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CYC was formed in 1964 by local men and women, with a mission to provide boaters and visitors with a place to gather and share their love of sailing. As the membership grew, improvements were made to the first clubhouse. In the early 1980’s, with an increased interest in boating and a change in the purpose of the harbour area from industrial to pleasure, plans were made to build a new clubhouse. Together with a BILD grant, donations and hours of CYC member volunteer work, the current clubhouse behind the marina was completed. The original clubhouse continues to be a sailing centre for the sailing school and centreboard craft.

In 1985 CYC donated the new clubhouse to the Town of Cobourg in exchange for a long-term lease for nominal consideration. Pursuant to the lease CYC pays all “taxes, costs, expenses and obligations” related to the occupancy of the leased premises. Building improvements and maintenance and repairs have been paid for by CYC since 1985. All the property in front of and around the clubhouse belongs to the marina, not the club and the club does not own any docks. Members who keep their boats at the marina, pay the marina full fees.

As Cobourg Harbour developed and the marina grew, it required lift-in, lift-out services for their customers. CYC stepped up to provide this service on a volunteer basis for all marina customers.  Two years ago, the marina took charge of the lift-in process but CYC continues to provide all the volunteer lifting services. Members who have their boats lifted pay the marina in addition to volunteering. The Club feels it has a responsibility to the Marina and continues to work collaboratively with them.

CYC is not involved in the day to day operations of the marina. The Cobourg Marina allocates slips to boaters, sets all boating fees such as summer slips and winter storage fees and runs the gas dock. The Town owns the boat storage yard which can accommodate approximately 50 boats offering winter paid storage.

The Club is an active participant in the Parks and Recreation Committee. We recognize the importance of collaborating with all stakeholders who use our beautiful harbour.  As our town has grown, we see more and more usage. With safety as the forefront issue, we have and will continue to involve ourselves with the planning and development of its resource.

Cobourg Yacht Club is not a private club, it is a not-for-profit organization that is entirely self-funded by its members.  There are no restrictions to becoming a member at CYC, it is inclusive and open to all. The membership is comprised of people with boats in Cobourg Marina, members with boats stored and launched from the club’s yard, members with boats elsewhere and associate members who do not own a boat.

CYC is an active organization and the buildings are used year round. The clubhouse can and is leased by non-members for meetings or social events. CYC also opens their facility to other waterfront user clubs. Many non-member local residents, visiting boaters and tourists enjoy the club facilities. Club visitors also help support local businesses during their stay in Cobourg.

The club has run a long-standing Junior Learn-to-Sail School complying with ‘Ontario Sail’ training regulations. Every year the club membership funds scholarships for youth in need. Volunteer members contribute many hours to ensure young people experience the excitement of learning to sail. Students develop numerous new skills in these programs and often develop a lifelong love of the water. The club also offers a variety of learn-to-sail programs and sailing education for adults. Sailing and boating courses run throughout the year.

As the current Commodore, I invite you to come down to our club on a Friday night and talk to us about what we offer. We would love to have you join us and learn more about what CYC does and can do for you.

Monica Sheridan
CYC Commodore