Race Trophy, Keepers|
|September||Fall 50 Mile Race||BYC||Miss Peggy Trophy, Robin Hood Trophy, The Rhodes Cup, The Joan W Woods Memorial, Keepers|
|September||Nepean Cup Match Race||NSC||Special instructions will be issued|
|October||20 Mile Trophy Race -ILD Race||NSC||Brule Bowl, Keepers|
|October||BYC Club Championships||BYC|
|October||Turkey Trot (fun)||NSC||Leon's TV Trophy, Keepers|
|October||Frostbite Race (fun)||BYC||Molson Frostbite Trophy|
|November||Remembrance Day Regatta (fun)||BYC||Remembrance Day Regatta Trophy|
Nepean Sailing Club also features a restaurant named "The Galley". It is open to the public, and features a patio overlooking the harbour. The Galley can be found on the upper floor of the clubhouse, and has a large room that can be rented for events.
For birdwatchers, species in or passing through the area include Arctic tern, black tern, New World blackbirds, black brant, Canada geese, common goldeneye, common merganser, common tern, double-crested cormorants, great blue heron, green-winged teal, gulls, killdeer, northern pintails, rails, red-throated loon, ring-billed gull, songbirds, spotted sandpiper, swallows, loggerhead shrike, least bittern, and wood ducks. The fish species in the Ottawa River near BYC include brown trout, small mouth bass and walleye. The reptiles, amphibians, and salamanders include American eels, American ginseng, American bullfrog, green frog, mudpuppy, painted turtles, snapping turtles, spotted turtle, and spring peeper. The mammals in the area include beaver, coyotes, eastern chipmunks, mink, muskrat, otter, porcupine, raccoons, red foxes, red squirrels, and woodchucks.
As a Provincial Training Centre for 2012, NSC supports the training of Athletes at the Olympic level. As a Development Training Centre for 2012, NSC supports the training of Athletes from the Grassroots to the National Team Level and supports the development of Coaches from Level 1 (CANSail 1&2) to Level 4-5.
The Britannia Yacht Club is developing a joint marketing campaign with the Nepean Sailing Club to increase awareness of recreational and competitive sailing in Ottawa.
Through Advantage Boating, there are adult and children`s Learn to Sail Programs.
Media related to Nepean Sailing Club at Wikimedia Commons
- Nepean Sailing Club
- Advantage Boating
- Take a Virtual Cruise on the Ottawa River
- Bytown Brigantine, Black Jack
- Britannia-Rideau Power and Sail Squadron
- NSC slideshow on Flickr
- Nepean Sailing Club on YouTube