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Britannia Yacht Club offers a range of programs that cater to the full range of sailing interests, abilities and age groups.

Most boat owners prefer pleasure sailing and cruising along the 45 km of Ottawa River directly accesssible from the club.

For those who like the challenges and camaraderie of racing keel boats, dinghies or sailboards, BYC holds weeknight and weekend racing throughout the sailing season.

BYC offers its nationally acclaimed Junior Club Learn to Sail program for children and teenagers from June through August. Adult learn to sail programs are offered in partnership with Advantage Boating (formerly Ottawa Sailing School) on both keel boats and dinghies.

For those who want to sail but do not own a boat, there are opportunities through our Crew Bank or Advantage Boating's Sail Share program.

Latest News... (Upated Tuesday Aug. 14, 2018)

IMPORTANT: The BYC Club Championship is being postponed from Saturday July 28, 2018 to Saturday September 22nd, 2018 based on competitor and boat availability.  We look forward to seeing all of you there!

Stan Carson Memorial Family Regatta (FUN) is on Saturday August 18, 2018, Skippers meeting at 1000 hours.  

Women’s Interclub Up-River Race (NOR) is on Sunday August 19, 2018, WARNING at 1400 hours (BYC SIs).  - UPDATED

Queens Park Series Race #2 (ILD) is on Sunday August  26, 2018, WARNING at 1330 hours.  Please see the BYC Sailing Instructions for the Special Saliing Instructions (BYC SIs).

Armitage Race is on Saturday September 1, 2018, WARNING at 1100 hours.  Please see the BYC Sailing Instructions for the Special Saliing Instructions (BYC SIs)- UPDATED

Racing is underway!  Come join the fun!

2018 BYC Sailing Instructions have been ammended as of June 23, 2018 and July 3, 2018.

The Interclub weeknight racing has started! 
IMPORTANT:  If you have not done so already, please ensure you register to race at least 48 hours prior to your first race.  Not registering 48 hours before will result in an NR as your results
Racing at BYC

Please see the BYC Racing Schedule for a complete list of race dates.

We offer racing programs for keelboats, dinghies and sailboards. Several options are available in what is the most popular activity at the club. Some races are run in conjunction with other clubs on the lake.


BYC enjoys an international reputation for running high-quality regattas. Our members include qualified regatta organizers, race committee experts, judges and social conveners. Each year we host the National Capital Regatta, now in its 50th year. Last year more than 200 boats competed. We are also represented at many out of town events.

Special Events

BYC coordinates a number of social, fun and informational events throughout the year that include a cruising or racing component.  Our 2018 events include:

  • BYC Spring Boat Owner's and Sailor's Meeting
  • Sea Safety Course
  • Women-in-Wind
  • BYC Commodore's Sailpast - SSI
  • Get out on the Water
  • Canada Day Cup & Saucer and Jefferson Pursuit Race (FUN)
  • BYC Summer Sailors' Meeting
  • BYC Cruise Week
  • BYC Baskin's Weekend
  • BYC Baskin's Weekend/Cornboil
  • BYC Fall Sailor's Meeting
  • BYC Presentation Dinner

For more general information on sailing the Ottawa River, please visit the Ottawa River Sailing Page

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