• 12 Sep 2018 1:34 AM | Matthew Burpee (Administrator)

    "I wanted to take this opportunity to provide you with an update on things that are happening at the club." - Norm on September 12, with minor updates from Matthew on September 25.


    The final summer BBQ will be help on Thursday Sept 13th. Mark it in your calendar. I hope you can attend.  

    Board Member position open: 

    Paddle Rat

    Some of the responsibilities include: 

    • Keeping racks organized and maintained
    • Notifying new members as they come up on the waiting list
    • Facilitating the membership process with the Membership Rat
    • Encouraging members to lead paddle nights

    Sylvia Winninger has done a fantastic job of the Paddle Rat portfolio and will be greatly missed.   

    If you are interested in helping out in this capacity, please contact me directly. 

    Boat Captain

    We are in desperate need of someone to look after our two boats. At the moment we are double dipping, as two or more board members are looking after the boats... and their own areas. I feel it is time we get a specific person or team to manage our boats.  

    The responsibilities are open for discussion.   I would think the following might be part of the responsibilities:

    • Scheduling of the use of the boats
    • Oversee maintenance requirements
    • Be the point of contact with the Water Sports Camp
    • Ensure we have all the correct safety equipment on board and it is in good shape
    • Lead the replacement process of our boats as required
    • etc...

    It would probably be of benefit if you were somewhat mechanically inclined for this position. 

    This would not be a position on the board (which is probably a good thing... less red tape)

    If you are interested in helping us out, please let me know. 


    Regatta / Marketing person

    At Water Rats, this year, I believe we will be running 5 regattas.  The way we are currently structured the regatta organizer (usually one person) is responsible for all aspects of the regatta, getting Race Committee, Race officer, organizing dinners, making the Notice of Race, marketing the event, crash boat, awards etc...   

    To alleviate some of the pressure on the regatta organizer it would be great if we could find someone to deal with the marketing of the regatta.  Once again, the responsibilities would be up for discussion but think that some of the following would be included:

    • Use Facebook/email/posters etc....  to advertize our regattas
    • Liaise with other OHSF clubs and  promote those regattas
    • Work with other organizations (ORCA, CRAM ... )  regarding scheduling of regattas
    • Standardize/Coordinate prizes for all regattas  (maybe WRSC hats and tee shirts?)  

    This, as well, would not be a position on the board (which is still probably a good thing... less red tape)

    Board of Directors

    Are you interested in participating on our Board of Directors? Every year we do have some turn over in the board. 

    If you interested in participating please contact me and we can discuss the possibilities. We are always looking for good people.


    Sunday races 

    Every Sunday at 1pm until the end of October. 

    Catamaran Regatta - Ben Hur

    Cat regatta September 22/23 at our club. All cat sailors are welcome. 

    Clean Up Day

    Saturday, October 27. Rain day October 28. Let’s clean up our club for the coming winter and year ahead. Please RSVP at: event-3087700 so we know how much food to buy for the 1pm BBQ. Bring gloves and a rake if you have one and a friendly vibe.
    Volunteers are needed for the BBQ and clean up of the club house afterwards. Contact Barbara Anderson <serenewaters.barbara@gmai> and learn more about hours at Facebook event

    Private function at Club

    Sunday, November 4 - Sarah Pointer is hosting an evening social.


    Sunday, November 18, 2pm

    Christmas Party

    Dec 8 or 15th (finalizing the exact date and will let you know shortly) 

    Movie. Our old clubhouse made it to the big screen   

    Here's an email below from our former Chief Rat Steve Hoke: "Finally found a posted copy of the movie that was shot at the 'Rats Oct 2010. I got $8,750 for the club which went right in to our building fund towards the new clubhouse. Shows how pathetic our old clubhouse really was, strong in character but…

    For segments featuring our old clubhouse and grounds, skip to 39:50 also 1:15:06 and 1:18:43

    If you have any questions / comments / concerns let me know.... more information to come!

    Norm Lamb 
    Chief Rat

  • 04 Sep 2018 1:27 PM | Matthew Burpee (Administrator)

    Weeknight racing is over for the season.

    We will be switching to Sundays at 1pm from September until the end of October. With the possible exception of the Ice Bowl one Saturday in November.

    Also, Ian our RC is moving to England tomorrow for school. Let Mike Doell know if you are interested or know anyone who would like run them for us.

  • 21 Aug 2018 5:53 PM | Matthew Burpee (Administrator)

    Message from Chief Rat Norm Lamb 

    Board Members Wanted

    Are you interested in participating on our Board of Directors? Every year we do have some turn over in the board. If you interested in participating please contact me and we can discuss the possibilities. We are always looking for good people.

    Catamaran regatta

    There is a cat regatta this weekend at our club. All cat sailors are welcome.

    September BBQ

    The final summer BBQ will be help on Thursday Sept 13th. Mark it in your calendar. I hope you can attend.

    Science experiment

    There is a pink rope attached to a few clear plastic bottles on the dock. Please don't remove them as people are monitoring the bottles for algae growth.

    Member parties

    Some club members have used our facilities to host member parties. We have had a few this year and have had some suggestions from members on how to make this a better experience for all. The board will be looking at this for next year.


    At the moment our coach boat (otherwise known as the RIB) is going into the mechanic for some much needed attention. Our other smaller boat (known as the Whaler) has seen better days and is in need of attention or possible retirement.

    Clean-up day

    We haven't finalized the date but keep your eyes open for something in early November.


    At the moment we have chosen a tentative date for the AGM, November 18th (Sunday 2pm). We will finalize that date at our next board meeting in September and let you know

    - Norm

  • 22 Jul 2018 3:35 PM | Matthew Burpee (Administrator)

    Water Rats is seen in the distance at middle right below with new buildings north of the ship channel. 

    Photos from July 18 public consultation regarding the project and flood protection. 

    Port Lands Project Map

    Why the Port Lands are Vital to Toronto’s Future


  • 01 Jul 2018 7:30 AM | Matthew Burpee (Administrator)

    Happy Canada Day! This July please join us at:

    1. Tuesday Laser & Catamaran races 6pm
    2. Thursday Laser races and possible coaching depending upon numbers
    3. Wednesday July 4 Paddle Night 6:30pm with Sylvia. Chantal may lead other nights
    4. Thursday July 12 Club BBQ 7pm

    Try to keep cool and hydrated as we hover around 29C this week. Watch for the effects of heat illness: swelling, rash, cramps, fainting, heat exhaustion, heat stroke and the worsening of some health conditions.


    Racks - There are still two boats that are occupying other member's spots. The first one is on harbour rack 1, berth 1, sticker #0883. The second is on south shore rack 5, berth 7, sticker #1073. Please contact:

    Member run socials will happen Saturday July 21, Sunday July 22, and Saturday July 28.

    Oh, world politics. Canadians looking to buy a new U.S. made sailboat, as of today, will have a 10 per cent tariff added. If looking to save try other origins as well and the various classifieds online.

    May you enjoy the summer from our beach sharing Toronto' beautiful parkland and waterfront with its residents and visitors. 

    Skip the 400. Keep an eye on the wind and get on the water! 

  • 27 Jun 2018 5:00 PM | Matthew Burpee (Administrator)

    Club members are welcome to have socials with their friends who are non-members. The Club must remain accessible to the general membership, of course. Each party must be approved on a one-by-one basis and operate under our set of rules such as leaving the Club cleaner than found. 


    Sat. July 21 - Sarah Pointer and Greg is hosting friends

    Sat. July 28 - Ted Kerr is hosting ten friends 

    Sun. July 29 - Bill Spurrell is hosting Ryerson's Trampoline Club

    Related: Membership rules

  • 18 Jun 2018 4:03 PM | Matthew Burpee (Administrator)

    High Fleet

    Sailed: 5, Discards: 1, To count: 4, Rating system: SCHRS, 
    Entries: 7, Scoring system: Appendix A
    Rank Fleet Class SailNo Club HelmName CrewName SCHRS R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Total Nett
    1st High Hobie 14 63273 Etobicoke Yacht Club Amy McNeill   1.405 1.0 (2.0) 1.0 1.0 1.0 6.0 4.0
    2nd High Hobie 16 114396 Mississauga Sailing Club Nicholas Liebel Laurence Liebel 1.193 2.0 1.0 2.0 (3.0) 2.0 10.0 7.0
    3rd High Hobie 16 114482 Mississauga Sailing Club Karen-Ann Xavier Daniel Schneider 1.193 (4.0) 3.0 3.0 2.0 4.0 16.0 12.0
    4th High Hobie Getaway 9497 Etobicoke Yacht Club Johnston Hall   1.242 (7.0) 4.0 7.0 5.0 3.0 26.0 19.0
    5th High Hobie 16 114250 Westwood Sailing Club Brock Monroe Gular Elbi 1.193 3.0 (7.0) 5.0 6.0 5.0 26.0 19.0
    7th High Hobie 17 6588 Etobicoke Yacht Club Neil McNeill   1.196 5.0 6.0 6.0 4.0 (8.0 DNF) 29.0 21.0
    6th High Nacra 500 Double 4540 St. Jamestown Sailing Club Andrea Frej Sarah MKcGee 1.171 6.0 5.0 4.0 (7.0) 6.0 28.0 21.0

    Low Fleet

    Sailed: 5, Discards: 1, To count: 4, Rating system: SCHRS, 
    Entries: 10, Scoring system: Appendix A
    Rank Fleet Class SailNo Club HelmName CrewName SCHRS R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Total Nett
    1st Low F18 CAN018 Water Rats Dan Borg Chris Moulder 1 1.0 3.0 1.0 1.0 (4.0) 10.0 6.0
    2nd Low Taipan F16 226 Water Rats David Antognini   1.033 3.0 (5.0) 2.0 3.0 2.0 15.0 10.0
    3rd Low F18 1084 Water Rats Jeff Gerrits Tom 1 4.0 1.0 7.0 (8.0) 1.0 21.0 13.0
    4th Low A-Cat Foils 22 BS&CC Andy Woods   0.973 6.0 (8.0) 3.0 2.0 3.0 22.0 14.0
    5th Low F18 2553 Water Rats Marvin Coulson Ted Kerr 1 2.0 4.0 (9.0) 9.0 5.0 29.0 20.0
    7th Low F16 36 Water Rats Beata Sejane Roy Spencer 1.028 5.0 (6.0) 5.0 5.0 6.0 27.0 21.0
    6th Low Nacra F17 Solo CAN600 Water Rats Stephen Stelmach   1.071 (8.0) 2.0 4.0 7.0 8.0 29.0 21.0
    8th Low A-Cat Foils 44 BS&CC Larry Woods   0.973 (7.0) 7.0 6.0 4.0 7.0 31.0 24.0
    9th Low A-Cat Foils US 29 Water Rats Norm Lamb   0.973 9.0 9.0 8.0 6.0 (10.0) 42.0 32.0
    10th Low A-Cat Foils CAN1023 Burlington Beach Catamaran Club Dean Mayke   0.973 10.0 10.0 (11.0 DNC) 11.0 DNC 9.0 51.0 40.0

    Posted by John Weakley

  • 05 Jun 2018 3:15 PM | Matthew Burpee (Administrator)

    2018 Spring War Laser Regatta, June 2-3, 2018

    2018 Spring War Catamaran Regatta, June 16-17, 2018


  • 02 Jun 2018 2:25 PM | Matthew Burpee (Administrator)

    Tacking for Lasers appeared in The International Laser Class Association's blog on May 30, 2018 

    By Jon Emmett, a professional sailing coach in the UK

    One of the beauties of Lasers is just how well they tack—if tacked well. Races are anything but a boat speed race to the corner in most venues and conditions, which means those who have their head out of the boat and good boat handling can gain on every small shift and gust, giving some of the best one design racing available. 

    Read more in ILCA's blog...

  • 16 May 2018 9:48 AM | Matthew Burpee (Administrator)

    Register now for the Heinz Gebauer Spring War June 2-3, 2018

    Registration 9-10am

    Skippers Meeting 10am

    First Warning Signal 11am

    First Warning Signal Sunday – 10:30am

    BBQ after sailing Saturday

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