About The Little Current Yacht Club
Little Current Yacht Club
Little Current ON P0P 1K0
Commodore: Jim Corless
Vice Commodore: Lianne Masson
Past Commodore: Greg Wright
Treasurer: Tracy Nutt
Secretary: Lianne Masson
Rear Commodore - Technical Consultant: Rod MacLeod
Rear Commodore - Cruisers' Net: Roy Eaton
Rear Commodore - Club Races: Mike Coomes
Rear Commodore - CANSail: Tracey Chapman
The Little Current Yacht Club was founded in 2003 by Manitoulin Island boaters in Little Current, Ontario. The original impetus was to sponsor an International Yacht Race, the "Macman Challenge", with Little Current as its destination and to start a "Youth Sailing Program to educate youngsters in the ways of the lakes, the lifeblood of Little Current since the town was established. Those humble beginnings started one of the most dynamic clubs on the Great Lakes. In addition, we sponsor a number of programs that are boater-friendly and very popular.
Our "CANSail Program" started as an extension of the “Canadian Yachting Association” program with their instructors coming to town to teach a one week program for Level One, Two, and Three. In 2009, we took a big step towards expanding our program by hiring our own instructor, who tailored the program to our needs and expanded the number of weeks. Our program was developed to provide more sailing time and introduce the Bronze Level. In 2011, we added a 3 day program, "A Taste of Sailing", for 7-10 years olds.
The "MacMan Challenge" now has a ten year history behind it and became one of the premier events to take place in the North Channel. It started on Mackinac Island with a registration and cocktail party at the Mackinac Island Yacht Club and ended with the Awards Party in Little Current. In between is a race that takes the participants through the beautiful North Channel islands with an intermediate stop in Gore Bay, another Manitoulin port. The MacMan boasts a number of sailors who have been in the race since the start either on their own boat or a friend’s yacht.
Local personality Roy Eaton hosts the "Cruisers’ Net", which is broadcasted on VHF radio channel 71 each morning in July and August at 9:00 am to the cruising community throughout the North Channel. In 2014, Roy celebrated his 10th anniversary of broadcasting. The daily broadcast includes extensive weather information, headline news, sports, and human interest stories. The broadcast also tries to help boaters in distress and locates boats that are being sought by family or friends for a variety of reasons. The broadcast has become so effective that it is recognized and used by both the Canadian and US Coast Guard to locate boats in emergency situations. The broadcast ends by asking boaters to call in and give their locations.
"WD 40 for the Mind" grew out of the "Cruisers’ Net" broadcast and offers boaters in the area a variety of entertaining and informative lectures on subjects from favorite harbors to astronomy. The dates and location of the lectures are announced on the broadcast. Attendance has helped get the cruisers get together while passing along a little knowledge.
Our "Club Racing Program" boasts five races that take the boats around the Islands (North Channel buoys). The series boasts a goodly number of participants who vie for a race flag and bragging rights at the dinner party that follows each race. The boat that has the best performance in 4 out of 5 races wins the coveted Manitoulin Island "Boat of the Year Trophy”.
Our first "Dingy Poker Run" was started in 2009. This event provided its participates with a wet and wild time. This fun activity promotes friendship amongst our visitors and local boaters alike.