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Myths about Sailing

Myth: Sailing is for the rich


  • Most sailboats at the Glenmore Sailing Club cost less than $5,000. When you consider many people own their sailboat for years or decades, the annual cost of a sailboat is very small.
  • Membership at the sailing club is inexpensive and we're a great social club.

Myth: Bigger boats are more expensive than small boats


  • People choose to sail dinghies (small) or keelboats (big) for reasons other than cost.

Myth: You have to own a boat to sail


Myth: I need a bunch of "sailing gear" before I go sailing


Myth: Learning to sail as an adult is hard


  • It might even be easier to learn as an adult because you bring a lifetime of experiences to the learning process. Basic sailing is easy to understand and is immediately enjoyable. Learning anything new will have its challenges, but you will learn.

Myth: I need to know how to sail and have lots of experience before racing sailboats


  • Racing is simply sailing with a purpose. Club-level racing is about getting out with friends old and new and getting your BTUs (boat time units).

Myth: Sailing is gender specific


  • Sailing skills and abilities are not gender specific.
  • Sailboats level the playing field among sailors.
  • One of our female club members is the Canadian and USA champion in the Fireball dinghy.

Myth: Sailing is boring


  • Being on a sailboat is a thrilling experience. Having an understanding about the principles of what moves a boat and the "rules of the road" makes it even more enjoyable.
  • It's a mental game played against the wind and water... and other boats when racing.

Myth: Watching Sailing is boring

A little.

  • Boats tend to sail a distance from shore and this makes it look like they are moving slowly. However on the boat, know that there are a lot happening on the boats.
  • When racing, boats work to be in clear air (no other boats immediately around them) so they can achieve maximum speed. This means there are often times where boats can be a few hundred feet from each other even though it's a neck-and-neck race between those boats... and that only becomes obvious when the boats approach each other again.

Myth: You have to be physically fit to sail


  • Look at your friends or the people in your office... that is what sailors look like. We're in all sizes and shapes. Some are in wheelchairs.

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Fun, safe and affordable sailing lessons. 
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Club Location:
8601 24 St SW
(South Glenmore Park) - view map

The Club is fully wheelchair accessible.

Mailing Address:
Box 72107, Glenmore Landing PO
Calgary, Alberta T2V 5H9

GST #88037 2875 RT0001

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Phone: (403) 238-2044

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Member of the following:

Sail Canada
Alberta Sailing Association 

Donate to Youth Sailing

Our youth sailing program  charitable donations are generously managed by
Parks Foundation Calgary.

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Our thanks for their support!

Thank you for the grant to purchase boats and equipment for our youth sailing programs.

Thank you for the Amateur Sport Grant to purchase boats and equipment for our youth sailing programs. 

Thank you for your support

McKenzie Towne

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