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Our Club

We're more than a sailing club: we are a community. J-Town is what you want it to be; for some, it is an sailboat race training centre. For others, it's our weeknight watering hole and cottage by the lake. It can be both as well!

We are not a yacht club.We don't have a fancy over-priced restaurant, an on-site bar, or a pool with towel service. We dohave gourmet member-cooked meals, you can bring your own booze, and Lake Ontario is our swimming pool!!!

We pride ourselves in being Toronto's most active and friendliest sailing club. We get together for dinner parties every Wednesday night during the summer, after a social sail of course! Some of our members are incredible cooks and are kind enough to share their gourmet creations with all of us! Our annual Lobster Feast party is legendary.

We also have some of the most skilled sailors in Toronto. Toronto has the world's largest fleet of Albacore sailboats, and all the clubs race together on Friday nights. If racing is your thing, J-Town sets the bar among the Toronto Albacore community!

We hold free training sessions on Mondays, where you can learn from the best.

OUR HISTORY

St. James Town Sailing Club was created over the winter of 1967/1968 by a small group of sailors who wanted an inexpensive alternative to the established yacht clubs in Toronto. In its first season, home for almost all of the members of the club was the newly built St. James Town apartment complex. The club was backed by the St. James Town YMCA branch, both financially and by its well respected name. The club’s first fleet of Albacores (7 by the end of the season) was leased from the builder, Grampion Marine, for the sailing season. We rented space at the Toronto Island Marina, erected a small structure to serve as an equipment locker, and acquired an old 14-foot wooden boat and a 1950’s vintage five horsepower outboard motor for rescue purposes.

We were one of the original founding clubs of the Friday Night Racing program.

In 1973, the club relocated to its present site with five other clubs and formed the Outer Harbour Sailing Federation (OHSF). J-Town is located on land created from landfill and formerly owned by the Toronto Harbour Commission (THC), a joint federal-municipal government agency.

Credit: Steve Favell