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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.

Sailing at BYC

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 and Reminders... (2 updates as of September 29, 2020)


The BYC 1/2 "Fall 50 Mile" race is Saturday October 3, 2020 with a start window of 1100h-1105h.  Special Sailing Instructions are posted HERE.  The traditional Fall 50 Mile race has been changed this year only, due to COVID-19. - NEW September 29, 2020.

The Frostbite Series starts Sunday October 4, 2020 and continues Sunday October 11th and 18th.  Parts A and F of the Interclub Sailing Instructions describe the format and rule with an Amendment #2 (HERE) to allow Dinghy's to participate as a third start. - NEW September 29, 2020.

Important update from Fleet Captain August 24, 2020 10:00pm ET - The Tuesday and Thursday racing options have changed due to COVID-19.  The Sailing Instructions (SIs) have been updated and posted.  Racing starts Tuesday August 25 for a 6 week Fall Series!  Welcome back to "almost" normal racing.  If you have already registered, you will have received an email with your Fleet assignment.  Assignments are not our normal classes / divisions, which are also generally outlined in the SIs.  Please read all of the SIs for the nights you are registered to race as much has changed.


2020 Online Race Registration OpenRacing has been postponed until further notice but you still need to register for racing to participate in Monday and Thursday Evening TT, ILD-TT, Frostbite and RUST.


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


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.

  • Monday evenings: Ladies' keelboat racing
  • Tuesday evenings: Keelboat racing under the PHRF handicap system
  • Wednesday afternoons: RUST Cup Series (FUN, all registered boats)
  • Wednesday evenings: Dinghies and sailboards
  • Thursday evenings: Small keelboat one-design racing (Tanzer 22s, Mirage 24s, Sharks, C&C 27s, Viper 640s/J-80s) and JAM racing.
  • Friday evenings: Keelboat race practice (All keelboats: dates to be announced)
  • Weekends: Throughout the season BYC hosts several long-distance races, including two 50 mile races and one 100 mile race.  More information is available for the specific BYC hosted and ILD events:Shorey Race - SSI
    • Spring 50 Mile Race - SSI 
    • BYC Pinhey’s Point Race (ILD) - BYC SIs
    • NSC Pinhey’s Point Race (ILD) - BYC SIs
    • Quyon Race - BYC SIs
    • Homeward Bound Race - BYC SIs
    • Mohr Island Race - BYC SIs
    • Queen’s Park Series Race #1 (ILD) - BYC SIs
    • Baskin’s Odd Couple Race (FUN)
    • Stony Point Race (ILD) - BYC SIs
    • Women’s Interclub Up-River Race (NOR) - BYC SIs
    • BYC/NSC Singlehanded Keelboat Race
    • Queen’s Park Series Race #2 (ILD) - BYC SIs
    • Armitage Race - BYC SIs
    • 100 Mile Race - NOR & SSIs
    • Queen’s Park Series Race #3 (ILD) - BYC SIs
    • 20 Mile Trophy Race (ILD) - BYC SIs
    • Fall 50 Mile Race - NOR & SSIs BYC SIs
    • Frostbite Race (FUN)

Sailing at BYC


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.

  • 2020 Bob Yuile Memorial 63rd National Capital Regatta
  • 2020 Canadian Inland Laser Masters
  • 2020 C&C 27 Regatta (Ontario Championships) (NOR, SIs)
  • Britannia CUP Challenge
  • BYC Tucker-Rodger Regatta (FUN)
  • Don Hewitt Memorial Regatta (Jrs.)
  • BYC 2019 Club Championship
  • BYC 2020 Club Championship
  • Stan Carson Memorial Regatta (FUN)
  • BYC Sailboard Open Regatta
  • Remembrance Day Regatta (FUN)

Special Events

BYC coordinates a number of social, fun and informational events throughout the year that include a cruising or racing component.  Our 2020 events include:

  • BYC Spring Boat Owner's and Sailor's Meeting (postponed, new date TBD) - NEW
  • BYC Women's Racing Meeting - (postponed, new date TBD- NEW
  • BYC Commodore's Sailpast
  • 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



2777 Cassels Street
Ottawa, Ontario K2B 6N6
Phone: 613-828-5167

Fax: 613-828-5168

E-Mail: info@byc.ca


Dining & Takeout Hours: Please note that BYC has paused in person dining and takeout until further notice due to the current Provincial Lockdown
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Sundays Bar & Kitchen: 


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