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Picture yourself cutting across the water under the power of the wind, sails billowing as your boat glides across the lake. Whether you are a novice sailor, seasoned pro, seeking the adventure of sailboat racing or relaxing on a leisurely sail, jump on board and discover the satisfaction of a hands-on activity that promises to open up a whole new world for you and your entire family.

The Wabamun Sailing Club is set on two acres of lakefront property on the north shore of Lake Wabamun at Rich’s Point. The Club features lovely amenities that include a modern clubhouse, boat and locker storage, a tenting area, ample parking and more.

The types of boats sailed at the Club are mostly dinghies and catamarans as well as a limited number of day-sailing cruisers. The Club welcomes both racing and non-racing sailors as members.

The Club is a non-profit society run by an enthusiastic group of sailors who volunteer their time to offer a variety of sailing activities and programs for all sailing skills. At WSC you will experience both a sport and a lifestyle. WSC is a small club so it’s easy to get to know everyone and quickly feel at home.

If you are keen to have fun sailing, develop your sailing skills, participate in weekend racing, regattas, socialize with like-minded individuals and contribute volunteer time, WSC is the sailing club for you.

New Member Information

Club activities commence in early May and continue through the Thanksgiving weekend. The Club is busiest on weekends with casual sailing, racing and training programs and socializing.

Social activities, such as monthly pot-luck dinners and a year-end Thanksgiving dinner, are an excellent way to get to know other members. The Commodore’s Awards and Banquet in November closes out the year with an awards presentation for racing excellence.

Club members run organized weekend racing throughout the season. The Club is well equipped to run races and the safety of members is and will remain a high priority. The Club has three power boats for safety and rescue. Members are required to participate in an annual safety training day.

The WSC is an active participant of Alberta and Canada’s sailing community. Various junior, student and novice sailor training courses are organized for members depending on the season’s demand. The Club owns five Optimist dinghies, which may be used by members for youth sailor development and training.

The Club annually also hosts its own Founders’ Regatta and usually one regional or national regatta per season.

Wabamun Sailing Club is run by volunteers which means members work together to build and maintain the facilities and run events. Every member contributes volunteer hours and this participation is more than a way to keep membership fees affordable; it builds Club spirit and a sense of community.

There are 22 RV stalls which are rented to members according to established guidelines. New active members apply in writing to the membership chair to be placed on an RV stall seniority list. There is a waiting list and it typically takes three years or more to qualify for an RV stall.

As a condition of membership, all members are required to carry adequate third party bodily injury and property damage liability insurance as well as comply with all Department of Transport regulations as well as the Department of Transportation Safe Boating Guide.
All operators of recreational powered watercraft in Canada regardless of age, engine horsepower or length of boat must have a Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC). Take the online course and exam at www.boaterexam.com, then enter your PCOC number on your new member application.

As a condition of membership, all members are required to read, understand and agree to adhere to the Wabamun Sailing Club Best Practices pertaining to Water Safety, Health and Safety, Boat and Equipment Policies, Grounds, Facilities, Pets and Allocated RV Stalls.

There are several categories of membership of which three are most applicable for new members.

Provisional Active

This category includes a spouse and children under the age of 19.

An obligatory probationary period of one full season will take place for all prospective Active members following the formal application process and payment of annual dues.

If a Provisional Member joins after August 1 the annual dues will be reduced by 50% for that year. The full rental rates for storage apply.
This provides new members a full season to try out the Club and to ensure a good fit for the new member and the Club. Provisional Active members may use the Club facilities, participate in all Club activities and rent a boat stall. They may not, however, be placed on the RV stall or mooring seniority lists. Provisional members may not hold office; they are welcome at all general and special meetings, but cannot vote.

After the probationary period of one year, the Provisional Active member may be voted in as an Active Member by the Club Executive by February 1st of the following year. The one-time entrance fee must be paid by April 1st once Active Membership status is granted.

Crewing

This category is for members who do not keep a boat on the Club premises and who sail with other members. Crewing members may not vote or hold office and are not required to pay the entrance fee.

Student

Student members are in full time attendance at school, until and including the year they turn 29, whichever is earlier. Student Members do not pay the entrance fee. They cannot vote or hold office. If Student Members transition to Active Member status immediately following the last year of the Student Membership, the entrance fee will be reduced by 10% for each year of membership to a maximum of 50%.

Membership Application Process

Please complete the online application form. It will be submitted to the Club’s Membership Chair who will contact you to book an introductory meeting and tour of the Club.

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At this meeting your application form will be signed by you and 2 sponsoring Active Members in good standing and your annual fees will be paid.

Your new member application will be posted in the clubhouse for at least 30 days for review by the general membership. At this time the Club executive will vote as to whether or not to accept you as a Provisional Member and will notify you with your updated membership status.

For more information please contact one of our Membership Co-Chairs (membership@wabamunsailingclub.com).

2017 Schedule of Dues (GST not included)

  • Provisional Active Membership

  • $735
  • Crewing Membership

  • $160
  • Student Membership

  • $115
  • Locker Rental

  • $50
  • Boat Stall #1 Rental

  • $130
  • Boat Stall #2 Rental

  • $175
  • Student Member Boat Stall

  • $65
  • Student Member Boat Rack

  • $27.50
  • One time Active Member Entrance Fee (paid by April 1 of 2nd year)

  • $400

Each membership includes one Sail Canada/Alberta Sailing membership.