Three weeks ago I wrote to you that we expected to launch our season when water levels on Lac St. Louis fell. Shortly afterwards we came to think that water levels might remain high for some time. Instead of waiting, Trevor, Vaclav, Brian and Barry have spent the last few weeks working hard to prepare for high water. Breakwaters, docks, chains, anchors and electricity have been checked. We are confident that we will be ready to launch the big boats on Saturday June 3. We recognize that there is still more water in the lake than we are used to seeing. If you don’t want your boat to be put in the water, now is the time to say so.

The evening races on June 6 and 8 will be practice races. The Good Neighbour Series will start in earnest June 13. We intend to have our traditional Shipshape Day on Saturday morning, June 10. The Commodore’s Sail Past and Reception will be June 11.

I hope to see you there,

George Stedman


Launch and Pot Luck Dinner

We would like to thank all the volunteers and staff who helped to make Launch 2017 a success.

It is great to see boats in the Harbour, finally!  

A large crowd turned up for the annual potluck supper- it was a great start to the season.


GNS Warm-up Races – Tuesday, June 6th and Thursday June 8th

First Race of the Season – Tuesday, June 13th

Sailors Supper – June 6th and June 8th, Pizza, Please sign up at the bar before going out on the water.

Come Volunteer – Some dates are still available to cook for your fellow sailors on Tuesday night:

July 25th, August 1st, 22nd, and 29th.  Please call the office or sign-up on the shore board.


Friday, June 9th, service starts at 18:30

Welcome in the sailing season with dinner on Friday night.

Chef Kari is back in the kitchen and his grill is ready!


Saturday June 10th, 8:00 to 12:00

Come down and help get the club shipshape.

Stephanie and Evangeline with be serving

their homemade soup for lunch.

Please bring your rakes and pruners, buckets and brushes.


Sunday, June 11th

12:30 Raising of the flags and introduction of executive

13:00 Skippers' meeting 

followed by Sailpast 

15:30 Reception and Nautical hors d’oeuvre Challenge

Theme this year is Canada’s 150th Anniversary


Due to high water levels it is important to have your dock lines in good

condition and have addition lines and fenders added. 

For more information see the “Safe Mooring Guide”.


Please be diligent when walking on the docks.

Masts must be up by June 17th.

Dear Jeanine,

It was a great pleasure to read the poem written by your grandfather in 1947. The sentiment is never more relevant than this season as the flooding has delayed 'The ships joyful splash into water'. Fortunately, unlike many who have incurred large damage, our laughter is only temporarily delayed and certainly minimized by the contributions of the great community both around us and also stretching into the past as through Judge Charbonneau's composition.


Hadrian Corning MAL Communications PCYC

Pointe- Claire Yacht Club

Shorn of their lithe and gleaming spars 

Which always had pointed to the stars, 

Stripped of sails with graceful curves, 

Hibernating hulls squat on the grounds, 

With covers flapping as long-eared hounds, 

Lively yachts, now in torpor bound, 

Throughout days that shorten 

And nights that have lengthened. 

But daylight will again brighten 

And warming breezes soon will beckon 

To paint-brush wielders, sanders, caulkers, 

Carpenters, riggers and others, 

When after hours of loving labour, 

With hulls shining and tops aglitter, 

The ships joyfully splash into water, 

Alive for another round of mirth and laughter. 

The shiprights have gone and sailors now reign, 

Chasing the rainbows in their own domain; 

Some drifting as on lazy clouds, 

With muted songs in their bounding hearts; 

Others with ambition, in races competing; 

A few away to distant seas and landings. 

Explorers all, dreamers and kindred souls. 

May the good ship Argo bring in its hold, 

For this and many other years to behold, 

Of health and happiness, the fleece of gold. 

Judge Jean-Pierre Charbonneau 

January 1, 1947 

The Flood of 2017

Fellow members,

To any members who are flooded I’d like to say don’t worry about your boat, let us know and we’ll take care of it.  To the City of Pointe Claire; the Executive last night unanimously voted our thanks to the City for their immediate assessment of our needs on Saturday and the prompt installation of sand bags to protect the dining room from wave damage.  To our volunteers; the City employees worked alongside a whole crew of PCYC volunteers who appeared I know not by magic.  Thanks.

The water level is now 217 cm above chart datum and we feel it needs to drop to 185 cm above datum before we can safely launch boats.  Even as the level of the Ottawa River drops more water will be released from the St. Lawrence River.  We expect Lac St. Louis to be maintained at about this level for some time, perhaps weeks yet.  Please keep your boat ready to launch, it may be on short notice.  The High-Water Lounge upstairs is now open weekends.

Our staff are doing everything they can but there will come a time that members will be asked to pitch in again.  Together we can yet salvage a good season.  

George Stedman


Upcoming Events

13 Jun 2017;
06:45PM - 09:00PM
GNS Sailors Supper
15 Jun 2017;
06:45PM - 09:00PM
GNS Sailors Supper
20 Jun 2017;
06:45PM - 09:00PM
GNS Sailors Supper
22 Jun 2017;
06:45PM - 09:00PM
GNS Sailors Supper

Upcoming Regattas

01 Jul 2017;
08:00AM - 05:00PM
Shark Coupe du Québec
01 Jul 2017;
08:00AM - 05:00PM
PCYC Annual Regatta
01 Jul 2017;
08:00AM - 05:00PM
Etchells Quebec Championships
04 Jul 2017;
04:00AM - 05:00PM
Sail Week

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