The club was originally organized by local cottagers who were dedicated sailors and enjoyed friendly competition. The first trophy, the Frank Shannon, was presented in 1951 and the club has continued to thrive ever since.
Our members come from the very active cottage community where boating is one of the most popular summer activities. Our current membership of 40 families enjoy biweekly races, the junior sailing program, special events, and the parties.
The fleet has traditionally been split between Lasers and Albacores, which are the two most popular classes of sailboats on the lake but we now have several Hobie catamarans in the club. However all classes of boats are welcome to, and do, race with us.
Balsam Lake Sailing club does not have its own premises and the club is run by volunteers with all of the social activities and the junior program hosted by members at their cottages.
Where We Are
Balsam Lake is located in Central Ontario near the western end of the Kawartha Lakes. It is a 30 minute drive directly east of Lake Simcoe and a 90 minute drive northeast of Toronto.
Our races are normally held in the most open area of the lake west of Grand Island and just nort of West Bay. The actual location varies depending on the wind and water conditions, but the course is laid out well in advance of race time with big orange markers making us easy to find. Sailors need to show up ready to go at race time.
Our social events are held at the cottages of club members so the locations change. If you are unsure of a specific event contact a club executive for details.