Welcome to Sail Parry Sound! Sailing school registrations are filling for summer 2017

Sail Parry Sound is proud to be associated with Our Kids.

Our award-winning sailing day camp, operating since 1998, welcomes youth age 8-18 by the week, for eight weeks on the beautiful Parry Sound, Georgian Bay waterfront.

2017 Sailing School registration 
Click here to register online

Youth Learn to Sail and discount offerings  include:

Every level, from beginners’ Wet Feet, to advanced racing skills, is available at Sail Parry Sound Sailing School.

CANSail 6:  Consolidation and application of skills learned in CANSail 5, continued racing skill development and regatta participation. Learn to Train level of the Sail Canada Long Term Sailor Development program.  Pre-requisite is CANSail 5; participants must be 14 – 18 years. Six or more weeks are recommended.

Sail for the Summer Package:  Register for 8 weeks of sailing in any level for $2023; price includes 2017 Family Membership and membership discount.  Beginner sailors will be able to achieve their CANSail 1 and 2 levels, and have the opportunity to start on their intermediate levels. Intermediate and advanced sailors will also have the opportunity to progress through their levels in one season.

Multi-Week Discounts:  If a sailor registers for more than one week, the second week and every week thereafter is eligible for the $25 multi-week discount.

Love Your Bay Day

Love Your Bay Day,  on the Parry Sound waterfront, is the local celebration of a historic initiative —the largest simultaneous water sampling for microplastics in history. A shoreline clean-up at Waubuno Beach kicks off the day at 11:00 a.m., where Town of Parry Sound staff will provide gloves, bags, and recycling facilities to remove garbage from this part of the shoreline. Activities for children will continue until 3:00 p.m.

Sail Parry Sound, located on the Waterfront Trail (first left, north of the Stockey Centre),  is hosting the microplastics sampling from noon until 3:00 p.m.

GMapFitnessTrailMapeorgian Bay Biosphere Reserve staff will be on hand to assist people in taking a sample at no cost from the Sound. They decide whether to take it from shore, from a sailboat, kayak or Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) with White Squall staff.

“Whether sailing, paddling, swimming or even walking to access the Bay and connecting waterways, everyone can be a part of this event” says Tim Dyer, owner of White Squall.

Sail Parry Sound will host a live performance by renowned singer and songwriter Katherine Wheatley, and a delicious cash barbecue will be available at the public Country Gourmet Café on the Upper Deck.

“We are acutely aware, as sailors, of the importance of water quality” says Bob Griffiths, president of Sail Parry Sound. “We encourage everyone to participate, whether here, out cruising the Bay, or at their own dock, to gather samples for testing.”

KWSponsored by Wade Perkins of Assante Capital Management Limited,  Katherine Wheatley’s concert at Sail Parry Sound is a perfect accompaniment to the day’s activities.  Katherine is well known for her love of Parry Sound and Georgian Bay, and many of her songs reflect her deep connection to the water.

People interested in taking samples for microplastics in other parts of Georgian Bay, including rivers flowing into the Bay, are asked to register at http://exxpedition.com/greatlakes2016/   to receive sampling instructions.

The Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve, Sail Parry Sound, and the Town of Parry Sound are spearheading this local event to involve people who care about the Great Lakes in a historic day of water sampling.  You can play an important part.

“The Great Lakes are the largest freshwater ecosystem in the world, and they are magnificent,” says eXXpedition Great Lakes Science Lead, Professor Sherri Mason. “The problem with plastic is that it doesn’t biodegrade, it degrades into smaller and smaller pieces. As a result we are finding microplastics by the tens of thousands across the lake surface and within fish and other aquatic organisms. Because these plastics are so small, understanding the realities of this problem is difficult. “

A team of scientists has organized the Great Lakes eXXpedition to test waters for microplastics in each of the Great Lakes.  Events like eXXpedition Great Lakes are critical to raising awareness.


It was a Big Sound Challenge indeed!

wayfarers1849“You can never have too much wind” is an old sailors’ expression but just occasionally, it can pose a challenge.  Saturday was a gorgeous day on the water with a strong gusty wind and whitecaps and a few capsizes in the four races.  Sunday, the perfect steady thousand-mile wind returned to the Big Sound and the Race Committee cracked off the remaining three races before lunch.


2016 Wayfarer Ontario Championships

Results FINAL as of 14:26 on August 7, 2016


Sailed: 7, Discards: 1, To count: 6, Entries: 13, Scoring system: Appendix A

Rank SailNo Helm/Crew R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 Total Nett
1st 10865 Dave Hansman/Dave Richardson 3 1 1 2 3 (6) 6 22 16
2nd 3854 Al Schonborn/Bruce Clifford 1 2 (7) 5 2 4 2 23 16
3rd 10963 David & Anne Pugh 4 4 (5) 3 1 1 4 22 17
4th 397 Sue Pilling/Steph Romaniuk (7) 5 3 4 6 3 1 29 22
5th 10944 Leo & Joanne Van Kampen 8 6 4 1 4 (11) 5 39 28
6th 10861 Marc & Julie Bennett 2 3 (14 DNF) 14 DNC 5 5 3 46 32
7th 3664 Doug & Chris Ryan (14 DSQ) 8 6 6 9 2 9 54 40
8th 994 Kit Wallace/George Waller 5 9 2 (14 DNC) 7 8 11 56 42
9th 1066 Jim & Linda Heffernan (10) 10 8 7 10 10 7 62 52
10th 10137 Alastair & David Ryder-Turner 6 (14 DNC) 14 DNC 14 DNC 8 9 8 73 59
11th 11136 AnnMarie Covington/Nick Seraphinoff 9 7 (14 DNC) 14 DNC 11 12 10 77 63
12th 10964 Jan & Alannah d’Ailly (14 DNC) 14 DNC 14 DNC 14 DNC 12 7 14 DNF 89 75
13th 10962 Mike & Marg Duncan (14 DNF) 14 DNC 14 DNC 14 DNC 14 DNC 14 DNC 14 DNC 98 84

Big Sound Challenge


FINAL results on August 7, 2016


Sailed: 7, Discards: 1, To count: 6, Entries: 13, Scoring system: Appendix A

Rank SailNo Helm/Crew R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 Total Nett
1st 200182 Bradley Sheppard 1 1 1 1 1 1 (2) 8 6
2nd 212333 Stephen Winkworth 2 2 2 2 2 (4) 1 15 11
3rd 7415 David Sivers (8) 4 5 3 4 2 3 29 21
4th 202901 Indrek Aavisto (7) 3 4 4 3 3 5 29 22
5th 200152 Lucas Trapp 3 5 (14 OCS) 5 5 9 4 45 31
6th 200126 Scott Avery 6 7 (14 DNC) 14 DNC 6 6 7 60 46
7th 185958 Anthony Hick (14 DNC) 8 6 14 DNC 8 8 6 64 50
8th 188982 Ross Emmans 5 (14 DNC) 3 6 14 DNC 14 DNC 14 DNC 70 56
9th 8797 Jacob David (14 DSQ) 14 DNC 14 DNC 14 DNC 7 5 8 76 62
10th 175189 Grant Kavanagh 4 6 (14 DNC) 14 DNC 14 DNC 14 DNC 14 DNC 80 66
11th 187196 Gary Holman (14 DNC) 14 DNC 14 DNC 14 DNC 9 7 9 81 67
12th 40963 Ben Woitzik (14 DNC) 14 DNC 14 DNC 14 DNC 10 14 OCS 14 DNF 94 80
13th 196054 Curtis Wilson (14 DNC) 14 DNC 14 DNC 14 DNC 14 DNC 14 DNC 14 DNC 98 84

Results Courtesy Sailwave Scoring Software 2.19.4



The place to be this summer!

Much is new this year at Sail Parry Sound with the addition of the new café and additional on site recreational activities.

The Country Gourmet Café on the Upper Deck at Sail Parry Sound opened in May and is offering fresh foods with a magnificent panoramic view of the Big Sound, daily, noon to 6 PM.  Enjoy homemade fresh healthy foods, flavour bowls, smoothies, tasty salads, sandwiches, fresh juices and specialty teas,  in addition to mouth watering desserts and their famous Belly ice cream, made locally from pure Jersey cream.

White Squall, the Paddling Centre of Georgian Bay offers free paddling and demonstrations, every Tuesday and Saturday afternoon.

To top it off, Parry Sound Bikes will be scheduling a Tour the Town Bike Experience  to Sail Parry Sound, to enjoy our beautiful place on the shore.

August 6 and 7 we welcome sailors from Canada and the US for the Big Sound Challenge incorporating the Wayfarers’ Ontario Championship.  If you’d like to be part of the welcoming committee, email  volunteer@sailparrysound.on.ca  Orientation is provided–then all you need is a friendly smile and a helpful attitude to make our guests welcome.

August 20th is Love Your Bay Day, a partnership with the Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve.   In the afternoon enjoy a live performance by renowned Parry Sound-born singer/songwriter Katherine Wheatley, whose love of the water is inspired by the beauty of Georgian Bay! Acoustic roots with catchy melodies, arresting vocals, great guitar playing, lyrics that get you and that you get – these are all things that have been written over and over again about Katherine Wheatley’s music. She sings truth, bravely, and in detail– even about the rocks at Sail Parry Sound!  That’s where she will sing again.  What could be better than enjoying the afternoon with Katherine while her beautiful voice echoes over the water!

The Country Gourmet Café on the Upper Deck will be featuring a delicious lunch menu and a BBQ.

Sail Parry Sound is easy to get to, along the Waterfront Trail, the first left turn north of the Stockey Centre.   It’s the place to be this summer.  Everyone is welcome!MapFitnessTrailMap

For more information about this and other events at Sail Parry Sound please visit  http://sailparrysound.on.ca/events/ .

The happiest days of summer are only three weeks away!

Sailing school opens on July 4!  The instructors are all looking forward to seeing the young sailors again, and the registrations are filling up fast.  There is nothing like being on the water, dancing along the waves of the Big Sound in a sailboat.

Summer is a time for youth to take a break from those long dreary school days, and get outside and play!  When your child chooses to take sailing lessons at any age, they are not only choosing a fun way to spend their summer days, but are also getting an opportunity to have an experience that will last a lifetime.

While learning to sail with old friends and new friends, Sail Parry Sound youth also learn to appreciate their natural environment on beautiful Georgian Bay.  Sailing is not only a sport to master, it is a real life lesson in physics without the classroom, as they navigate their boat by wind power only.  As sailors rig and launch their sail boats they are mastering communication skills with their partners, coaches and teams.

Learning to sail in this fun and safe environment provides an excellent foundation for youth of today and builds and grows skills and characteristics which will last a lifetime.

Sail Parry Sound offers beginner programs for all ages from 8 years, in the WetFeet program, right up to teenagers in the Teen Fast Start program.  For more information on sailing school, and giving your child a summer experience to remember, please click here 

Ride Eat Paddle Sail – The place to be this summer!

Parry Sound’s new waterfront destination opened for the summer on May 21.  Look for the signs along the Waterfront Trail, to guide you to The Country Gourmet Cafe on the Upper Deck at Sail Parry Sound.  You can see how easy it is to enjoy the most stunning view of the Big Sound and a fresh delicious selection of foods and beverages.

Sign on theTrail11 AM – 7 PM on weekends until July, when the Cafe will be open daily, 8 AM – 8 PM July 1, through Labour Day.

Take a walk along the Waterfront Trail.  First left, North of the Stockey Centre, and you are there.  Look for the big signs for The Country Gourmet Cafe on the Upper Deck.

White Squall is on site on Saturday afternoons, too! Try paddling with the experts from the Paddling Centre of Georgian Bay to show you how!




Time to think about summer again!

With lengthening days and warming sun, and  a Big Sound which barely froze this winter, it’s time to look to summer sailing plans.  We will be launching early!

If this is the year your family will learn to sail, more information is at the drop-down menu SPS Sailing School.  Spaces are filling quickly,so register early to avoid disappointment.

2016 is shaping up to be the most exciting summer yet, for friends and visitors at          Sail Parry Sound.   Watch this space for announcements coming shortly.

If you are a qualified sailing instructor hoping to introduce others to the finest freshwater sailing in the world, check our advertisement  in the Sailing School section. 


It has been a busy autumn!  The docks are away, boats are stored safely in the Boatyard or our newly constructed Loft. What a treat to have indoor storage!

 mast rack

boats stored in loftThe garden has been put to bed, next year’s bulbs planted several weeks ago. So far, there is no accumulation of snow!

The water system for the café kiosk is winterized, and all the stainless café equipment and furniture is prepared and ready to go for an early opening in Spring.

The photo at top was taken in November, when having a coffee and a snack on the new observation deck would have been a delightful break in the warmth of the sun.  Plan to stop in off the Trail next year. Sail Parry Sound’s observation deck is the only elevated location in town, with a view of the Big Sound and foodservice.

The last job before closing up the Boathouse was building the partitions in preparation for summer operations.

building walls


Next year, cycling and eco-friendly watercraft will be added to Sail Parry Sound, with local businesses operating training and rentals, right on the shore of the Big Sound, next to the Rotary and the Algonquin Regiment Fitness Trail, linking to the Rotary Sunset Trail, which is stunning at all times of day.

A perfect day for Wayfarer Ontarios– Big Sound Challenge

We always enjoy the early morning game of suspense that Mother Nature gives us and our regatta guests.  The day dawned foggy and flat.

Over coffee, the Wayfarers were casting apprehensive glances at the easterly puffs coming across the sailing centre.  The Sail Parry Sound crew reassured them, but truly it is difficult in these conditions to see how there can be a decent day of sailing.

By ten o’clock, however, the usual west wind was hinting at its presence and there were smiles at the skippers meeting as the flag started to crackle in the wind.

A beautiful day on the water followed shortly thereafter.

Results are at http://sailparrysound.on.ca/sps-regatta-management/


Photos courtesy Jo Bossart.