…Membership The City of Greater Sudbury leases us the land on which the Club is situated. The members own the infrastructure, the buildings and the club boats. We maintain and upgrade the facility through our membership fees and operate on a not-for-profit basis to promote sailing.
During their first year, new members (associate members) pay the regular membership levy. In the second year, associate members need to make a one time initiation fee of $250, in addition to this regular fee to become full members of the Club. All members are expected to help with our work parties and various other projects, in order to keep our costs down, our grounds looking good and our equipment working well. It's also a great way to meet new friends.
…Guests You are encouraged to invite guests to join you for sailing or social events. If your guest enjoys the club, please urge him or her to join. The following excerpt from the Club Rules describes the guest policy:
Guests must always be accompanied by a member. In the interests of preserving the club's well being and resources, members are encouraged to urge their frequent guests to join. Members who abuse club resources by inviting too many guests too frequently may be censured at the discretion of the Board. A person's unwillingness to abide by the Board's recommendations about reasonable conduct may jeopardize the approval of his or her membership application in the following year. …Pitching in Please keep the grounds tidy. If you use the kitchen facilities or barbecues, please clean them after you have finished. If you enjoy gardening, by all means plant some flowers or water any thirsty plants. Our members have spent thousands of hours turning a rocky island into an oasis of lawns, flowers, and shady retreats. Help us to maintain the property as Sudbury's best recreational asset.
Pets are not permitted anywhere on the grounds, unless leashed to board your boat. Special exception granted for working animals.
…Safety Safety is an important priority at the Sudbury Yacht Club. The swimming area and wading pool are unsupervised, and it is the responsibility of parents to watch their children. The wading pool is cleaned each Wednesday and is normally unavailable for most of that day.
Children are not permitted on any dock or boardwalk without a life jacket. The water in Lake Ramsey is very cold, and it is extremely difficult - if not impossible - to climb out of the water on to a dock. The water from the washroom and kitchen faucets is drawn directly from the lake and is potable due to our recently installed U.V. filtration system.
No yacht club, with its parking lots, proximity to water, tripping hazards and extensive terrain, is a safe place for unsupervised play. Please impress this upon your children.
The club maintains a start boat and a fleet of rescue boats to assist during lessons and competitions. Please note, however, that we do not operate a rescue service. Vessels must be fully equipped with the appropriate safety gear, and skippers should not over-reach themselves by setting sail in conditions which exceed their capabilities. All members are urged to develop an awareness of other sailors and their whereabouts. If you are sailing off alone, it would be wise to brief someone on your destination and ETA. Please bear in mind that to be permitted on Club property, all vessels have to be insured against public liability.
Children under the age of 16 who are using the sauna must be accompanied by an adult. The sauna is electric, and no water or wet towels can be permitted to contact it. The sauna is turned off and locked by the steward at the end of his or her shift unless a Club member takes responsibility for it's use.
Please leave your car in the parking lot. Vehicles are not permitted in the dry sail area or anywhere else below the parking lot unless drivers are delivering goods to the clubhouse. If you are making a delivery, drive with extreme caution.
…Cold water precautions The Ontario Sailing Association cautions small boat sailors that the waters of Ontario are extremely cold both in the spring and fall. Many boating fatalities result from hypothermia. Every sailor should take the following precautions when heading out in cold water:
Do not sail alone. Use the buddy system or have surveillance onshore. Wear a life jacket/pfd and wetsuit. Keep an eye on the weather and the forecast. In a larger boat, consider a safety harness. Be sure to have Transport Canada approved recovery gear aboard. In the event of an emergency, call 911. VHF Channel 16 is not monitored on Lake Ramsey.
…Enjoyment There are many reasons why the Sudbury Yacht Club is an outstanding organization. Most importantly, the membership is comprised of enthusiastic sailors who love competing, socializing, and "messing around in boats."
This is, of course, a shared facility, and in order to enjoy it to the full we must cooperate respectfully. Please note the following excerpt from the Club Rules:
Appropriate Conduct: Any person who uses the club, member or guest alike, is expected to behave in a manner appropriate to a peaceful, family facility. Playing loud music, creating a disturbance, or acting in a manner hazardous to oneself or others is not permitted. Members are reminded that they are responsible for the conduct of their guests at all times.