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Learn to Race

Racing a sailboat challenges many of the perceptions about sailing as a "sedate" or "boring" sport.

The basics are easy get... sail upwind, turn left around a buoy in the water, sail downwind, turn around another buoy, head back upwind to the finish line. Sure... easy.

Now, add boats around you blocking your wind, add the right of way rules, add varying wind speed in different areas of the lake... and you have a boat race.

What is a sailboat race?

We race around fixed marks on the lake, races are started in the middle of the lake by volunteers running the Race Committee boat for the evening. The Race Committee sets the course by displaying numeral cards on the back of their boat indicating the order the selected marks are to be passed.

What Types of Boats are Sailed

type of boat you sail determines the kind of racing you'll be doing. Sailing the same type of boat as others puts you into fleet racing. First one across the finish line wins.

If you are sailing a unique type of boat, you're handicap racing. Your time to sail around the course is recorded and a handicap number is applied to the time of all handicap boats. The calculated fastest time around the course is the winner.

How to Get Started?
We all abide by the Racing Rules of Sailing. It's a daunting document that will make more sense once you've been out on the water. Those you'll be sailing against will be helpful and patient with your learning curve. They had to learn this also.
  • Lessons build the fundamentals and allow you to contribute to the boat you're sailing on
  • Many good books have been written about sailboat racing.
  • Come visit the Club after racing on a Wednesday evening (after 9pm) to meet the skippers, their crews and to see who is looking for additional crew.
  • If you've sailed and are looking for a crew spot on a boat, join our crew list
  • If you have your own boat, come sail with us.
Other Benefits of Racing at Glenmore
  • It's the most active thing the Glenmore Sailing Club does.
  • It's a life long sport, recreation and social activity.
  • Sailors of all ages build skills and relationships that endure off the water.
  • You'll develop / build / refine skills such as sportsmanship, fair play, volunteerism, and competence.
  • For the younger sailors, there is always the development of the life skills coming from taking their own boat out on the water, sailing with other youth, learning how to win gracefully, learning how to come out and learn some more when winning doesn't happen the first time out.
  • Finally, there is the new language you'll learn. Starboard, lubber line, scupper, reaching, close hauled, gybe... what fun!

Youth Sailing Camps
Fun, safe and affordable sailing lessons.
We offer Sail Canada accredited CANSail learn to sail courses taught by Sail Canada accredited instructors.

Register now!

Sailing for Scouts
Details and Registration.

Register your group for a three-hour "Introduction to Sailing" course. Scouts earn their Level 1 sailing badge through this course.

Warrior Sailing

Register now for a free three-day learn to sail camp. Open to Active Military and Veterans.

Collegiate Sailing
GSC is actively supporting university students building student sailing clubs. Join other students in establishing Post-Secondary Sailing Clubs in Calgary.

Wall of Fame

GSC members sailing and winning regattas. 

Read the stories.

Club Location:
8601 24 St SW
(South Glenmore Park) - view map

Our facility is fully wheelchair accessible, including showers in the change rooms.

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

Phone: (403) 238-2044

Building and  Maintenance Issues:
Call (403) 803-8201 or email us

Wind Forecasts

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Racing fleets at the club:
SanJuan 21s (website and Facebook)
Fireballs (Fireball Alberta)
Member of:
Sail Canada and the Alberta Sailing Association

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