As an early Kingston newspaper noted, the City is situated on “a magnificent sheet of water, not second to any in America for yachting purposes”. It is no wonder, then, that yachting and boating in their various forms, have been part of harbour scene for some two hundred years.
Kingston Yacht Club, as we know it now, coalesced out of mid – 1800s informal regatta associations and failed earlier attempts to form a club during that period. Kingston’s sailors did not let the absence of a club prevent them from winning prizes at events around Lake Ontario under the ad-hoc organizations of the day. Today KYC continues to have a very active Club racing program (Tuesday and Thursday evenings and most weekends), as well as vibrant Cruising, Women in Wind, Radio Controlled Boats and Adult Learn to Sail programs. The Able Sail program is also facilitated by the use of our property and resources. During the winter, KYC has enjoyed a resurgence in ice-boating, with some 15 iceboats at latest count. The Club will be again hosting a variety of regattas this summer as well – in large measure thanks to its many motivated volunteers. Come check us out!