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CLUB PROFILE

Sidney North
Saanich Yacht Club

By Katherine Stone

Great half model highlights the clubhouse outside wall.
Photo: John Philion

T

he east coast of Vancouver Island has long been
extoled for its flora and fauna beauty as well as
excellent boating waters from the time of the early
Native Canadians to modern day. Following the glacier melt,
the vegetation returned attracting large herds of mammoths
and giant bison. Looking to the herds for food, the Coastal
Saalish people arrived and then stayed discovering other food
sources in abundance such as shellfish and salmon. The
Saalish were a loose grouping of many tribes with distinct cultures and languages. Spaniard Francisco de Eliza first crudely
charted the waters in 1791. With the establishment of HBC
Fort Victoria in the 1840s, the Europeans started to arrive in
earnest and set down roots.
The North Saanich peninsula makes no exception to the
beauty in the eye of the beholder. Located approximately 25 km
north of the capital city of Victoria it is surrounded on three
sides by 20km of ocean shoreline with rural farmlands, residential areas, the Victoria International Airport and the Swartz Bay
Ferry Terminal. It also surrounds two First Nations reserves.
Although the town of North Saanich was incorporated in 1905
it was dissolved six years later due to lack of population and solid
tax base. 10,000 military personnel arrived in the area in the
1940s which finally boosted the population enough that the
town was re-incorporated in 1965.
Up to this point many a boat cruised the area from gunk hole
to gunk hole enjoying the serenity and beauty of the small, protected areas in the Gulf Islands and the San Juans. So was the
case with a small group of boaters who set out to enjoy a spurof-the-moment Easter cruise. As is so true after a great cruise,
no one wants to go home and return to the marina where no one

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saw anyone. Although they all raced, they never saw one another
except occasionally at the Awards Night. As Margaret Ibbotson
recounted someone saying, "Wouldn't it be great to have a yacht
club in Sidney... Why didn't WE start one? It was 'put up or
shut up' time. We decided to have our first 'shall we have a yacht
club' planning committee meeting at our [Peter and Margaret
Ibbotson] house shortly afterwards."
After the dining room table meeting, it was decided to put an
ad in the paper to see if anyone else was interested in the same
idea. A small room was secured at the local Travelodge to handle
50 people. The only problem was that close to 200 showed up!
At the second meeting, if you put your $5 on the table you could
be a member of the Sidney Yacht Club, which is what it was
called in the beginning. In just five short months By Laws, a
Constitution and Annual General Meeting all happened with
initiation and annual dues each set at $75. In short order with
dogged determination and silver tongues, Don Wilson and Bill
Shaw negotiated a home for the newly formed yacht club. The
North Saanich Council approved the use of the McClure style
house at Bosun's Marina on September 21, 1981 for their clubhouse. Members soon got to work on submissions for a club
burgee. Kerry Stevenson won out with her design as she, "Chose
the green to represent North Saanich colours of green and gold
and the town of Sidney's colours which were blue and white.
The design was created to represent the green for the land. The
lazy 'S', in white, represented the shoreline, as well as for the
Sidney Yacht Club and the blue represented the water."
From the outset, this club was set on a course of accessibility

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Canadian Yachting June 2017

Vantage Point: A “Flare” for Safety
Club Profile: Sidney North Saanich Yacht Club
Pacific Northwest Classic: Southern Straits Race - For the last 49 years, the West Vancouver Yacht Club has proudly hosted the Annual Southern Straits Race. Known for offering challenging conditions, this Pacific Northwest classic is a proud qualifying event for both the VanIsle 360 and Vic-Maui Yacht Race. This year, Canadian Yachting magazine’s Bob Nicoll sailed on one of the 82 boats that competed. By Bob Nicoll
Canadian Boatbuilder Profile: Modernizing Tradition at Rossiter Boats - The history of Rossiter Boats is one that combines passion, fostering of tradition, and an eye towards the future. It all started 40 years ago with 19-year-old George Rossiter repairing the wooden canoe of a fellow cottager on Go Home Bay. Now Rossiter is perhaps Canada’s fastest-growing boatbuilder. By Kate Fincham
Cruising Technology: Staying Connected - Your summer cruise may be a vacation, but a pretty sizeable percentage of boat owners do want to keep in contact, whether for business or family reasons. In the not too distant past it was a big deal to clear your responsibilities and be able to take off for even a few weeks. However, connectivity for the average boater is improving and within the financial reach of most. By Glen Cairns
The Port Hole
Sail Review: Jeanneau 51 Yacht
Power Review: Leader 33
Trailering Part 3: Trailer Maintenance - Towing the Trailer, and Launching and Retrieving the Boat. The third and final article in our three-part series of important and useful information to help our readers travel with their boats on vacations, fishing trips or to regattas. Go safely this summer! By John Gullick
Crossing the Line: Boat or Reality – Take this simple test
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Canadian Yachting June 2017 - Vantage Point: A “Flare” for Safety
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Canadian Yachting June 2017 - Club Profile: Sidney North Saanich Yacht Club
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Canadian Yachting June 2017 - Pacific Northwest Classic: Southern Straits Race - For the last 49 years, the West Vancouver Yacht Club has proudly hosted the Annual Southern Straits Race. Known for offering challenging conditions, this Pacific Northwest classic is a proud qualifying event for both the VanIsle 360 and Vic-Maui Yacht Race. This year, Canadian Yachting magazine’s Bob Nicoll sailed on one of the 82 boats that competed. By Bob Nicoll
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Canadian Yachting June 2017 - Canadian Boatbuilder Profile: Modernizing Tradition at Rossiter Boats - The history of Rossiter Boats is one that combines passion, fostering of tradition, and an eye towards the future. It all started 40 years ago with 19-year-old George Rossiter repairing the wooden canoe of a fellow cottager on Go Home Bay. Now Rossiter is perhaps Canada’s fastest-growing boatbuilder. By Kate Fincham
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Canadian Yachting June 2017 - Cruising Technology: Staying Connected - Your summer cruise may be a vacation, but a pretty sizeable percentage of boat owners do want to keep in contact, whether for business or family reasons. In the not too distant past it was a big deal to clear your responsibilities and be able to take off for even a few weeks. However, connectivity for the average boater is improving and within the financial reach of most. By Glen Cairns
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Canadian Yachting June 2017 - Sail Review: Jeanneau 51 Yacht
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Canadian Yachting June 2017 - Power Review: Leader 33
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Canadian Yachting June 2017 - Trailering Part 3: Trailer Maintenance - Towing the Trailer, and Launching and Retrieving the Boat. The third and final article in our three-part series of important and useful information to help our readers travel with their boats on vacations, fishing trips or to regattas. Go safely this summer! By John Gullick
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