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    Cedar Island Yacht Club

Are you ready for a little tranquility? How about a little excitement? Both can be yours when you are at the helm of a sailboat. And there is no better place to sail than on Lake Erie with the Cedar Island Yacht Club, Canada’s southernmost and Essex County’s most economical sailing club.

Come aboard then . . .

The Tranquility

There is nothing like the experience of turning off your motor, watching the wind fill the sails and enjoying the sound of the waves lapping the hull. Set your course for nearby Leamington or Pelee Island or the shores of Michigan or Ohio. They are all within easy access.

The Excitement

Cedar Island Yacht Club has an active racing program that can provide you with all the excitement you want. Skipper your boat or be part of a crew - either way, you’ll enjoy the thrill, the strategy and the changeable Lake Erie’s winds.

No Idea How To Sail? No Boat? No Problem. We Have A Program For You!

Our Ontario Sail certified trainers will teach you how to sail on one of Cedar Island Yacht Club’s keelboats which are equipped with all safety equipment required by the Canadian Coast Guard. There is a mix of classroom and on-the-water instruction so by the end of the six-week course, you’ll be certified to solo sail.
The cost of the course is $385 + HST.

A Little Information About Cedar Island Yacht Club

We are a working club. Our members contribute to the work necessary to keep it active and vital. Once a member, you are expected to contribute 20 hours of service a year. There are many opportunities to volunteer; how about helping with grounds upkeep or assisting on our tug “Little Toot” to help dredge the channel. Maybe you’d enjoy being part of the boat launch or haul-out crews. And, if these don’t suit, there are a number of social events held throughout the year where you can assist by preparing food, serving, and clean-up. Whatever you choose to do, you’ll have the opportunity to develop lasting friendships.

Club Management

Cedar Island Yacht Club is a not-for-profit organization. All funds acquired from the membership are reinvested in the Club to improve our facilities and infrastructure. The day-to-day business of the Club is managed by an Executive body made up of a Commodore, Past Commodore, Vice Commodore, Secretary, Treasurer and Chairs of the Social, Dredging, Property, Docks, and Racing Committees. These positions are open to all Full members who want to take on the challenges of managing the Club and each position has a one-year term. We are governed by Bylaws and Policies that guide the Executive and provide transparency in all of the Club’s business. The Executive meets once a month and the minutes of every meeting are posted on the website for membership review.

OK, Let's Talk Money. How Much Will It Cost?

Potential Full Members pay an Initiation Fee when applying for membership.

On approval of membership, the new member is invoiced, on a pro-rata basis, for annual membership fee and dockage, as applicable.

Two options are available for paying the Initiation Fee, to be submitted with the Membership Application:

1. One payment of $1500 plus HST = $1695.00; or,

2. Two payments of $750 plus HST = $847.50 (second instalment due on the first anniversary of membership Seniority Date)

Potential Social Members pay the annual membership fee when applying for membership ($165 + HST = $186.45).

Annual Charges – fiscal year of November 1 to October 31

Full Members:

$605 fee and perform 20 work hours
$40/ft beam of boat for dockage
$100 boat winter storage
$45 cradle storage
$120 launch fee
$135 haul-out fee

Social Members:

$165 and perform 10 work hours

Associate Members:


Each fiscal year, work hours not completed by October 1 will be billed to the Member at $30 per hour
*Note – All of the annual charges, with the exception of storage, are subject to HST (13%).

Sound interesting? Join CIYC. We’ve been waiting for you. If you currently have a boat (maximum 35 feet LOA) or are contemplating buying one in the near future, join as a Full member. The application is here. Or, if you want to test the waters first, you can join CIYC as a Social member by clicking here.

More questions? No problem. Call
Cedar Island Yacht Club at (519) 733-2555 for more information.

We’re located at 982 Heritage Road, Kingsville. Drop in!