Canadian Yachting June 2015 - (Page 18)

CLUB PROFILE Sarnia Yacht Club A History of Accomplishment Clubhouse looking NW across the basin. By Katherine Stone Photos courtesy of Sarnia Yacht Club he Three Fires Confederacy (Potowatami, Ottawa, and Ojibwa Clans) welcomed La Salle in 1679 when he sailed into Lake Huron. Already established as the Hub of the Great Lakes, they helped to create a center of trade and culture with the French in the village of "The Rapids" after the War of 1812. By 1836 the town was renamed Port Sarnia and incorporated in 1856. With the natural wealth of abundant timber, the discovery of oil, and the arrival of the Great Western and Grand Trunk Railways, Port Sarnia grew to become the City of Sarnia at the beginning of WWI. It was now a significant transshipment port for western grain and, with the establishment of the Polymer Corporation to manufacture synthetic rubber during WWII, it was now a major petrochemical centre. Located on the eastern shore of Lake Huron, at its most southern point, the Blue Water Bridge links Sarnia with Port Huron, Michigan and spans the St. Clair River which connects Lake Huron and Lake St. Clair, both ideal areas for water enthusiasts. Although we're talking SOUTHERN Ontario, it's still Canada, so you can be sure that in 1910 "Old Man Winter's best efforts did not deter these hard water sailors from racing and attracting fans from both sides of the water [ice]. Betting was commonplace, with wagers posted as high as $200." Well, you had to have something to do in the winter! From the SYC publication "A History of Accomplishment", T 18 Canadian Yachting we now see the beginnings of the Sarnia Yacht Club, founded in 1930, where the 115 members built docks and used the old tennis building from the City Parks Department at the end of London Road in Sarnia Bay for their first location. But by 1932 they were forced to move again, leasing land from the Dominion Salt Company at the end of Exmouth Street. The enterprising members again built new docks and refurbished a donated clubhouse. SYC Basin June 1955 from Sarnia Observer. JUNE 2015

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Canadian Yachting June 2015

Vantage Point: Introduce a Friend to Boating
Waterfront: Cold Water Awareness, Easter Seals Regatta, Ask the Experts
Club Profile: Sarnia Yacht Club
Galley Guys - Cobourg Stroll
Fitness On Board Series: Part 1
Feature: Summer Antique Boat Shows and Marine Museums
Destination: Port Dover: Bikes, Perch and Dogs
Port Hole
Sail Review: Marlow-Hunter 37
Power Review: Azimut Magellano 43
Crossing the Line: Everything Old is New Again

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